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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

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More Apple News

New machines certainly take spotlight, but Apple has plenty more up its collective sleeve, so we'll try to cover a bit of that here. Discontinued... -- With the new machines coming in, Apple will drop the Macintosh Classic 4/40 from the price list, along with the SE/30 logic board upgrade (too bad, that was a good one for SE owners), the Apple ISDN NB Card (guess it wasn't selling to well without many ISDN connections available), and as Mark Anbinder reported above, the 40 MB Tape Backup Cartridges

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Administrivia

In regard to Mark Anbinder's article "Watch Out, QuickTime" in TidBITS-139, Robert Wilson offers this clarification. I had an opportunity to check out the IBM Multimedia solutions a few weeks ago

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MBDF Authors Plead Guilty

Three former Cornell students, who had faced a total of forty computer tampering and related charges in connection with the creation and release of the MBDF virus affecting Macintosh computers this February, struck a plea-bargain agreement here in Ithaca yesterday. David Blumenthal and Mark Pilgrim, each of whom had faced felony first degree computer tampering charges, pleaded guilty to one count each of second degree computer tampering, a misdemeanor

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Now Utilities Hullabaloo

Two tiny extensions have sparked a storm on the nets recently. In a slightly surprising move, Now Software announced that it would remove a few utilities from its popular Now Utilities package when it went to version 4.0

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Abaton Scan 300/Color

One of August Macworld's most tempting bargains was the Abaton Scan 300/Color (a 24-bit color flatbed scanner) bundled with Adobe Photoshop 2.0.1 for only $899

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Gateways II/CompuServe

We talked a few issues back (TidBITS-130 and #133) about various fascinating things on the Internet as an introduction to a series of articles aimed at bringing all of the users of commercial services closer together via the Internet

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Conflict Catcher Article Conflicts

I want to correct some misinformation in TidBITS-139 about Conflict Catcher. The article claims that Conflict Catcher automates the process of loading startup documents one-by-one to identify conflicts

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A/UX… More Is Better?

Apple recently announced to dealers a license upgrade option for owners of the 16-user license of A/UX 3.0, Apple's Unix operating system, bringing the maximum number of users to 32

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Portable Battery Bye-Bye

Owners of the discontinued Macintosh Portable will feel even more left out this fall, when Apple plans to remove the Macintosh Portable Battery from all of its price lists

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Norris Ear PHONE

One of the most interesting technologies I saw at Macworld had little to do with the Mac. So why did this company come to Macworld? The technology enhances various communications applications, and lots of Macintosh companies are working on improving communications using the Mac. The product in question comes from Norris Communications, and they call it, appropriately enough, the Norris Ear PHONE[tm]

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MacDraw Pro Speed Comparisons

I just got my upgrade to MacDraw Pro 1.5 and since lots of people on the nets wondered how fast it was compared to previous versions, I decided to try a few rough and ready benchmarks on the two versions