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Administrivia

Oops. A couple of people wrote in to correct our mistake about the type of tape backup cartridge available for the Apple Tape Backup 40SC. Mark accidentally wrote that it takes DC600 tapes, when in fact it uses the DC2000 size instead

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Discount Prices

Last week we threw in a table of suggested retail prices for a number of Macintosh models mostly because we had it on hand and thought it might be interesting to read and to refer to in the future

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SuperMac and Manager7

A friend writes to tell us that SuperMac has arranged with Casa Blanca Works to release a special subset of their Drive7 software which only works on SuperMac hard drives, including the LaserFrame rewritable optical drive

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HyperCard Player Bundled with Macs

Apple has announced that, as of 14-Sep-92, it has begun shipping new Macintosh computers with a run-time "HyperCard 2.1 Player" program in place of the more-functional HyperCard 2.1 software that has shipped with all Macs since last fall

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Portable Batteries Live On

Ed Mechem writes, "Good news for Mac Portable users. There is a third party battery replacement available from Shadow Technologies, and it provides twice the life of the original battery

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As Does the StyleWriter

A nasty rumor has surfaced recently on the nets, claiming that Apple has either discontinued the StyleWriter entirely or has made it exclusively available to the consumer electronics channel

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8*24 GC Video Card Refund Program

My apologies for losing this in my article database. On 15-May-92, Apple announced that they had identified a software bug in the 7.0 version of the GC Control Panel that ships with the 8*24 GC Video Card

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PowerBook 100 Rework

Last Wednesday, Apple requested that owners of some early Macintosh PowerBook 100 computers return the units to the company for a minor modification to the logic board

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System 7.1 & the Golden Eggs

Given the lead time necessary for mastering disks, it's not too surprising that System 7.1 has recently gone golden master. We talked about some of the features it will make available to users in TidBITS-137 and #138, although not all of them will make it into the initial release on October 19th with the new machines that require System 7.1

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Apple Catalog

Well, it's happened. Apple has started selling products directly to customers via mail order in The Apple Catalog. The catalog will contain Apple products, accessories, supplies, peripherals, and selected third-party products

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HFS Easter Egg

I came across these postings on Info-Mac a while ago and thought you might enjoy reading about how one finds a deeply buried Easter Egg. Francois Grieu: I have discovered an obscure Easter Egg in the System 7 implementation of HFS. When the Macintosh requests a disk because it's off-line, there are provisions for displaying a hidden message. Try it!! Rename a disk exactly to: KMEG JJ KS (this is 8 uppercase letters and 2 spaces) Eject the disk with command-E so that you have a gray icon of it on the desktop

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4D Goes Server

For a change the hot news comes from France. The first International Development Conference of ACI (known in the US as ACIUS) held in Paris provided the (final?) announcement of the next version of 4th Dimension and of the long-awaited 4D Server. Warning: US and International 4D version numbers are two less than the French one

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Service Done Right?

I may be talking a lot about non-Apple computer companies, but to be frank, my attention isn't focused solely on Apple, and I suspect neither is yours

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SuperMac & DriveSavers

Last month, SuperMac Technology and DriveSavers announced that DriveSavers has assumed all service obligations for SuperMac's discontinued line of mass storage products, including the entire series of DataFrame and LaserFrame drives

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Hot Spiced Apples

According to some possibly fallacious statistics I saw recently, we at TidBITS moved from the number two apple state, New York, to the number one apple state, Washington