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TidBITS#283/26-Jun-95

Need ammunition for the Mac versus PC debate? Macworld columnist Cary Lu weighs in with a solid article on computing’s decade-old holy war. Also this week: software giant Adobe makes eyes at Frame, information on new versions of eWorld and ClarisWorks, and details on the AppleDesign Keyboard and the 6100 DOS Compatible. Finally, we have the conclusion of Luciano Floridi’s article, focussing on problems likely to result from the Internet’s explosive growth.

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Adobe Hoping to Frame Unix Market

Adobe Hoping to Frame Unix Market -- Another nibble in the computing industry's recent tendency to purchase major parts of itself: Adobe System announced last Thursday it was making a $500 million bid for Frame Technology, makers of FrameMaker, a high-end publishing package primarily used for lengthy technical documents

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Apple Design Keyboard Conflict

Apple Design Keyboard Conflict -- Thanks to Jim Mueller for posting the details of the conflict between the Apple Design Keyboard and the DOS Compatible card for the Power Mac 6100 (Steven Lee mentioned this briefly in his article in TidBITS-282)

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ClarisWorks Turns Four

ClarisWorks Turns Four -- ClarisWorks 4.0 for the Macintosh is now shipping, and upgrades are available for $49 (list price is $129). The Windows version of ClarisWorks 4.0 is slated for release before the end of 1995 and will have the same interface as the Macintosh version

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eWorld Turns One

eWorld Turns One -- To note the one-year anniversary of its eWorld online service, Apple announced version 1.1 of the eWorld client software, which should be available online via eWorld and will also be pre-installed on Macintoshes in all countries where eWorld is available

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Microsoft Antitrust Victory

Microsoft Antitrust Victory -- On 16-Jun-95, a federal appeals court ruled that an agreement between Microsoft and the Department of Justice regarding the company's software-licensing practices be approved

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Computing’s Holy War

[Published in the Seattle Times, June 18, 1995. Revised June 26 to include support numbers from Microsoft. Copyright 1995 by Cary Lu. This article may be freely copied and distributed in paper and electronic form without charge if this copyright paragraph is included.] The battle between proponents of Macintosh and IBM PC computers has for many years resembled a religious war, and as in all religious wars, much of the rhetoric has been driven more by ignorance than knowledge

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The Internet & the Future of Organized Knowledge: III of III

[Note: we thank Professor Floridi for kind permission to reprint this material, which is a shortened version of a paper he gave at a UNESCO Conference in Paris, March 14-17, 1995.] Part Three: The Problems In the previous two parts of this article, I argued for an understanding of the Internet as a new stage in the growth of the Human Encyclopedia, and showed how it allows us to do new kinds of research by asking third-level (ideometric) questions about our data