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With our 222nd issue, TidBITS is officially four years old. Read on for a rambling history of the last four years, and for more up-to-date news, check out Tonya’s article about the new Blackbird PowerBooks, the 520 and 540, and the new 68040 Duos. The software industry continues to implode, with Symantec and Central Point merging, and last but not least, Chris Holmes of Dantz sets the record straight on running Retrospect under Power Mac emulation.

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Now that Tonya is writing more articles for TidBITS, we need a way to differentiate who has written what, particularly with MailBITS. From now on, appropriate initials will appear in brackets at the end of the MailBITS, and I'll include myself in bylines

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Our book signings

Our book signings will be this Thursday, April 21st, at Stacey's in San Francisco (581 Market Street) from 12:30 to 2:00 PM, and at Borders Books in San Rafael (588 Francisco Blvd

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Whoops! Thanks to readers and CE Software staff members for pointing out that we published an incorrect telephone number for CE in TidBITS #221. The correct toll-free number for U.S

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Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes of Dantz Development writes in response to the note concerning Retrospect on the Power Macintosh in TidBITS #218: DantzLab has tested Retrospect extensively on the Power Macintosh and found that Retrospect 2.0B can fail when running in a stressful Virtual Memory environment

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PowerBook upgrades

PowerBook upgrades from most companies require you to send the PowerBook in for servicing (TidBITS #216). If you like little projects and want to upgrade without the hassle of mailing your PowerBook, you'll probably be attracted to Digital Eclipse's F/25X accelerator for the PowerBooks 140 and 145 and F/33X accelerator for the PowerBooks 160, 165, and 170

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Macintosh Rip-offs

Usually, selling a Macintosh through a electronic or paper want ad listing doesn't present serious problems, but recent reports suggest that you should watch out for "buyers" who have no interest in paying for your Macintosh

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds

The 68LC040 PowerBooks, code-named Blackbirds, are expected to swoop down onto dealers' shelves sometime in the second quarter of this year, and the latest word suggests Apple plans to officially announce them on May 16th

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TidBITS History

The first issue of TidBITS is dated 16-Apr-90. I sit here, four years later, working on our 222nd issue, and think about all that has changed and all that has remained the same