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CD-ROM Superstar

They aren't fast, they aren't pretty, and they seldom connect to your stereo as nicely as you would like, but CD-ROMs are here to stay. They have found a niche in the market despite their many limitations because they provide an excellent way to disseminate lots of information cheaply

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Electronet, Yet Again

Yes, folks, it's passed into the trend phase. Wireless networks are all the rage these days, though none have made their way to my door yet. I heard the latest news from the strangest source, the evening news on the radio

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Faxing Printers

We've long lamented the wastefulness of stand-alone fax machines when most of the components of them could be used with a computer to further increase productivity

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HYPERTEXT ’91

[Editor's note: We're including this notice on the hypertext conference not because it is big news, but because we believe that the future of information dissemination lies in electronic systems

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Cool Technologies

We've already talked about the latest networking technologies from Motorola and possibly Apple, but other truly neat technologies have recently shown up. Storage-wise, we haven't heard anything more about Canon's optical card, but Intel should be shipping new Flash Memory Cards in a month or so

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Scissors, Paper, Disk

As with the paper in the children's game, Scissors, Paper, Rock, Farallon hopes to cover all the formats with its new DiskPaper product. Basically, DiskPaper is an intelligent "print to disk" utility

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HELP!

You can be singing the Beatles' Apple Corp. song to Apple Computer with their new toll-free helpline. However, you can't call them to complain that your Mac insists that your favorite floppy disk is damaged when it looks fine to you

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Geoworks Ensemble

Windows 3.0 is nice if you use a PC-clone, but it is a tad hardware hungry. Reports indicate that a nice Windows platform is a 25 MHz 80386 machine with color VGA and 4 meg of memory

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An LC Education

The latest discussions on Usenet have focussed on the new Macs, but a number of them have taken an interesting twist. Some think the Mac LC, which won't be available in quantity until early next year, will be Apple's new education computer in that it has decent speed, color support, and a relatively low price tag

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TidBITS Countdown

Recently, we've been implementing small changes here and there, making the TidBITS stack a little cleaner and easier to use. In the next week or so though, the true experimentation will start as we test out a different look for the entire interface

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New Mac Attack

In an effort to compete in the low and mid-range computer market, Apple officially announced three new Macs, the Mac Classic, Mac LC, and Mac IIsi. For those who read the industry press, the announcement had few surprises, but those not up on the details may appreciate a run down of the specifications for these new machines

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Shades of Hope & Glory

Sometimes priceless news can be found in places where you least expect them. BusinessWeek, Oct 15, has these interesting nuggets (all literal quotes from that issue): BusinessWeek half-admits that a policy of "licensing portions of Apple's proprietary OS to outside manufacturers, to broaden the Mac market" is being considered

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Luxury Tax

Those of us who engage in sinful activities have become used to paying for them in the form of high taxes. Sin taxes, more commonly known as luxury taxes, bring in revenue from the sale of alcohol, cigarettes, and gasoline

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Notes & Comments/08-Oct-90

We're trying a slightly different format for displaying text in this week's TidBITS. It is designed for online consumption, whereas we've normally stuck with designs meant for paper consumption

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Canon Optical Card

Bored by that ho-hum magnetic storage? Yawning at the speed of the optical drives? Frustrated by the reliability of floppies? Well Canon has something for you