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Ever wondered what motivates sales people at large consumer electronics stores? Money! Read about Ian Gregson’s experiences over the last holiday shopping season. Also in this issue, info on beta releases of Emailer 2.0 and Apple’s CFM-68K Runtime Enabler, Mark Anbinder looks at the WebTV, and Stuart Cheshire examines in detail how latency brings your super-fast new modem to its knees.

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CFM-68K Beta

CFM-68K Beta -- Last December, Apple recommended that owners of 68K Macs disable the CFM-68K Runtime Enabler because it could cause serious crashes and data loss with some applications (see TidBITS-356), and Mac OS 7.6 did not support CFM-68K

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BBEdit 4.0.3

BBEdit 4.0.3 -- Bare Bones Software has updated BBEdit, the commercial version of its popular text editor. (See TidBITS-365.) The new BBEdit 4.0.3 has improved FTP and HTML support, better integration with CodeWarrior, and faster launch times, as well as better performance on PowerPC 603 and 604 processors

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Emailer 2.0 Beta

Emailer 2.0 Beta -- Claris has announced a public beta of Emailer 2.0, which now stores all its messages in a single file (eliminating serious performance and storage problems with earlier versions) and features enhanced filtering capabilities

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Selling Performas at the Front Lines

Do you ever wonder why, when you walk into a large consumer electronics store that sells Macs, the sales staff are not always very helpful (or sometimes even friendly)? My experiences during the last holiday shopping season gave me insight into why some Macintosh buyers get the cold shoulder from sales staff. I've used a Mac since 1989, and - just before Christmas - I subcontracted with Apple on one of their in-store promotions, called Apple Demo Days

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An Internet for the TV Generation

The Web has grabbed the attention of many people who hunger for information and entertainment, and groups as varied as the National Hockey League and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have put huge efforts into making their Web sites attractive and informative

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Bandwidth and Latency: It’s the Latency, Stupid (Part 1)

Years ago David Cheriton at Stanford University taught me something that seemed obvious at the time - if you have a network link with low bandwidth then it's easy to put several in parallel to make a combined link with higher bandwidth, but if you have a network link with bad latency then no amount of money can turn any number of parallel links into a combined link with good latency