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TidBITS#686/30-Jun-03

Before you spend hours optimizing your Mac’s hard disk, read David Shayer’s article on why it’s a waste of time. Also this week, Adam wraps up MacHack coverage with anecdotes about the conference’s people, events, and fashions. Lastly, we note the winners of this year’s Apple Design Awards, clarify some Mac OS X adoption numbers, pass on Extensis’s acquisition of DiamondSoft and the demise of Casady & Greene, and call for German translators.

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Casady & Greene Shuts Down

Casady & Greene Shuts Down -- Casady & Greene, one of the oldest companies in the Macintosh market, is shutting down after 19 years, according to Bonnie Mitchell, Casady & Greene's VP of Public Relations

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Extensis Buys DiamondSoft

Extensis Buys DiamondSoft -- Just a few days after Apple revealed that Mac OS X 10.3 Panther would feature a font-management utility called Font Book, Extensis (makers of Suitcase) announced that it was buying DiamondSoft (makers of Font Reserve)

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Remember? Not Forgotten

Remember? Not Forgotten -- Dave Warker's Remember?, a superbly simple calendar and reminder application that got its start as a desk accessory, has at last migrated to Mac OS X with version 4

Adam Engst No comments

MacHack 2003 Vignettes

Normally after Macintosh conferences I like to draw some conclusions about what we can learn about the overall world of the Macintosh from the attendees, the discussions, the attendance, and so on

David Shayer No comments

Optimizing Disks Is a Waste of Time

Optimizing disks is a waste of time. There, I said it. The horse is out of the bag, the cat is out of the barn. So why do so many people believe that an optimizer is an essential part of any Mac user's tool kit? And what does it mean to optimize a disk, anyway? Background Fragments -- When you save a file to disk, the file system looks for an empty space to write the data

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/30-Jun-03

Power Mac G5 specs -- Serial ATA bus speeds, swapping hard drives, heat dissipation, maximum RAM, and more in this Power Mac G5 examination. (27 messages) Older Power Macs still available -- In the wake of the Power Mac G5 announcement, Apple is still selling a Power Mac G4 model - that can even boot into Mac OS 9! (4 messages) The "Outlook" for Mail -- Apple's Mail application will use the Safari engine to render HTML messages in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther