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We're all back from Macworld San Francisco, where we had a good time despite gusty wind and rain and a somewhat ho-hum show. Our personal high points came when playing country mice riding up the multiple floors of semi-circular escalators at the Nordstrom store on Market Street and riding up the 32-floor-high external glass elevators at the Westin StShow full article

Hayden Sponsoring

Hayden Sponsoring -- We'd like to welcome our latest sponsor, Hayden Books, the company that publishes Tonya's and my books, along with many other titlesShow full article

PowerCity Notes

PowerCity Notes -- PowerCity, which started sponsoring TidBITS last week, was briefly overwhelmed by the unexpectedly enthusiastic response. Unfortunately, their response time increased significantly during the peak load timesShow full article

CD-ROM Arrives

Charles Wheeler writes: Your end of the year report in TidBITS-257 neglected to mention that 1994 was finally the year CD-ROM gained mass acceptance after years of tryingShow full article

Metrowerks Cross-Platform Development

David M. Palmer writes: On the subject of DOS compatibility, Metrowerks, which in the past year has become THE Macintosh development system company, has announced CodeWarrior Platinum, which is the Metrowerks developer environment (Pascal, C, C++, etc.) that can compile for the 68x00, the PowerPC, and the Intel 80x86Show full article

No OS/2 for DOS in Mac, Maybe Power Mac

No OS/2 for DOS in Mac, Maybe Power Mac -- For those who asked, the DOS card from Reply cannot currently run IBM's OS/2 operating system. Apparently it looks for something in firmware which exist on the cardShow full article

Macworld Expo - Internet Wannabes Galore

Every year, like all members of the press, we try to figure out the unofficial theme of the show. This year, the annual Netters' Dinner stood in traditional relief against this unofficial theme: Internet products by those who don't quite get it (and a few who do)Show full article

QuickDraw GX at the Expo

After writing about QuickDraw GX in TidBITS-243 , I settled in to wait for Macworld Expo, where I hoped to see the wonders of GX fonts in action. GX has gobs of practical problems, but I thought (and still think) that the fonts are compelling enough to make some abandon practicality and to make others improve the practicality. Mainstream vendors of the feature-laden monstrosities we consider "popular" programs appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to supporting GX fonts (though support for the GX printing architecture is more common)Show full article

Macworld SF Superlatives

Mark Anbinder started our tradition of an article awarding some tongue-in-cheek awards (and some serious ones) to various companies, products, and events at the showShow full article

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