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TidBITS#237/01-Aug-94

The issue starts off with news of a new version of QuickMail from CE Software, followed by an announcement of some new Macintosh Internet sites that should be of interest to all. Jamie McCarthy solemnly informs us of the true conspiracy behind Apple’s decision to use IDE drives in favor of SCSI drives in the most recent Macs, we look at some PowerPC/Pentium marketing feuds, and we end with a few first impressions of Apple’s eWorld online service.

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Administrivia

We're in Boston for Macworld Expo this week, which means several things. First, although we are receiving email, replies may be delayed. Secondly, since this is the first time we've created and released an issue completely on the PowerBook 100, there may be some glitches, and in particular, we can't double-check URLs contained in this issue

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Aladdin Systems

Aladdin Systems reports that they have released a bug fix update to StuffIt Expander and DropStuff with Expander Enhancer (see TidBITS-235 and TidBITS-236)

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

The Quadra 660AV

The Quadra 660AV has a new lease on life. Apple's announcement to dealers that the Quadra 660AV 8/500/CD model (M2691LL/A) is being replaced with a similar model (M2691LL/B) containing a tray-loading CD-ROM drive, effective today, suggests that the machine will be around for a while longer

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

No Trackpad on the PowerBook 150

No Trackpad on the PowerBook 150 according to Apple. Apparently a popular weekly paper publication slipped up and incorrectly stated that the new entry-level notebook computer sports one of the touch-sensitive devices found on the 500-series PowerBook models

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

CE Announces New QuickMail & Add-Ons

Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Last month, CE Software, Inc. announced its plans to ship QuickMail 3.0 in August. The major revision to the company's popular LAN-based electronic mail software includes long-demanded features such as text searching and spell checking, as well as new capabilities including automated mail processing

Elliotte Rusty Harold No comments

Mac FAQ Sites

Internet-savvy Mac users might be interested in taking note of two new services. First is a new software archive at: ftp://rever.nmsu.edu/pub/macfaq/ This archive contains almost all freely distributable software mentioned in the FAQ lists for comp.sys.mac.misc, comp.sys.mac.system and comp.sys.mac.apps

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IDE Conspiracy

"Development of cost-saving IDE controllers for the Mac has also been nuked, although the project was far enough along that an IDE Mac can't be ruled out." - MacWEEK, July 19, 1993, p

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PowerPC/Pentium Feuding

In the bloody PowerPC/Pentium marketing war, Intel has fired another shot (well, what did you expect them to do?). Several people have reported that the magazine Computer Shopper is running a poll to see if people are interested in the PowerPC chip

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First Impressions of a Brave New eWorld

After years of AppleLink's exorbitantly high access charges, Apple has finally decided to provide a real online service. Yes, there's a whole new world out there to explore - Apple's eWorld. I know what you're thinking - with CompuServe, America Online, GEnie, Prodigy, Delphi, BIX, the Internet, and all sorts of miscellaneous bulletin boards out there, what can be all that new in this brave new world? Well, some of the information providers inhabiting the eWorld only exist on one of the other services, and Apple's graphical interface is one of the most visually pleasing ones I've seen