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TidBITS#223/25-Apr-94

We have lots of interesting comments from readers in this issue, including more on the mean time between failures for hard drives, the new PowerBooks, Symantec’s purchasing history, and various Apple products. Mark Anbinder reports on Apple’s new 17" monitor and the continuance of Apple’s Vintage hardware program, and Tim Levy tells us about the massive database for tracking Macintosh software updates that he’s created for TidBITS readers.

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New PowerBook Comments

New PowerBook Comments -- In regard to the upcoming release of new PowerBooks mentioned in TidBITS #222, Dave Hirsh warns: "The 9.5" color active matrix screens that the 540 will use are probably going to suffer the same supply problems that IBM has with the ThinkPad 750Cs

Adam Engst No comments

Ron Davis

Ron Davis of Datawatch writes in response to our query about the status of 911 Utilities: Datawatch's 911 Utilities product is only available in the SuperSet utilities package

Adam Engst No comments

Buy, Don’t Build

Buy, Don't Build -- An ex-Symantec employee writes to tell us about how many programs Symantec has developed as opposed to acquiring: As a matter of fact, it's pretty easy to figure out

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Apple reports

Apple reports that their 14-Mar-94 price lists stated incorrectly that the Power Macintosh 6100/60 logic board upgrade (item M2343LL/A) includes 2 MB of VRAM, or video memory

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

The QuickTake 100

The QuickTake 100 digital camera, or more precisely, the software bundled with it, is not yet compatible with Power Macintoshes. Apple plans to offer a "QuickTake for Power Macintosh Install Disk," which will work in conjunction with the two disks already provided

Adam Engst No comments

Brian Hall

Brian Hall writes about General Magic's Magic Cap: A product using Magic Cap has been shown - the Motorola Envoy. Motorola had a large island booth at Mobile '94 recently, and they had seven or eight third-party developers showing off applications

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Old Monitor Makes Way

Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Apple recently introduced its new Multiple Scan 17 Display, a 17" color Trinitron monitor expected to be available worldwide this month

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Oldies but Goodies

Apple's warehouses have long been filled to the rafters with potentially useful, but unwanted, obsolete equipment. This practice kept good hardware out of the hands of potential purchasers and proved to be a tremendous waste of expensive storage space

Adam Engst No comments

MTBF, Redux

The discussion that arose following our offhand question about how those mean time between failure (MTBF) numbers are arrived at continues to spawn interesting comments

Tim Levy No comments

System Software Updates

From time to time Apple issues updates to its Macintosh system software. These updates are either fixes to bugs that have been discovered or versions that introduce some new capability