StarNine Rockets Out of Quarterdeck -- Last week, Quarterdeck sold StarNine Technologies - best known for WebSTAR, ListSTAR, and other Internet-related products - to Platinum Equity Holdings. StarNine will be preserved as an independent company, operating with hands-off support from Platinum. The StarNiners now have added incentive to ship WebSTAR 3.0 quickly (currently in public beta) so they can focus on new opportunities provided by Platinum. The sale also means that StarNine's current products have a better chance to flourish in a more supportive environment. History buffs will recall that Quarterdeck purchased StarNine in October of 1995 (see TidBITS-297). Since then, StarNine has remained profitable, but suffered as a result of Quarterdeck's losses and lack of focus. [TJE]
Enabling Auto Spelling Correction in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, the automatic spelling correction in applications is not usually activated by default. To turn it on, make sure the cursor's insertion point is somewhere where text can be entered, and either choose Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Correct Spelling Automatically or, if the Edit menu's submenu doesn't have what you need, Control-click where you're typing and choose Spelling and Grammar > Correct Spelling Automatically from the contextual menu that appears. The latter approach is particularly likely to be necessary in Safari and other WebKit-based applications, like Mailplane.
- Quarterdeck Acquires StarNine (02 Oct 95)