News and updates this week, as we bring you news on Intuit’s MacInTax fix and Microsoft’s efforts to escape Apple’s QuickTime lawsuit. We also have follow-up information on ShrinkWrap and the U.S. Congress’s latest attempt to legislate cyberspace, along with news of a nifty utility disk from Apple and World-Wide Web security problems. We round out the issue with reviews of the Epson Color Stylus printer and Human Computing’s ComicBase Encyclopedia.
Nisus Software Returns -- We'd like to welcome back Nisus Software as a TidBITS sponsor. For those of you who have been hiding under a rock recently, we just finished a three-part review (starting in TidBITS-263) of Nisus Writer, the latest version of the company's powerful word processor
System 7.5 Network Startup Disk -- Apple's finally done what Macintosh network managers have been doing for years: created a DiskCopy image of a minimal startup disk that boots almost any Macintosh and puts it on a network
ShrinkWrap Update -- Some TidBITS readers were confused when the URL given for the disk-image utility ShrinkWrap 1.2 in TidBITS-260 seemed invalid. Turns out Chad Magendanz, ShrinkWrap's developer, has been especially ambitious lately, releasing new versions to add capabilities and fix a few problems
Communications Decency Act Follow-Up -- Several civil liberties, privacy, and electronic advocacy organizations are coordinating a campaign with the Voters Telecommunications Watch to oppose the Communications Decency Act, Senate bill 314, outlined in TidBITS-263
John T. Chapman writes:
A number of postings have shown up recently regarding an Edupage article on 21-Feb-95. This article suggests that there is a security hole in "Mosaic," which could lead to destruction of a number of Web sites.
Unfortunately, this article is somewhat inaccurate: the security weakness lies in the NCSA HTTPd server software (version 1.3) for Unix Web servers
The Demands of Video -- Microsoft announced that it will shortly release to developers version 1.1e of its Video For Windows (VFW) software, just a day before a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order halting the distribution of VFW 1.1d
As noted in TidBITS-261 and TidBITS-264, MacInTax has exhibited problems importing data from other software programs. Several TidBITS readers have reported other problems they've encountered with this year's version of MacInTax, and these folks certainly aren't alone
One of my current pet theories - to be tested this summer when I go to my ten year high school reunion - is that in many ways, our teenage years form the basis for the people we become
This Christmas, my wife sent me on a scavenger hunt. As I followed the clues, I finally ended up in her closet and found a big, beautiful box hidden beneath some clothes