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TidBITS#108/24-Feb-92

Read all about it! Virus authors caught and charged! We also have some important details about the MBDF virus. In addition, check out the news about an impressive new Unix-based Macintosh emulator, a review of the DataClub virtual server software, why you should wait to buy a LaserWriter IIf or IIg, Apple/IBM news from France, and hopefully the last word on the new StyleWriter driver.

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Administrivia

Thanks to all of you who have returned the survey to us. I'm sure results will continue to flow in, so send yours in if you want to be in the running for a button

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Errors of the week

Errors of the week -- I originally had a funny mailer message slated for this spot, and I will include that below for a little relief from the real error of the week, which was the SFU mailing list

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Funny error

Funny error -- I occasionally receive messages from mailers when requests to the fileserver bounce, and this one takes the cake. This is the sort of thing that artificial intelligence researchers should watch out for from the very beginning - a little introspection is a good thing

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SuperClock! error

SuperClock! error -- Steve Christensen, the author of SuperClock!, writes in regard to Mark H. Anbinder's article "Quadra Vampires", "Well, that's news to me

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Elephantine IIf & IIg

We've heard a rumor from the illustrious Pythaeus that the LaserWriter IIf and IIg will soon ship with more memory, standard. My spec sheets claim that the IIf ships with 2 MB and the IIg with 5 MB, but there have been rumblings from early purchasers that 2 MB in particular is just not enough, especially when printing legal size pages or pages with complicated graphics

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MBDF Virus

Just after I wrote last week that the Mac world hasn't seen a virus in some time, one has to pop up. The latest and slimiest entry into the virus hall of infamy (I know some people who are in a kneecap-breaking mood over this one) is called MBDF after the resource that it uses to infect System files and applications

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Taligent Up & Running

Apple and IBM announced today the appointment of the senior officers and board of directors for Taligent, the joint operating system company the two formed last October

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Quorum

Latest in the line of Macintosh emulators to be announced (but how many of those have actually shipped - two?) come two programs from a small developer called Quorum

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StyleWriter Driver Info

There has been some incorrect information flying around, and I may have even aided it in a posting I made to the Info-Mac digest, so let me see if I can explain what is really happening with the new StyleWriter driver, 7.2.2

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DataClub Review

DataClub is one of those programs that people thought would die a horrible death when System 7's FileSharing appeared. From what I gather from talking to the folks at International Business Software and from using it on our Macs here, DataClub is still doing well, and for good reason. Before System 7 came out, people usually used TOPS to share files among several Macs