As Adam celebrates his 29th birthday, we learn about Apple’s plans to enter the restaurant business and about new versions of the online workhorses Anarchie and BBEdit. We have news about a 43.2 Kbps modem technology from AetherWorks and Apple’s Open Transport/PPP. In addition, Tonya reviews Robin Williams’s latest book, and Dan Meriwether discusses how the Web is changing expectations about how companies are supposed to do business.
You Want Fries with that PowerBook? In a move best described as unexpected, Apple Computer announced last week a partnership and plans to develop a series of "cyber-based" theme restaurants (really!) bearing the name "Apple Cafe." The first eatery is set to open in Los Angeles in late 1997 (future sites in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney are being considered), with an emphasis on multimedia, the Internet, technology showcases, and the Apple corporate identity
Anarchie 2.0.1 -- Peter N Lewis has released version 2.0.1 of his popular FTP client Anarchie (2.0.1 fixes a minor bug with international character sets in the three-day-old 2.0)
Bare Bones Software Ships BBEdit 4.0.2 -- The widely-used text editor BBEdit turned 4.0.2 last week. Fixes and features in the new version should be popular with developers and general-purpose users
Were You Fast Enough? Last Friday, CE Software shipped its new QuickMail Pro POP3 mail client software, and of course removed the beta version from its Web site just a few days after we published the URL in TidBITS-353
AetherWorks Corporation last week announced its first ready-for-market technology, a high-speed analog modem that will offer symmetrical 43.2 Kbps connections over an ordinary analog telephone line
When it comes to selecting a computer book, you usually can't go wrong with a Peachpit book by Robin Williams. Robin wrote The Little Mac Book (the book for Macintosh beginners), The Mac is not a Typewriter (see TidBITS-106), The Non-Designer's Design Book, and more
Last week, Apple released Open Transport/PPP 1.0, its first in-house implementation of PPP, the protocol most people use to connect to the Internet via a modem
How much money will my company make on the Internet?
I often hear this question from businesses. The answer, most of the time is, "in the best case scenario; you'll break even." When their color returns, I usually ask them, "How much money does a bank make from an ATM?"
For each ATM, a bank pays thousands of dollars for installation, insurance, daily maintenance, rental, network linkage, upgrades, theft-prevention, and more