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TidBITS#210/24-Jan-94

Happy Birthday, Macintosh! We glance back at Apple’s view of its past through quotes from annual reports and then look forward at some of the intriguing new technologies Apple plans for the future. A few small comments, the embedded speech commands necessary to make your Mac sing Happy Birthday, and the issue rounds out with a review of a most interesting program, Meeting Space from World Benders, which creates virtual conference centers on any network.

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Administrivia

Several people wrote to correct my inexact terminology in talking about URLs pointing at files available on the nets via FTP (and, at times in the future, Gopher or the World-Wide Web)

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Dataproducts Damage

Dataproducts Damage -- Mark Anbinder writes: A number of computer industry companies were affected by last Monday's earthquake, centered near Northridge, California, just north of Los Angeles

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Auto Power Conflict

Auto Power Conflict -- Pete Resnick writes: I thought I'd pass along this warning: Auto Power On/Off is violently incompatible with my MacTCP-based Network Time control panel, which synchronizes the Macintosh clock with a network time server on the Internet

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Happy Birthday, Macintosh!

Today's the day, the day that the Macintosh was in some sense born. Apple introduced the Macintosh 128K on January 24th, 1984. Apple PR kindly sent me a slew of Apple propaganda about the event, including Apple's Annual Reports over the last ten years

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Singing Macs

In honor of the Mac's 10th birthday, Jon Kleiser worked up this set of embedded speech commands (with some bits modified intentionally to sound better - hence "Mackintosh") for Apple's Speech Manager

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New Apple Technologies

Along with the PowerPC, Apple showed in its Macworld Apple Pavilion a number of upcoming future technologies that promise to add to the power and the complexity of the Macintosh experience

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Meeting Space

Tired of doing lunch? Don't want to wake up for a power breakfast? A small company called World Benders has a program for you. Called Meeting Space, the program creates a virtual conference center in which you can interact with your online colleagues