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TidBITS#145/05-Oct-92

The Duo debate continues and we present the first 7.1 tip for early birds. Printer mavens will like HP’s new dual cartridge color DeskWriter, NEC has a new driver for the CDR-74 that solves some problematic conflicts, we figure out just how Performa users will re-install system software since they don’t get bundled system disks, and finally, a review of a rare book on tech support.

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Administrivia

I said last week that I might do Macintosh price chart this week after the suggested retail price drop had a chance to sink in. Well, either it hasn't had a chance, or it won't sink in, since street prices didn't change from the chart in TidBITS-143

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LISTSERV 101

LISTSERV 101 -- I like helping people with subscription problems to the TIDBITS LISTSERV, but it isn't a good use of my time since you can easily do everything yourself

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8*24 GC Refund Program Extended

8*24 GC Refund Program Extended -- Mark H. Anbinder writes, "According to this week's dealer bulletin, the 8/24 GC Video Card Refund Program is being extended through 30-Oct-92." [For more information on this, check out TidBITS-143

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WriteMoving Ribbon

WriteMoving Ribbon -- Mark H. Anbinder writes: One nifty feature of the new GCC printer is its "ribbon saving" feature. GCC's dealer material describes it like this: "In order to print more quickly, the WriteMove II's ribbon cartridge continues to spool even as it passes over white spaces in your document

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Duo Doubters

Perhaps I was a tad over-enthusiastic about the PowerBook Duos last week. Two readers pointed out problems that I had conveniently ignored in my article

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CDR-74 Problem

On October 19th, that oh-so-magical date, Apple will announce a new machine, the IIvx, that includes an internal double-speed CD-ROM drive, reportedly from Sony

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Now Utilities 4.0 Bugs Out

After much anticipation from users, Now Software recently shipped version 4.0 of the popular Now Utilities package. Aside from concerns regarding the exclusion of certain utilities from the package, the promised features left little wanting

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System 7.1 Tip O’ The Week

To get you into the mood for System 7.1, Robert Hess passed on this tip from Leonard Rosenthol, chief technical wizard at Aladdin Systems. Apparently you can put FKEYs and other resources in System 7.1's special Fonts folder and the system will open them automatically

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Performa Systems

It seems that the Performas, although they run a slightly modified version of System 7.0.1, will not ship with a full set of system disks. This is a problem for a third-party tech support person when she wants the user to test a problem by booting from a floppy disk or to correct a problem by re-installing the system

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Double DeskWriters

I enjoy seeing Hewlett-Packard enhance its popular DeskWriter printers, and last year's introduction of the DeskWriter C color printer did not disappoint me