PowerBooks Get Zipped -- Owners of PowerBooks with expansion bays - the 190, 5300, 1400, 3400, and G3 models - will finally be able to use their storehouse of Zip disks on the road without packing an external drive and its bulky power supply. VST announced last week the first shipments of its hot-swappable internal PowerBook Zip drives that read and write to Iomega's popular 100 MB disks. The long-delayed drives ship with one Zip disk containing a bootable version of Mac OS 8 pre-installed; the drive itself is ready to run out of the box, replacing the removable floppy drive or CD-ROM. The thought that an internal Zip drive might become a reality was one of the main factors that led me to purchase a 5300cs over a year ago. Suggested retail for the drives is $349.95. [JLC]
Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility
Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.
- Macintosh Hardware (10 Dec 97)
Published in TidBITS 405.
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