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More from the Mine

Way back when in September of 1990 (i.e. the good old days :-)), I wrote about a controller interface device called the Gold Brick. The Gold Brick is an interesting idea - it acts as an interface between the Mac's ADB and a variety of 2-D and 3-D controllers made for Nintendo games

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Help Systems

Most people have standard methods of figuring out what's wrong with their Macs. For some, it involves painstaking testing to test numerous INITs and applications in tandem; for others, like my parents and clients, it involves calling me

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MailBITS/27-May-91

Douglas Wyman writes, "At the Las Vegas 90 Fall COMDEX I saw a prototype digital camera which used EEROM cards instead of still-video floppies to record images

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SevenBITS/27-May-91

Everyone has been complaining for the last few years about System 7 needing 2 MB of RAM to run. Given the low price of memory (about $40 per MB), getting another megabyte shouldn't bankrupt too many people

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Storage Notes

I'm always interested in newer and bigger forms of mass storage, and a number of interesting announcements have come out in the last few months. Probably the storage device that will gain acceptance the fastest is the 88 MB SyQuest drive, which will first appear from PLI, MicroNet, and Mass Microsystems

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BAT News

One of my favorite people to talk to is Ward Bond, president of Infogrip, because he always pushes the envelope of technology. Infogrip makes the BAT chord keyboard, which should show up in the Mac market after they get enough money to pay an industrial designer to snazz it up for picky consumers

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TidBITS Wedding

As much as it would be a blast, we can't invite the thousands of you to the wedding. Tonya and I are getting married on June 15th, 1991, in a place probably best described as "somewhere in the middle of New York State." The ground rules for the wedding include (a) no one is allowed to wear uncomfortable shoes, and (b) if anyone absolutely has to wear a tie (which isn't encouraged), it had better be a fish tie

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Administrivia

Second, I foolishly said something nasty about how MIPS RISC chips weren't used in the mainstream RISC boxes. Bryan Van Vliet and Frank Nagy both corrected me on this one, since both DEC and Silicon Graphics use the MIPS chips and together hold about 23% of the market

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SevenBITS/20-May-91

After all that work and trouble to get 576 signatures on our letter to Apple, Connectix announced a software patch called MODE32 which lessens the need for new ROMs for the II, IIx, IIcx, and SE/30

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Digital Photography

I enjoy taking photographs, but since I'm not independently wealthy, I can't afford the cost of processing tons of pictures, much less the cost of some of the equipment I'd like

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Commodore CDTV

Despite being essentially boring technology (ooo, I can just tell some people aren't going to like that one), CD applications are taking off. First there's Kodak's PhotoCD system for storing pictures, and now along comes Commodore with CDTV

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MailBITS/13-May-91

Check out page 4 of the 07-May-91 issue of MacWEEK for the first time I've been quoted by a national magazine. Thanks to Henry Norr for including it. Emery Berger corrects our TechnoBITS article on Iterated Systems's fractal compression board since we blew it and missed the final sentence of the original BYTE article

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System Version News

System system, who's got the system? Apple has a couple of them that you might be interested in, so pay attention. You thought that System 7 was going to be the only System Software released in the next few months, but you weren't counting on 6.0.8

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ACE Standards

I probably can't sue for the use of my initials, and a group like the Advanced Computer Environment probably wouldn't notice anyway (besides, then I'd have to consort with lawyers :-))

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SevenBITS/13-May-91

These pseudo-sporadic columns are fun, if only because then I don't have to think of new titles all the time. I'm anticipating a ton of news related to System 7, so this space will collect what's interesting. First off, Dantz was nice enough to send out a free upgrade of Retrospect a few days ago