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TidBITS#131/29-Jun-92

Wondering about expanding a PowerBook’s hard drive space? Want to do some visual programming? Interested in hearing some great music from your Mac? Curious about how you can go to jail by using your color scanner and DeskJet C? Still wondering whether you should buy Word 5.0 or Nisus 3.06? Answers to these questions, and maybe even a few more, inside. There is, however, no little plastic toy. Sorry.

Adam Engst No comments

Administrivia

This issue has reached you extremely early because we're going to be enjoying ourselves on vacation back in New York State. Luckily, we've had a lot of excellent submissions from around the world, so I didn't have to kill myself to put this issue out

Murph Sewall No comments

Expanding a PowerBook

Ah, the choices one must make. I find it so hard to pick up the PowerBook and leave home without stuffing it with every conceivable application I just might have a use for, even ones I haven't used for months

Adam Engst No comments

Pixel Anxiety

We've been hearing more griping about the number of pixels that are either dead or void on the PowerBook 170 active matrix screens. Dead pixels don't make anybody happy, but given the low manufacturing yields, they seem to be an unfortunate reality

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Prograph Extensions

TGS Systems, Ltd, the publisher of the Prograph visual, object-oriented programming environment, recently announced that they have extended the capabilities of the environment through a family of six extensions

Ken Linger No comments

SoundTracker

Something new has begun to sweep the Macintosh free-software scene. Sure, we all enjoy the freeware and shareware programs available from numerous electronic repositories, but they are usually modifications to already existing programs, free or otherwise, with only a few changes to differentiate them

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Use a Scanner, Go to Jail

Hewlett-Packard included a bulletin in a recent mailing to dealers warning them that, when demonstrating the capabilities of HP scanners, they must avoid scanning money and other "sensitive documents." Anyone who does scan such documents risks "Constructive Seizure" of their computer equipment, up to $25,000 in fines, or up to fifteen years imprisonment. Apparently HP has learned of an incident where U.S

Matt Neuburg No comments

Nisus/Word Comparison

Here's one more drop in the never-ending flow of One Person's Opinions comparing Nisus 3.06 and Word 5.0. Your mileage may vary, and this is certainly not the last word - pun intended, as I suspect that Word 6.0 (mid-1993 is the current fantasy prediction) will change things considerably, especially if it includes a macro language and automatic numbering of figures, cross-referencing, and so forth. These comments adopt roughly the order and categories of my review of Nisus, published by TidBITS and living on sumex-aim.stanford.edu as /info-mac/digest/tb/tidbits-nisus.etx; see it for more detail if desired