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Adam Engst 5 comments

TidBITS 32nd Anniversary and the 32K Text Barrier

Powers of 2 resonate throughout the world of technology, so on our 32nd anniversary, it’s impossible not to think of the long-ago limitation that kept Mac apps and Internet gateways from being able to deal with more than 32K of text.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Take Control Books

Time flies when you’re doing good work. After Joe Kissell took over Take Control Books from TidBITS Publishing in 2017, the ebook imprint has continued to thrive and is now marking its 20th anniversary with a free ebook, a big sale, and some thoughts about the impact it has on the Apple ecosystem.

Jeff Porten 15 comments

CES 2020: Tech Trends to Watch

Our roving reporter Jeff Porten heads into CES 2020 with coverage of the annual Trends to Watch presentation, which focused on (surprise, surprise) 5G, AI, streaming video, augmented reality, and well, a bunch of other things that seem less likely to become real.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Newton 1.05 Upgrade "Sucks"

Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Patient MessagePad owners were rewarded in late January with the release of the long-awaited 1.05 system software upgrade

Adam Engst No comments

More Products from Macworld

I have a short attention span, and I almost forgot to finish my look at some of the more interesting programs that I saw at Macworld San Francisco. Again in no particular order... Arrange your life with Common Knowledge's new personal information manager

Adam Engst No comments

InterNews Caveats

InterNews Caveats -- A number of people wrote in response to my InterNews review to note that it isn't as fast as Nuntius and cannot display (though it can save) text after the first 32K, which causes problems with long messages such as the Info-Mac Digest posted in comp.sys.mac.digest (but TidBITS sneaks in, since it's almost always less than 32K)

Matt Neuburg No comments

Get IN CONTROL

Veteran readers of my contributions to TidBITS know that I am unabashedly obsessed with computer tools for the storage and retrieval of information. They also know that an almost unqualified rave review from me is a rare thing

Adam Engst No comments

ShortCut 1.5

Like the original Boomerang, ShortCut installs a little button to the left of the drive name for its menu to pop up from. Unlike Boomerang, the 'hot' area extends to the entire drive name, which makes it easier to select than Boomerang's original little boomerang button

Mark R. Millard No comments

The Yellow Rose of Tex-Edit

High-end word processors like Word, WordPerfect, MacWrite Pro, and Nisus can produce anything from a letter to a professional publication. But many Macintosh users lack the money, drive space, RAM, or inclination to run them

Adam Engst No comments

Gateways III/America Online

Perhaps the most important new Internet gateway comes from the commercial service America Online. Although America Online took their time making the gateway available, it seems that they prompted two of the other commercial services, GEnie and Delphi, to open up Internet links as well

Adam Engst No comments

Macintosh IIvi and IIvx

The IIvi dropped out of the news a while back, with rumors flying that it would only be sold outside of the US, and that proves to be true. The only real difference between the IIvi and IIvx is that the IIvi uses a 16 MHz 68030 chip in comparison to the IIvx's 32 MHz chip

Adam Engst No comments

Slip Slidin’ Away

Do you know how many hours you work? Do you care? I do. I'm a statistic junkie and I like to know how much time I spend on certain tasks. After I find out how much, I often wish I hadn't checked, but that's life

Tonya Engst No comments

Globetrotter: Brilliant Yet Bewildering

Globetrotter Web Publisher 1.1.1, created by Akimbo Systems (publishers of the FullWrite word processor), blends word processing and HTML editing features to make a brilliant but bewildering Web authoring tool. Excuses, Excuses -- Ideally, TidBITS would have published this review in late 1996, soon after Globetrotter 1.0 shipped

Geoff Duncan No comments

Fishing for Chips: Part 1

When Apple introduced the Power Macintosh back in 1994, it pulled off an engineering feat that's rarely been equalled in the computing industry: Apple successfully migrated an operating system and the vast majority of existing applications from the 68000 family of processors to RISC-based PowerPC processors

Peter Hinely No comments

Mail Drop, the Eudora Alternative

Few people know about Mail Drop, a great freeware mail client for the Mac. Mail Drop is an IMAP email client being developed by Carl W. Bell as a Baylor University project