Owners of Metricom's Ricochet wireless modems can get a free Web browsing boost thanks to a recent deal with Connectix Corporation. (See Jeff Carlson's "Tied Down No More: The Ricochet Wireless Modem" in TidBITS 366 for more information.) Metricom is offering a free downloadable copy of Connectix's Surf Express, software that caches Web pages more efficiently than current Web browsers. According to figures taken from an evaluation study by UTSI International Corporation commissioned by Metricom, Surf Express provided the best smart-caching solution. The deal is being offered to current and future Ricochet subscribers; you must provide your modem's serial number and your billing zip code for validation before downloading the 1.8 MB file.
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.
- Tied Down No More: The Ricochet Wireless Modem (17 Feb 97)