Steve Jobs capped last week by announcing $106 million in quarterly earnings, a profitable year, and the long-awaited Mac OS 8.5. The positive financials are great, but everyone wants to know about Mac OS 8.5, so Technical Editor Geoff Duncan delves into the important new features and major conflicts. Also, Adam presents his ideas for reviving old software, and we report on the release of Keep It Up 2.0.1 and the numerous problem reports about Norton Utilities 4.0.
iMac Propels Apple to $106 Million in Earnings -- Citing streamlined operations and strong unit shipments, Apple Computer has announced earnings of $106 million for the fiscal quarter ending 25-Sep-98
Keep It Up 2.0.1 Adds Remote Management -- Karl Pottie has released Keep It Up 2.0.1, a major upgrade to his $22 shareware server application monitoring tool
Norton Utilities 4.0 Problem Reports Abound -- The much-awaited release of Norton Utilities 4.0 may have come too soon. Numerous people (including TidBITS staff members) have experienced problems - some resulting in significant data loss - after using Norton Disk Doctor 4.0
Last week, in TidBITS-450, I wrote about the demise of Emailer and problems with Apple's options. Briefly, continuing to develop Emailer would be expensive, marketing it as a commercial product would be unlikely to pay off, and giving it away would irritate developers
The wait is over: with considerable fanfare, Apple last week released Mac OS 8.5, billing it as a smarter, faster version of the Mac OS with enhanced Internet integration and a raft of new features