This issue offers news about DarkStar, an energy saving utility, an update to Gatekeeper (but no new virus, thankfully), a new QuickMail gateway, Newton MessagePad sales, a few AV Mac corrections, and, finally, an in-depth review of IN CONTROL, a powerful and flexible outliner mismarketed as a To Do List manager.
Tonya was one for two last week. Her expose of space aliens calling technical support brought in reprint requests from three continents (and yes, please feel free to reprint that article as long as you credit Tonya and TidBITS fully, and please send us a copy of the publication - use the address at the end of the issue)
AV Corrections -- First, we accidently flipped the code names. The Centris 660AV was originally known as the Tempest, and the Quadra 840AV was known as the Cyclone
Book News -- I haven't completed my book about connecting to the Internet from a Mac, but the major creative work is done, and I'm finishing the back matter now
Where's my Newton? -- If your daily newspaper offers a comics page, you may have guessed that Doonesbury author Garry Trudeau already has his Newton MessagePad, and you may be jealous! Not to worry; even though virtually all dealers in the "regional roll-out areas" such as Boston, New York, and San Francisco have run out of MessagePads, and some early purchasers have managed to resell their units for huge profits, the nationwide roll-out appears to be on schedule for Labor Day
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers
No, this doesn't mean Darth Vader has been paroled. DarkStar, released last month by Apple, and officially known as the "Monitor Energy Saver Control Panel," allows Macintosh users to conserve power using "Energy Star compliant" computers and monitors
Chris W. Johnson at the University of Texas recently released an update to his free Gatekeeper antiviral utility, version 1.2.8. The new version is a maintenance release, and doesn't address new viruses, but all Gatekeeper users should obtain this update.
Some earlier versions of Gatekeeper may comment that they are out of date, and suggest that the user find an update
Continuing their quest to sweep away the barriers between the world's electronic mail systems, Information Electronics recently announced the approaching 01-Sep-93 release of PostalUnion/SMTP for QuickMail, a new PostalUnion/SMTP gateway for CE Software's QuickMail.
PostalUnion is IE's modular gateway technology, allowing them to develop new gateway products efficiently by using common modules in similar gateways
Veteran readers of my contributions to TidBITS know that I am unabashedly obsessed with computer tools for the storage and retrieval of information. They also know that an almost unqualified rave review from me is a rare thing