Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
Two new PowerBooks and some volume software pricing deals blossom a week early on the Apple tree, followed by an excellent article on those pesky hardware handshaking cables that you need for fast modems. We also review Peirce Software's Smoothie, and provide bits about Retrospect A/UX, MacIntercomm, QuickTime 1.6 bugs, and phone line oddities. Finally, an announcement of the book I'm working on about connecting to the Internet from a Macintosh.
Sigh. It turns out that the Post Office added another ZIP code to our area shortly before we moved. Of course, no one told us about this, and we didn't notice right awayShow full article
Retrospect A/UX, which is almost identical to Retrospect 2.0 but includes full support for both Unix and Macintosh file systems, was announced recently by Dantz DevelopmentShow full article
The highlight of the annual Computer Bowl occurred when Bill Gates, who was a judge, posed the following question to the contestants: "What contest, held via Usenet, is dedicated to examples of weird, obscure, bizarre, and really bad programming?" After a moment of silence, Jean-Louis Gassee (ex-honcho at Apple) hit his buzzer and answered "Windows." MrShow full article
Modem Follies -- A number of people wrote in about Mark Anbinder's article in TidBITS #176 concerning a strange line noise problem. It seems that this problem was big news in Australia some time back, as Ian MacColl reported, and some of the theories there included some phones drawing too much power from the line, a capacitor charging to maintain stored numbers, or the affected phones reporting to their superiors at Telecom Australia Headquarters (a popular choice, since the problem was cyclical). Ed Segall proposed an alternate theory based on a problem he had and solvedShow full article
MacIntercomm and MacIntercomm Lite, originally developed by Mercury Computing, have been acquired by New World Computing (NWC). MacIntercomm is best known for its ability to transfer files at full speed in the background no matter what the foreground processShow full article
QuickTime 1.6 bugs are popping up all over. Jon Pugh reported on Info-Mac that he isolated a conflict between QuickTime 1.6 and Now Toolbox 4.0.1p that caused problems when resolving an alias that mounts a network volumeShow full article
It's time to let the electronic cat out of the proverbial bag. I'm writing my first book, although after 4.3 MB of TidBITS I suppose it's not quite a novel conceptShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Apple today surprised the world by introducing two PowerBook models a full week earlier than had been expected (see TidBITS #174)Show full article
Even more exciting (to some) than today's hardware introductions is Apple's announcement of the long-awaited Software Volume Licensing Program, enabling companies and other organizations needing multiple copies of Apple software to purchase them economically and efficiently. Starting today, products available for volume licensing are System 7.1 upgrades, Macintosh PC Exchange, At Ease, Apple Font Pack, AppleTalk Remote Access (ARA) Client, Data Access Language (DAL) Client, TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh, MacX, SNA-ps 3270, and SNA-ps 3270 GCShow full article
I draw attention to the article on high speed modems in TidBITS #163. Incidentally, you need a special hardware handshaking cable for these modems to reach their true potentialShow full article
I'm beginning to like one-trick ponies. I like Toner Tuner, which lets you reduce the amount of toner or ink or ribbon you use when printing, and although I personally don't have much use for it, I think those of you who do presentations will like Smoothie, from Peirce SoftwareShow full article