This week brings several corrections and clarifications of previous articles, RAM prices increasing, the pen-based PowerBook project disappearing, and the postponement of the online Congressional hearing. In the rumor department, Apple releases another hardware update and Prodigy appears on the Internet. Finally, Roy McDonald of Connectix anchors the issue with a thoughtful paper on software acceleration.
I need to issue a correction and an apology. There is no way Jesse Helms could be involved with the House of Representatives' pilot project because he is a Senator, not a Representative
The Macintosh LC 520 is sold in Canada, or so writes to tell us. Unlike in the U.S., where Apple currently sells the LC 520 only to the education market, normal people can buy the LC 520 in Canada
Bite the Purple Bullet and buy yourself a bigger PowerBook drive. Along with the cases that various hard drive vendors sell, you can now buy a $99 NuBus card from ETC Peripherals that will accept your 2.5" hard drive (or a 3.5" low-power drive if you buy an optional Purple Bullet Expander)
In the unconfirmed news department, I hear that Apple has finished the Macintosh Hardware System Update 2.0, but that the update is not yet generally available
Fireworks weren't the only thing blowing up on the Fourth of July this year. In Japan the Sumitomo epoxy plant, which made most of the epoxy used in constructing DRAM chips, blew up
Along with all the layoffs, Apple has cut back projects deemed non-essential. Among them was the pen-based PowerBook, probably a modified Duo.
In some ways it's a shame that such projects are dying, because even if they never lead to real products, the research often benefits Apple in other ways
Fresh off the heels of correcting my egregious mistake regarding Senator Helms, it seems that the Online Congressional Hearing was postponed until later in the year
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Hardware gets faster every year. We've all come to expect it. And, a huge amount of work is going on right now to ensure that next year the same thing will happen.
Software gets more features