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TidBITS#120/20-Apr-92

In the slime department, watch out for the new CODE 252 virus. The legal news of the week concerns the 36 items thrown out of the Apple/Microsoft suit; a number of people pass on more very important details about Tune-Up 1.1.1; and Jon Pugh reviews the super cool VideoSpigot. To close out the issue, we have articles on Apple putting the IIfx out to pasture and the AppleShare upgrade offer ending soon. Also, Happy 2nd Birthday to TidBITS!

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TidBITS 2.0

Happy Birthday! This issue marks TidBITS's second anniversary. As you can see, we've put out 120 issues, averaging 60 per year or slightly more than one per week

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Trash Trick

Trash Trick -- Dave Anderson writes with another method of tricking Nisus or similar applications into using the trash as a storage place for secondary backup files

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Code 252 Virus

Sigh. Trouble comes in threes, and this is the third virus in the last few months. Once again, the estimable virus team has done its work well, and most of the anti-virus tools should be up to date by the time you read this

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Tune-Up Notes

Robert Hess writes: Not that it matters, but System 7 Tune-Up is not just an extension. The first time you run it, it patches the System to fix the "disappearing files bug." Each boot after that, it checks the System to see if the patch needs to be re-applied (which would be the case if you reinstalled the System from scratch, thus losing the original patch); if not, it continues with the other RAM-only (INIT) patches

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Another Round to Microsoft

Last week Judge Vaughn Walker threw out a number of the issues in the long-standing suit between Apple and Microsoft. I don't feel that this is as important a decision as at least one article in the Wall Street Journal implied

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VideoSpigot Review

I thought QuickTime was obviously cool when it first came out. It's hard not get all goggle-eyed when you first see movies running on a computer screen without any special hardware

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Wicked Fast IIfx Retired

Of all the changes to Apple's product lineup that took place on 15-Apr-92, the quietest was the departure of the Macintosh IIfx. The high-end Macintosh II offering has never quite fit into the product line, thanks to some engineering oddities and, of course, the eventual appearance of the Quadra series. The IIfx remained on Apple's rolls this long probably because of its six NuBus slots as much as anything else

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AppleShare Upgrade Offer Ends

Apple has announced that its AppleShare 3.0 upgrade offer will be ending at the end of April. The offer, introduced last fall with the new version of the file server software, allows owners of previous versions to upgrade free or at a reduced price. The company plans to honor upgrade requests until 30-Apr-92, even though the offer was originally scheduled to end on 01-Apr-92