The Power Macintosh arrives! What did you think we would talk about this issue? Mark Anbinder covers the details of the line and briefly reports on some of the applications shipping in native mode. We attended the Power Macintosh introduction in Seattle and brought back full pricing information along with some musings on where the Power Macs are now and where they’re going. Also, the first Power Macintosh Easter Egg!
A quick update - the Info-Mac archive site at is back up and running, although you should still try to use mirror sites whenever possible.
John Norstad announced last Friday that a new version of Disinfectant, version 3.4.1, is available. Disinfectant 3.4.1 fixes the minor problems reported in TidBITS #216, and is available at:
In addition to the problem when scanning System Enablers on some Macs, John says that 3.4.1 fixes a tendency of the protection INIT to incorrectly identify INIT 9403 virus infections, using the wrong name.
Power Macintosh Easter Egg -- Mike Basham has reported the first Easter Egg for the Power Macintoshes. First, make sure no debugger is loaded. Hold down the interrupt switch while turning on the Power Mac, and then let up
John Sculley and Spectrum, his former employer, have dropped their mutual lawsuits against each other, and to spoil the fun even further, have agreed not to talk about the situation at all
BMUG MacFest '94 goes on this coming Saturday, 19-Mar-94, at UC Berkeley's ASUC Pauley Ballroom from 10 AM to 6 PM. It's sounds like a good time and should be a less-overwhelming trade show atmosphere than Macworld
John Baxter writes:
I've run into something that grammar mavens may find interesting. Consider this correct [English version] AppleScript code:
tell word 4 of paragraph 2 of document 1 of application "Scriptable Text Editor"
get it's text
Here, Apple has managed to make AppleScript syntax so English-like that it commits the all-too-common mistake of using "it's" instead of "its" as the possessive.
You can of course also write that statement as:
get the text of it
That sounds terribly stilted, but at least avoids the incorrect use of the contraction in place of the possessive
Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc.
In 1984, Apple shipped Macintosh with virtually no third-party software available. Almost at the last minute, the company made up for the shortage of ready-to-ship software by including its own MacWrite and MacPaint products at no charge
TidBITS has shared most of the relevant information about the Power Macs over the past few weeks, but this article takes a quick look at the official details from Apple.
Power Macintosh -- All three new computers introduced today bear the name "Power Macintosh," and are built around a PowerPC 601 microprocessor, the first-generation chip resulting from joint efforts among Apple, IBM, and Motorola
Here are the official prices, straight from the Apple propaganda distributed at today's presentation. All of these prices are "Apple prices," which means that they are probably relatively close to what you'll pay at a normal dealer
The Power Macintosh arrived today amid a 90 minute Apple presentation beamed via satellite to over 300 locations around the world. We attended the gala event in Seattle, although except for some niceties such as PowerBars (usually for athletes), apples, and gobs of candy outside the hall and a short introduction by a local Apple person, everyone else in the world saw the same show.
Apple provided little information of substance, but that's not surprising since the presentation aimed for glitz and market placement