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Friend of TidBITS John Baxter Dies at 81

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Baxter, a long-time member of the TidBITS community who was also a regular at Seattle-area gatherings of Apple aficionados.

Josh Centers

#1543: Apple Fitness+ launches with iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3; macOS 11.1 Big Sur; AirPods Max; Xebec Tri-Screen; RIP John Baxter

You can’t accuse Apple of sitting still. In a surprise announcement last week, the company unveiled the AirPods Max, over-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation and a hefty price tag. This week, Apple pushed out…

Adam Engst 19 comments

Mac OS X 10.6.4 Fixes Highly Specific Bugs

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4 to address a wide variety of highly specific bugs and security vulnerabilities. It's undoubtedly worth upgrading to, but perhaps after early adopters have had a chance to determine if it introduces any new problems.

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Reluctantly Switching from Eudora to Apple Mail

How Tonya upgraded over 10 years of email from Eudora to Apple Mail, but not without mistakes and troubles, and what she learned along the way.

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InterviewBITS: Love/Hate with the iPhone

Now that more than one million iPhones have been sold, we decided to see what real-world iPhone users love and hate about their new digital companions. Read on to find out what our panel loved and hated, and share your own opinions on TidBITS Talk.

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Paths to POPs

Paths to POPs -- John Baxter , a colleague of ours out on the Olympic Peninsula, notes that POPs aren't the only way for providers to build networks. Similar to the UK solution we mention above, U.S

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300 Reasons the Mac is Great

We wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary as a celebration for our 300th issue. Eventually, we decided the best way to celebrate TidBITS would be to celebrate the machine that has given us our inspiration for the last five and a half years - the Macintosh. With the help of some friends, we came up with 300 reasons why the Mac has made it to where it is today

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John Baxter

John Baxter writes: I've been running my Power Macintosh 8100/80 since setting it up Thursday. My general impression is that everything is fast, but since I'm comparing the new machine with my unaccelerated Macintosh IIci, that's not surprising

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John Baxter

John Baxter writes: I've run into something that grammar mavens may find interesting. Consider this correct [English version] AppleScript code: tell word 4 of paragraph 2 of document 1 of application "Scriptable Text Editor" get it's text end tell Here, Apple has managed to make AppleScript syntax so English-like that it commits the all-too-common mistake of using "it's" instead of "its" as the possessive. You can of course also write that statement as: get the text of it That sounds terribly stilted, but at least avoids the incorrect use of the contraction in place of the possessive

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CD-ROM Toolkit Redux

CD-ROM Toolkit Redux -- Russell Finn noted in response to our article on FWB's CD-ROM Toolkit that a recent MacWEEK report found no performance gain when using CD-ROM Toolkit with the AppleCD 300 drive, perhaps due to that drive's onboard caching

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CD-ROM Toolkit

Those of us dismayed at the thoroughly mediocre performance of CD-ROM might do well to check out FWB's new CD-ROM Toolkit. Like FWB's Hard Disk Toolkit, CD-ROM Toolkit replaces Apple's driver software to improve performance

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After Dark 2.0w for the new Macs

After Dark 2.0w for the new Macs -- John Baxter passed on this helpful news about After Dark. Apparently After Dark 2.0v is compatible with System 7.1 but incompatible with the machines released on October 19th - the Performa 600, IIvx, IIvi, PowerBook 160 and 180, and the PowerBook Duo 210 and 240

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