The decision to purchase Apple versus PC
is not as clear cut as "conventional wisdom" would have consumers
believe. Despite current financial woes, Apple still has the best track
record for making products that are easy to use and is credited with leading
industry innovation in the areas of multimedia programs, desktop publishing
and digital imaging. Although PC software receives more shelf space, most
major titles and all major consumer software categories are available in
Apple will be providing a webcast of the Worldwide
Developers Conference to extend the event beyond onsite conference participants
and to showcase Apple multimedia technologies. The webcast will include
remarks from Apple CEO, Dr.
Gil Amelio, as well as other keynote addresses and conference highlights.
Whole Earth Access
Whole Earth Access has filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection listing debts of $10 million and more than 800
creditors. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Whole Earth chain sold
a wide range of electronic equipment and consumer goods, including personal
computers and software. The chain became a victim of over-ambitious and
Markkula Sells 1/2 Million Shares
of Apple Stock
Reportedly last week A.C. "Mike" Markkula, former Apple
Chairman and current Apple Board Member, sold 500,000 shares of Apple stock.
He still has 3.1 million remaining shares. His sale of 1/2 million shares
represents about 14% of his total holdings of Apple Computer.
A spokesperson for Markkula said that he only had a certain window of time
in which to sell stock, and that the decision was personal. Yeah, we bet.
With Gil Amelios
announced restructuring, some shareholders are a bit piturbed.
Electronic Commerce People are Still
Analysts are betting that everyone wants to make money from electronic commerce,
including individuals as well as merchants and banking institutions.
Sources such as The Wall Street Journal,
have made claims that people are afraid to give their credit card numbers
over the Internet. Most are aware (or certainly should be) that the risk
of non authorized use of a credit card gives an exposure of just $50., provided
that it is reported to the banking institution within 30 days. For electronic
commerce to emerge, people need to shop over the Net. Payments need to be
made by a secure payment instruments, such as secure credit cards, electronic
checking, and others.
Of course merchants must also upgrade their point-of-sale systems to accept
secure credit cards and newer payment instruments. Many merchants use the
Internet as a new sales channel in which a purchaser need not be present
at a merchant's location. Current online examples of this "card-not-present"
transaction include: First
Union/CommunityCommerce, as well as many retailers like inFORMed
SOLUTIONS, Inc. Computers
Currently many analysts feel that purchase made over the net are more
secure than purchase made via telephone or even purchases made at your local
eating establishment where they rarely tear up the "carbon" from
your credit card receipt.
Apple Adds The German System 7.5.3
Apple Computer has added System 7.5.3
Update 2 Worldwide German version to it's software archives. We normally
allow you to download directly from "The online MacinStuff Times",
but there is 16 downloads. If you need this software you can get all 16
parts (seperately) from here.
(If you can't beat em join em)
AT&T has launched a Web-hosting
service for businesses and is even considering offering Internet telephony
through its WorldNet service.
AT&T's endorsement yesterday of Internet telephone service came
as a surprise because it could put increasing pressure on the company's
flagship telecommunications business as users begin to exploit the Net for
low-cost, long distance phone calls. Internet telephones, such as Quarterdeck's
WebTalk and VocalTec's Internet Phone,
allow long distance calls over the Internet for the price of a call to a
local Internet service provider.
WorldNet customers can already use Internet telephones, but AT&T could
distribute software that would make Net telephony a standard feature. "Anyway
we can make communications better for our customers," said Tom Evslin,
AT&T's vice president for WorldNet. "To make a good phone call
over the Internet, you'd like to get priority handling."
AT&T could also offer a special category of service for applications
that depend on real-time communications such as videoconferencing and audio
or video streaming, as well as telephony.
Confirming AT&T's position on the legality of Internet telephony,
Evslin also unequivocally condemned a recent petition by a coalition of
smaller long distance carriers urging the Federal
Communications Commission to ban Internet telephones on the basis of
But AT&T's Net telephony plans remain in the extremely tentative
stage. More concretely, AT&T spin-off Lucent
Technologies has announced a different kind of Internet telephone, the
Definity PC Console. The Console is a Windows application for receptionists
and call centers that helps manage phone calls and Net access connections.
Available immediately, the Console costs $4,400.
AT&T also expanded its Internet offerings yesterday with the launch
Easy World Wide Web Services, a hosting service originally announced
AT&T Easy World Wide Web Services is part of a growing breed of Web-hosting
services that allow businesses to out-source management of sites, including
hardware, software, and high-speed Net connections. BBN
Planet, UUNet Technologies, and USWeb
all offer such services.
In this market, AT&T already has a built-in advantage. The company
is targeting merchants with 800 and 888 toll-free numbers, a vast community
already serves through its telecommunications operations.
As with its WorldNet service, which includes five free hours of Internet
access per month for AT&T long distance customers, the company is giving
its 800 and 888 clients a price cut on Web hosting. Those customers will
pay $500 per month for hosting up to 100MB of files and for up to 300MB
of data downloaded by customers. Additional storage space and data downloads
Customers not using toll-free numbers will pay the same price for
a promotional period ending July 1; after that, the cost will be $600 per
month. All hosting-service customers are required to pay a $1,500 one-time
Those who sign up for the hosting service also will receive assistance
designing their Web sites, automatic domain name registration, Microsoft's
FrontPage HTML editing tool, bandwidth on demand, and 12-hour daily telephone
Although AT&T is targeting its existing 800 and 888 customers with
promotional pricing, its services are still more expensive than some comparable
offerings. BBN Planet, for example, offers its Web Advantage Silver hosting
service, including 60MB of disk storage and 300MB of data downloads, for
a one-time fee of $495 and $295 per month.
as reporteted by cnet
Free Brochure Touting The Mac
The new brochure "Why Do People Prefer Macintosh?" is now available
FREE to all customers, resellers, and Apple employees.
In this brochure, users tell in their own words why the Macintosh is superior
to a PC running Windows 95 for business, education, and home computing.
The numerous, fact-filled essays leave no doubt that the Mac is still the
best personal computer on the planet.
To order, contact StartingLine 800-825-2145, 303-297-8070, e-mail
and ask for item L01749A. Apple reps and resellers can order up to 50 per
call; customers can get up to 5 per call. For volume orders, e-mail
Electronic versions are available in Acrobat/pdf format on the Why Mac
web site (), the Mac Marketing server in Free Trade Zone, and the GER
Euro Developer server (Public/Mac Marketing). It is also displayed on apple.com/whymac
for real time browsing.
This piece joins the other free tools available to tell the Mac Advantage
Macintosh or Windows? video - L01760A
"Why Macintosh?" color brochure - L01667A
"50 Macintosh Advantages" brochure- L00440C
All are back in stock after the record setting first orders.
New Tools For Offline Browsing
This week at Internet World in
San Jose, DataViz and FreeLoader both announced offline browsing clients.
DataViz announced Web Buddy($49) adds a tool palette to your favorite
Web browser. The software gives users the ability to schedule a download
time and file the pages in categories that you create.You can tell Web Buddy
how many levels of a site that you want to capture, and instruct it not
to follow links outside of that site. You can also restrict Web Buddy by
amount of connect time or data retrieved.
If you don't mind putting up with the occasional advertising logo, FreeLoader
1.0 from FreeLoader, Inc.is Free. While you're not using your computer,
FreeLoader will watch sites that you've "subscribed" to, and downloads
the data to your hard drive. Currently only a PC version is available, Mac
users will have a version reportedly by early fall .
May 1, 1996
Global Village Platinum Modem Fix
Seem many people have been having problems getting online with thier internet
service providers, while using Global Village Teleport Platinum modems.
Global Village has come out with a Flash Update that's supposed to fix this
and other issues at you can download it here.
IDG Reports Sales Growth Slows
International Data reported that the industry
grew 14% the first three months this year vs. 25% a year ago.
1996 started off with sluggish sales, but consumers and companies have started
buying in March as
companies slashed prices and launched new products, analyst Eric Lewis says.
"Demand may be a lot better than it appears," he says.
PC makers were unevenly affected by the slowing growth. Compaq,
which reported solid earnings
last week, increased its share of the U.S. market to 12.9% vs. 10.6% a year
ago, as unit sales grew 40%. "We think the market is strong,"
says Compaq Chief Financial Officer Daryl White. Hewlett-Packard's sales grew 132%.
Apple Computer's sales dropped 22%.
Its share of the market dipped to 6.5% this year, from 9.4% last year.
Another Update To PPP
Fog City has yet another update to
FreePPP, 2.5b7. You can download it here.
Note that this release does not include the full installer. If you'd like
the full installer for FreePPP 2.5b4, you can get it here.
Error, Not Quite Yet
The Consumer Electronics Manufacturing
Association (CEMA) reported Tuesday that 4.6 million TVs were sold in
the first quarter of the year, not 660,000 as earlier reported. The original
erroneous figure would have validated the recent claims by prominent industry
executives that consumers were buying more PCs than televisions. Originally
reported here erroneously in yesterdays news.
Webcast of Worldwide Developers
Apple will be providing a webcast of
the Worldwide Developers Conference to extend the event beyond onsite conference
participants and to showcase Apple multimedia technologies. The webcast
will include remarks from Apple CEO, Dr.
Gil Amelio, as well as other keynote addresses and conference highlights.
For more information, visit the WWDC web
MFS Communications acquire ISP Uunet
MFS Communications, the largest
provider of high-speed telephone and data services to businesses, has agreed
to acquire Internet service provider Uunet Technologies in a stock exchange
valued at $2 billion. Many industry observers believe that the acquisition
portends a consolidation of Internet service provider businesses and telephone
companies that are looking to buy, rather than build, their own Internet
Netopia ISDN Modem for the Mac (No
not a drink)
Farallon has announced availability
of the Netopia ISDN Modem for the Macintosh, a unique high-speed Internet
access solution for individuals, small office/home office users and telecommuters.
Farallon's Up & Running, Guaranteed! program is bundled with the Netopia
modem for $99 and provides a one-stop solution for ISDN/ISP setup and support
Apple Ships Free Internet Domain
Responding to the webmaster community, Larry Tesler, vice president of Internet
platforms at Apple Computer, Inc., announced
yesterday at Internet World, San Jose that a new version of Apple's domain
name server software, MacDNS 1.0.2, is available for free, but you must
go through a rgistration process. You can register and then download the
The new MacDNS 1.0.2 provides domain name services on any Mac OS Internet
server, enabling domain names to be translated into network IP addresses
and vice-versa. In addition, Apple outlined its plans for the upcoming MacDNS
2.0, which is expected to include secondary name server capabilities and
support recursive name resolution and subdomain delegation. You can read
Apples complete press release here.
No PointCast for Mac
* Editor Note: Yesterday we ran a story re: PointCast, some of our readers
have pointed out that there is no Mac Version as of yet. Theey do
have a blurb that says "once their Win version is nailed down, they
intend to address other platforms." Let PointCast
know we want a Mac version !
Copland to Slip Again, Mid 1997
Apple Computer is preparing to meet
with software developers who are key to its turnaround prospects, but it
may be months before they get hold of its much touted next-generation operating
Apple is in the midst of efforts to refocus its strategy under the leadership
of its new chairman and chief executive, Gilbert
Amelio, following a record $740 million loss in its second fiscal quarter.
Amelio, who has already made broad statements that the huge enthusiasm surrounding
the Internet global network will be a central feature of his strategy, is
due to present his plans to the company's annual technical forum for developers
on May 13.
Although parts of Copland, will be much in evidence during talks and demonstrations
at the conference, Apple has said the system is not yet ready to be distributed
The new OS is expected to enhance the iMac nterface with a three-dimensional
appearance, while completely rebuilding the innards of the program with
``object-oriented'' software, making it easier to upgrade, and able to run
many programs at once.
Reactions have been mixed to the additional delay -- some hoped an earlier
version might ship already last year. Some analysts said it will enable
Apple to build Internet capabilities more directly into the operating system
``It appears that Amelio wants Internet access integrated more tightly into
the operating system. So that's a change order, it requires additional work
to be done to complete the system,'' said Hartsook Letter publisher Pieter
``It's not the end of the world but its getting noticeably into 1997,''
he said, adding that Apple still has the option of a staggered release in
which certain features of Copland are distributed as they are ready for
market, as opposed to a one- time ``Venus springing fully-formed from the
head of Zeus.''
Dataquest analyst Kimball Brown
said further delays were not surprising. ``I don't think this is a real
delay,'' he said, noting with others that Apple has been planning to release
test versions in stages, rather than one big Beta program.
The reaction of developers will be crucial, as Apple must stem a growing
perception that Microsoft Corp.'s Windows platforms, which already control
nearly 90 percent of the personal computer market, have marginalized Apple's
Mac OS system for the Macintosh even in some of Apple's key markets.
Apple Releases New System Profiler
Apples System Profiler v1.0.1 is a utility
to gather, summarize, and deliver key pieces of system
configuration information. This version adds support for Power Macintosh
7600, 5400, 5300, and 5200 series, and corrects a problem where certain
machines were not being correctly identified. You can download the Profiler
Apple Releases Beta New Speech Recognition
A beta release of Apples Speech Recognition software 1.5 is available here,
Experience Mt. Everest via QuickTime
Apple Computer South Africa have just released the first QuickTime Virtual
Reality scenes sent from Everest. For the first time you can stand on the
mountain and feel as though you are there! Check it out at for yourself
here, and don't forget
your bacpack and climbing gear
MacPlay Spring Decathlon
Reflecting the excitement of an Olympic year, MacPlay
today announced its spring line-up with the Spring Decathlon promotion.
Beginning April 15th and running through June 30th, the Spring
Decathlon is MacPlay's latest collection of five new CD-ROM releases expected
to spur purchase of additional titles by offering a free game sampler containing
five outstanding MacPlay game demos, in total supporting 10 of MacPlay's
30 titles. The five Spring Decathlon titles, all sold separately, include
a $10 mail-in rebate redeemable toward the purchase of any full version
of the sampler products.
"MacPlay continues in its dedication to supporting the Macintosh platform
with great games for the consumer," said Kim Motika, vice-president
of sales for Interplay. "In addition, we're committed to creating programs
that will provide the retailer with outstanding incentives to merchandise
Each of the Decathlon's five featured titles include something for everyone:
Beat The House(, a strategy and casino gaming anthology including Vegas-inspired
renditions of Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, Craps and Slot Machines
and a gambling study guide written by world-famous gambling guru Avery Cardoza;
Castles: Siege & Conquest, a medieval simulation that challenges the
player's ability to manage military, diplomatic and administrative affairs
in his or her very own kingdom; The Classic 5, fun for the whole family
with such favorites as Backgammon, Go, Chess, Bridge and Checkers; Kingdom:
The Far Reaches(, an enchanting interactive fantasy world filled with wizards,
dragons and monsters; Star Trek(: Judgment Rites CD-ROM, the definitive
collectors' edition for the most discriminating Trekker, including the game
on CD-ROM, a separate CD-ROM containing interviews with Gene Roddenberry
& Leonard Nimoy and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Making of
Star Trek: Judgment Rites," and a limited-edition collector's pin.
Sampler titles are as captivating as the featured products and include some
of MacPlay's most anticipated entertainment experiences: Alone In The Dark
3, the H.P. Lovecraft inspired sequel to the award-winning originals and
part of the soon-to-be released Alone in the Dark: The Trilogy Dungeon Master
II: The Legend of Skullkeep, the dungeon-crawler enthusiasts' sequel to
the standard-setting original; Descent the title that took the world by
storm; Frankenstein: Through The Eyes Of The Monster( starring Tim Curry,
winner of two "Best Actor In A Computer Game" awards; and Tommy:
The Interactive Adventure, the new multimedia title starring Pete Townshend
of "The Who."
Plug-in Streams Movies
has posted a beta version of its InterVU MPEG Player, a Netscape Navigator
2.0 plug-in that lets users view MPEG videos before and during download.
The company says that because it has based its player on MPEG, content developers
aren't tied to licensing fees and proprietary encoders.
InterVU MPEG Player automatically adjusts real-time frame rates to match
a user's modem. But even if an MPEG file is downloaded through a 14.4kbps
modem at low frame rates, the file can replayed at full MPEG frame rates.
InterVU MPEG Player automatically displays the first frame of a video clip,
letting viewers decide if they want to download the clip.
Tou have to go to InterVu download page,
select the version you wish to download, and supply your name and email
Cyberdog - Update
Cyberdog is an integrated suite
of tools for the Internet that includes these features:
World Wide Web browser
E-mail reader and handlers
Newsgroup reader and handlers
File transfer and remote login facilities (FTP and Telnet)
Utilities for storing and organizing Internet information
Cyberdog software integrates a set of full-featured Internet tools with
a common interface. The "Cyberdog Starting Point" combines these
tools into one easy-to-use package, making Internet solutions simple. The
Starting Point is a predesigned way of using the Cyberdog tools. Because
the software is based on OpenDoc
component technology, you can also use Cyberdog "parts" to create
your own documents with embedded Internet functionality, thus creating your
own Internet "starting point."
VocalTec, the Internet Phone Company, is proud to introduce Internet Phone
for the Macintosh, making interactive voice communication between Mac and
Windows Internet Phone users over the Internet possible for first time.
Now you can make unlimited long distance and international conversations
for the cost of an Internet connection!
A Beta version is available for free , you cam dowmload a binHex version
a macBinary version here.
Internet Phone for the Macintosh has all the power of the Windows version,
plus a completely new user interface that takes full advantage of the Mac
OS capabilities. Animated graphics lead you through as you make calls and
talk to others. Panels with tools and information can be opened or closed
The Beta version requires a Power Macintosh or compatible with 12 MB RAM,
System 7.5.1 or 7.5.3, Built-in audio, a microphone (such as Apple PlainTalkô),
Mac TCP 2.0.6 or Open Transport 1.1, PPP v2.5 or direct Internet connection,
A 14,400 baud or faster modem, QuickTime v2, SoundManager v3.1.
A report by the media research group Jupiter
Communications indicates that the number of U.S. homes subscribing to
online services will more than triple to 35.2 million by the year 2000.
The estimates were based on a sampling of 9.6 million online households
in 1995. As expected, America Online is leading the pace of growth in $2.2
billion online industry, accounting for 66 percent of all new consumer online
Computers Outsell TVs for First
Computer Intelligence Infocorp, has
reported that personal computers outsold televisions during the first quarter
of 1996 for the first time. Consumer electronics and computer/office superstores
combined to sell 937,000 personal computers compared to 600,000 televisions
during the first three months. The trend is not expected to continue however;
consumer television purchases have traditionally increased at a faster rate
during the year.
CompuServe Announces Mac Project
CompuServe has announced its first
Internet-only Macintosh product, SPRYNET for the Mac. According to Craig
McCallum, vice president of Compuserve's SPRY Internet Division, SPRYNET
for the Mac enforces "Compuserve's commitment to open standards and
platforms". He also noted studies showing that Mac users comprise 22
percent of Internet users. SPRYNET for the Mac is available on SPRYNET's
Claris Announces Contest
Claris announced today the launch of
the FileMaker Pro 3.0 Database Challenge,
an Internet-based contest to find the best real-world solutions created
with FileMaker Pro 3.0 relational databases. The grand prize winner will
receive flights around the world for two plus $4,000 in expenses and a notebook
computer loaded with Claris software.
Apple and Netscape Collaborate on
Apple and Netscape
today announced a QuickTime licensing agreement that is expected to increase
the use of multimedia, video-based images and digital music on the World
Wide Web. As a result of this agreement, Apple's QuickTime plug-in will
be included in an upcoming version of Netscape Navigator 3.0. You can read
the entire press release here.
Apple Licenses Sun's Java
Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that it has licensed Sun's Java programming
environment. The complete press release is available here.
Pointcast & Netscape Joint Technology
On the opening day of Internet World Expo, PointCast
Incorporated, a leading provider of network news via the Internet and
Netscape Communications Corporation
a provider of open software for enterprise networks and the Internet, today
announced strategic marketing initiatives to jointly leverage their product
lines, benefiting both companies and their customers.
Under the terms of a technology agreement, the two companies plan to jointly
launch a major electronic marketing campaign highlighting both the Netscape
Navigator Internet client software and the PointCast Network. The PointCast
Network is a free service that broadcasts news and information directly
to a viewer's computer screen. Viewers can download the software at from
In a related announcement today, PointCast announced it will ship version
1.0 of the PointCast Network next week. Version 1.0 of the PointCast Network
is optomized for use with Netscape Navigator, offering Netscape users quick
and easy access to the PointCast Network. The new PointCast Network software
also functions as a Netscape Navigator plug-in allowing users to view the
PointCast Network from within Netscape Navigator.
"This initiative focuses on the complementary nature of Netscape's
and Pointcast's products and brings together two companies known for their
innovative use of Internet technologies," said Mike Homer, senior vice
president of marketing for Netscape. "The PointCast Network plug-in
extends the functionality of the Netscape software platform by delivering
busy Internet users headline news and information automatically to their
When a Netscape user installs the PointCast Network, the PointCast software
can automatically determine whether a users system contains Netscape Navigator,
enabling the user to select it as the default client. Netscape Navigator
will automatically replace PointCast's built-in Web browser when a viewer
clicks on a commercial or selects the Internet channel in the PointCast
Network. Additionally, the PointCast Network functions as a Netscape Navigator
plug-in, allowing users to view the PointCast Network from within the Netscape
MAJOR MARKETING CAMPAIGN
The initiative highlights the unique features of each companies products.
Netscape plans to begin broadcasting 30-second commercials on the PointCast
Network this summer. A "Netscape Now!" button has been added to
the PointCast Network ChannelViewer, enabling viewers to download the latest
version of Netscape Navigator by simply clicking on a button.
In addition, PointCast will work with Netscape and leverage its communications
vehicles, including its Web site. PointCast plans to launch a major "Get
the Point!" branding campaign, beginning in May, on the Netscape and
This fall, the two companies also plan to introduce a Netscape-operated
channel on the PointCast Network. "We are delighted to include Netscape
as one of our premier content providers," said PointCast President
and CEO Chris Hassett. "As one of the leaders in Internet technology,
Netscape can help provide our viewers with valuable, up-to-the-minute news
and information on this highly dynamic industry."
* Editor Note: Some of our readers have pointed out that there is no Mac
Version as of yet, please let PointCast
know of our displeasure in this
TopSoft, Inc. Releases FREE "FilterTop."
FilterTop is a multipurpose file-processing utility program that provides
Macintosh users with the facilities of batch processing and pipelining,
formerly available only to users of operating systems with a command-line
interface, like Unix. These advantages allow Mac users to process from
one to thousands of files-of any type-at one time, performing numerous different
operations on these files in quick succession, all within the context of
the friendly graphical user interface Macintosh users expect and deserve.
FilterTop comes with a set of more than fifty "filters," program
modules that may be arranged in virtually limitless permutations and combinations
by dragging their icons between windows with the mouse. Similarly, batches
of files may be sent for processing to a saved group of filters, called
a SuperFilter, with a simple drag-and-drop operation.
A key feature of FilterTop is its modularity. As users discover new needs,
they can acquire new filters with different functionality by downloading
them from TopSoft's FTP site. These filters can be "plugged in"
and linked to any others as needed to perform new combinations of tasks
without changing the basic FilterTop application itself. This also means
that FilterTop is indefinitely extensible and new filters can be created
to fill new needs.
FilterTop also comes with a full set of online help files that are viewable
through the "About Box." The FilterTop About Box is as innovative
as the FilterTop application itself. It is equally modular and
extensible, and help files, in the form of "slides," may easily
be added by the user as new or revised ones become available.
You can download the free (1 Mb) software here,
More information may be obtained by visiting the TopSoft's web pages here.
Metrowerks Ships Java Tools
Metrowerks, Inc, developer of the
CodeWarrior development tools, announced today support for Java(tm), the
programming language developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. for writing Internet-based
CodeWarrior now supports four major languages used in developing desktop
applications: Java, Pascal, C and C++. All of these languages are supported
within the CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment (IDE.) Discover
Programming with Java is the complete, professional CodeWarrior Java toolset
priced to appeal to both beginning and experienced programmers. CodeWarrior
Gold and Academic products contain support for all four languages.
Metrowerks had three major design objectives in implementing Java support:
1 - Stability and Speed:
2 - Full CodeWarrior IDE Support for Java:
3 - Java Training:
Free Microsoft Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser is provided free in all the
CodeWarrior Java products. Internet Explorer can be used to access the
Web and view the html-formatted documentation included on the CD.
Pricing and Availability
Metrowerks is including full Java support in four separate products:
1. Shipping today Discover Programming(tn) with Java SRP US$ 99
2. Shipping May 15/96 CodeWarrior Gold 9, SRP US$ 399
3. Shipping May 15/96 CodeWarrior Academic Pro 9 SRP US$ 119
4. Shipping May 15/96 CodeWarrior Academic 96/97 SRP US$ 79
LightningDraw GX 1.0 Demo Available
There is a demo version of LightningDraw GX 1.0 available . You can download
the 1.8mb program here.
LightningDraw GX 1.0 is innovative type and graphics software. Intuitive
and powerful, it allows both users to create sophisticated graphics and
text in any language supported by the Mac OS.
The ability to print on any printer, PostScript or not. Save in EPS, PICT,
and Photoshop formats
for use with all your existing software. Even export your illustrations
in JPEG format for use in
World Wide Web pages like this one.
For additional information on this product go here.
Netscape Atlas Gold Beta
for 68K Mac Uncovered
We have located a 680x0 version of Netscape Atlas Gold Beta, you
can download it here.
New QuickDraw GX Handbook
The QuickDraw GX Handbook, the first book on Apples
QuickDraw GX technology written for the average Mac user, is now on sale.
The 65,000-word book contains over 200 pages of information and illustrations.
The book offers thorough instructions on using QuickDraw GX and provides
an extensive overview of all GX applications, GX fonts, and the past and
future of the GX technology. There are individual chapters on GX-based programs
such as LightningDraw GX, UniQorn and
ReadySetGo! GX. The QuickDraw GX Handbook has full color front and back
covers. It was designed and illustrated using nothing but GX programs and
The QuickDraw GX Book is available for $19.95 (plus $3 for shipping and
handling) from Walnut Hill Press. The handbook also comes with a floppy
filled with GX shareware and freeware programs.
You can order the The QuickDraw GX Handbook, or for more information, contact
April 29, 1996
Macromedia Releases New Java &
At Internet World in
San Jose, California, Macromedia
has unveiled a set of applets to help designers give their Web pages a jolt
of Java and Shockwave.
The company today posted six PowerApplets--small programs that add
multimedia elements to Web pages without requiring programming--to its Web
site. Three of the applets, Icons, SlideShow, and Animator, provide designers
with graphical, animated screen elements such as bullets, navigation buttons,
and other icons that can be embedded in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
pages and viewed from any browser that has Macromedia's Shockwave plug-in
for displaying interactive movies.
The other three applet--Banners, Bullets, and Charts--are based on
the same idea of prepackaging basic animations for Web pages but are written
in with Sun Microsystems' Java. According
to Macromedia, this initial set of six PowerApplets are only the beginning
of a long line of animation add-ons.
The first set of six will be available for free downloading for the
next 60 days. After that they will start selling the PowerApplets on a subscription
basis. You can download the six applets here
as soon as they become available..
In related news Macromedia began shipping the general version of its
Backstage HTML editing tool.
Digital Breaks Land Speed Record
Digital Equipment today rolled
out some of the fastest Windows NT workstations in the world, it uses a
new super-charged versions of its Alpha processor,
Digital's new Alpha XL personal workstations are built around two
new Alpha processors that run at 300 and 366 MHz. These models may be shown
up, however, by systems built around a 400-MHz Alpha processor that Digital
is already working on, company representatives said.
The current high-performance system architecture includes: 2MB of
level-2 cache, a 128-bit memory bus, a 32-bit PCI input-output bus, Fast
and Wide SCSI-2 for high-speed disk access, and integrated Ethernet. The
workstations support up to 512MB of memory and come with a quad-speed speed
CD-ROM drive, up to 12GB of internal storage, and five drive bays.
Available now for $8,495, an Alpha XL 300 Personal Workstation includes
32MB of memory, a 1GB hard disk drive, a Matrox Millenium 2D/3D graphics
adapter, CD-ROM, and a floppy disk drive.
Spokane College Offering Degree:
Spokane Community College we are planning
on offering a new two year degree program, beginning in the fall of 1996,
in Internet Management. The the general program information is listed below.
What I need is feedback about such a program. Spefically, what do you feel
are the employment opportunities for a person with such a degree and what
do thing of the content. Any feedback
will be greatly appreciated.
The Internet Management Program is designed to prepare graduates to develop
and manage the rapidly growing number of commercial Internet services and
World Wide Web sites. The program covers a wide range of Internet related
course work including computer operations, networking, Internet design,
e-mail, setting up and managing Web servers, and the design and maintenance
of Web sites. Special attention is given to "hands-on" experience
using various hardware platforms and related software.
World's Richest Child Born
Talk about being born with a silver spoon in your hand! Well this spoon
is platinum and diamond incrusted. Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates has a new title: Daddy. Friday night he and wife Melinda
had thier first baby, a girl, named Jennifer Katherine, 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Gates was married in a private ceremony on New Year's Day, 1994, in Hawaii
is co-founder and chairman of the world's largest computer-software company
and is one of the world's richest men, with an estimated worth of almost
$15 billion. (Almost as much money as I have in the bank, Monoploly money, that is!)
Power Computing Builds
Fastest Single CPU Mac
Power Computing, the mac clone maker
announced the PowerTower 180, a three-slot minitower system with a 180-MHz
604 processor that costs $4,195 in a standard configuration. The PowerTower
166, featuring a 166-MHz 604 CPU, is $3,795 in a standard configuration.
A new midrange PowerCenterseries, with 604 processors running at 120, 132
and 150 MHz. Prices
will start at $1,895 for a 120-MHz system with an unrealistic 8 Mbytes of
RAM, an 850-Mbyte hard drive and quadruple-speed CD-ROM drive. Thankfully,
Power Computing has followed Apple's
example by including Level 2 cache in all its new systems.
In related news PowerComputing also announced new software packages, see
Mac Clone Manufacturer Release New
Power Computing has announced several
new hardware and software packages available with MacOS-compatible systems
that offer users Internet access, multimedia software and CPU upgrades.
For example, consumers who purchase a CPU with Power's Internet Package
receive a Global Village Teleport Platinum 28.8 fax modem and the Apple
Internet Connection Kit.
The Quicken 6 R7 available!
Intuit, Inc. announced the latest update
release to Quicken 6 for Macintosh, release R7. You can get this new release
by downloading the Quicken
6 release R7 Updater. This Updater will automatically update prior releases
of Quicken 6 for Macintosh (R2 or R5) to the current release (R7).
Quicken's online banking features allows:
Get current account balances
See at a glance which checks and deposits have cleared.
Reconcile accounts faster with automatic transaction matching.
Reduce data-entry hassle by automatically downloading transactions
Easily transfer funds between accounts to maximize your interest earned.
Get current charge card and credit card statements on demand.
Currently there is 17 banking institutions that allow on-line banking using
Quicken, you can contact them via phone at:
American Express (800-297-7500)
Bank of Boston (800-476-6262)
Centura Bank (800-721-0501)
Compass Bank (800-266-7277)
Crestar Bank (800-273-7827)
First Chicago (800-800-8435)
First Interstate Bank (800-968-2634)
Home Savings of America (800-310-4932)
M & T Bank (800-790-9130)
Marquette Banks/E Direct (800-708-8870)
Michigan National Bank (800-225-5662)
Sanwa Bank California (800-237-2692)
Smith Barney (800-221-3636)
SunTrust Bank (800-382-3232)
Union Bank (800-796-5656)
U.S. Bank (800-422-8762)
Wells Fargo (800-423-3362, extension-Q)
Computer Shipments to Grow 19% by
Dataquest forecasts that the worldwide
PC market will grow 19.1 percent in 1996, despite anxiety over excess semiconductor
inventories. The U.S. market is expected to grow 13.6 percent. Worldwide
PC unit shipments are should exceed 71.7 million units this year and, based
on a 17 percent annual growth rate, could reach 131.7 million units by the
CodeWarrior to use Java
Metrowerks announced today that
it will include full support for Sun's Java language in its CodeWarrior
Gold 9, CodeWarrior Academic Pro 9, CodeWarrior Academic 96/97 and Discover
Programming products. The MacOS implementation will be integrated with Metrowerks'
PowerPlant object-oriented application framework, with portions hand-coded
in PowerPC assembler to optimize performance.
Mac Clone Manufacturer Release New
Power Computing has announced several
new hardware and software packages available with MacOS-compatible systems
that offer users Internet access, multimedia software and CPU upgrades.
For example, consumers who purchase a CPU with Power's Internet Package
receive a Global Village Teleport Platinum 28.8 fax modem and the Apple
Internet Connection Kit.
Apple Slips to 4th, IBM Drops Off
Top 5, PC Shipments
International Data Corp. has reported that Compaq
has not only retained it's spot as the number 1 PC maker, but it has widened
its quarter lead by garnering 12.9 percent of the U.S. market - up from
10.9 percent a year ago. Both Apple and IBM slipped.
Hewlett-Packard suprised the industry
and analysts by jumping from number 8 to the number 3 position, according
to a survey by market research firm International Data Corp. which was published
by the Bloomberg News Service. HP entered the consumer PC space only about
a year ago but has won following by being an aggressive price/performance
player. Packard Bell was the No. 2 PC maker for the quarter.
IBM dropped out of the top five for the first time and Apple
came in fourth, with 6.5 percent of the market, compared with 9.4 percent
in the year-ago quarter. Apple was No. 3 in the year-ago quarter.
Overall shipments of PCs rose 14 percent during the quarter to 5.73
million from 5.02 million, IDC reported.
MCI One-Stop Package
MCI announced a one-stop package for phone
services. For a single monthly charge they will provide everything from
Internet access to long distance and cellular calling.
The service, called "MCI One," will offer a basic package for
$5 per month which will includ 30 minutes of free long distance calling
as well as five hours of free on the Internet, plus voicemail, call waiting
and an individual 1-800 or 1-888 number, according to Reuters. For people
willing to shell out $37.95 a month, the service will add a pager and free
cellular phone, and discounts on cellular calling rates.
Customers can sign up to MCI One, which will provide single billing for
the myriad of services, beginning today.
April 28, 1996
Symantec Q4 Sales Strong
Symantec Corp. reported an upswing
in revenues for the fourth quarter of 1996, which experts attribute to the
launch of its Internet strategy and growth in sales of its desktop management
Revenue totaled $116 million for the quarter ended March 31. Earnings per
share for the quarter grew 50 percent to 15 cents a share based on $54.2
million. The fourth-quarter results were not strong enough though to offset
losses for the 1996 fiscal year, which totaled $41 million or 76 cents per
share. Revenue for fiscal 1996 totaled $445.4 million compared with $431.3
million for fiscal 1995.
The Exodus Continues, Everhart to
go to Fujitsu PC
Everhart, was formerly a vice president at Apple Computer Inc., his departure
laned him the position of president of Fujitsu
PC . The wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd., of Tokyo, will be
based in Milpitas, Calif., and will manufacture and design its products
in Silicon Valley and in Hillsboro, Ore.
Fujitsu PC Corp. was created in February to focus on the U.S. market, which
was not parent Fujitsu Ltd.'s focus, despite large worldwide PC sales. Everhart
said he plans to leverage his parent company's expertise in networking,
agents, wireless and semiconductor technology to differentiate his products.
Everhart said his time at Apple, where he spent 18 years in a variety of
positions, taught him the importance of strong communication with the channel.
"I spent a lot of time personally with the CEOs (of major resellers),"
he said. "On the flip side, I had the advantage that Apple is a huge
company producing a variety of products. I saw what can happen when it becomes
hard to change."
Fujitsu PC may eventually come out with a desktop line, but he wants the
company to "keep it simple" at first, he said.
But Fujitsu Ltd. will probably come out with a PC that is more of a "broader
communications device," working with voice, data and video, in the
next year to 18 months, he said.
FCC Plans Public
Radio Links To WWW
Schools, businesses and other organizations with large concentrations of
Internet users will soon be able to use radio links to join their constituencies
in lightning-fast networks, under a plan expected to be announced today
by the Federal Communications Commission.
The proposal is aimed squarely at fulfilling the Clinton administration's
promise to hook all schools, hospitals and libraries to the Internet by
the year 2000. But it also follows the recommendations of at least two industry
groups, one led by Apple Computer Inc. and another AT&T Corp., Nortel
and Motorola Inc.
Though similar proposals have been kicked around the FCC in years past,
the daunting task of rewiring existing buildings for wireline connections
to the Internet evidently drove the decision. If the FCC ultimately carries
out its plan - a near certainty but for the details - anyone could set up
a radio-based network capable of carrying some 25 million bits per second.
Since the power of the transmission would be extremely limited, the reach
of such data broadcasting would be only about a quarter mile.
The FCC is also requesting comment on an Apple proposal that would allow
point-to-point broadcast of up to 1.5 million bits per second over distances
up to 9.6 miles.
MacFair LA May 10-12
The Los Angeles Macintosh Group (LAMG) is sponsoring "Go for the Gold"
at the 6th annual MacFair LA!
The event will take place on May 10-12 at the Burbank Hilton Hotel and Convention
Center, in Burbank, CA.
MacFair LA is the largest Mac Show in Southern California and the attendees
are serious Mac users.
MacFair LA '95 had over 10,000 people and we have now expanded the show
to three days, and increased the Exhibit Hall to accommodate the expected
15,000 attendees this year!
An Online Pavilion, a special area devoted to online services, Internet
Service Providers, and companies with Internet products.
The show will also feature over 60 seminars of the hottest topics and include
speakers such as: Robin Williams, Bob Levitus, David Pogue, Deke McClelland,
Tom Negrino and many more! Keynote address features Larry Tesler, Apple
Computer's chief scientist, discussing the future of
technology, Apple Computer, and the Internet.
Vendors, discover how MacFair LA can give you a terrific opportunity to
reach thousands of Mac users, at a surprisingly affordable cost. Email
The Los Angeles Macintosh Group for further information
Turn on the Oven, Roaster to Ship
Three and a half months after releasing Natural
Intelligence's Roaster DR1, the first set of tools for developing in
Sun Microsystems' Java programming language
on the Macintosh Natural Intelligence, Inc. is entering final beta testing
of its next major release, which will ship on May 13, 1996 at Apple's World
Wide Developer Conference in San Jose, California. Those who buy Roaster
DR1 now will automatically receive the upcoming Release 1 and Release 2
for free. Owners of DR1 will be automatically updated to both releases.
New features and improvements
Roaster Release 1 has a revamped integrated development environment (IDE)
and comprehensive feature set. Roaster DR1, released on January 5, 1996,
included a hierarchical project window, powerful source code editor, interpreter,
Java compiler, debugger, and speedy runtime engine. Roaster Release 1 includes
the following new additions:
Full support of Sun Microsystems' JDK 1.0, including networking classes
Fully integrated class tree and class browser windows
Support for 68K machines
Comprehensive AppleScript support
HTML editing functionality
Context-sensitive online help
This release of Roaster also includes prerelease versions of the following:
Visual tools for quick and easy interface development
Source-level visual debugger
Roaster is the first of a series of Java development tools that Natural
Intelligence is planning for the coming year. At WWDC, Natural Intelligence
will be making further announcements regarding the Roaster Product Line.
Roaster is priced at $299. Those who do not own Roaster can purchase the
commercial release through Natural Intelligence at 1-800-739-1616, or through
Do You Yahoo !?
Just weeks after going public and posting a $1.7 million profit, Yahoo!
is unveiling a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign designed to lure
first-time net surfers onto the web. The "Do you Yahoo!?" campaign
will launch with 30-second television spots in key media markets and could
cost up to $10 million. Yahoo! would not discuss its budget for the campaign.
Wireless "NII Band"
The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to implement
a wireless "NII Band," which would extend the National Information
Infrastructure, including the Internet, to students and teachers, libraries,
health care facilities, families and businesses that the NII could not otherwise
reach. Read the entire Apple press release here.
ShrinkWrap Your Own Software?
The shareware program you can not be without turns 2, you can download it
April 27, 1996
Netscape Atlas Gold Beta
for Mac Uncovered
We searched high, we searched low, and we uncovered the Mac Beta of Netscape
Atlas Gold. We can not guarantee how long it will remain their but for now
you can download the 3 megabytes of Beta
software here., or try here.
We have not had too much time to try this software. Seems to be like Pagemill
on steriods. The release is for PPC Macs only.Give it a try and send
us your comments.
Apple Considering Closing Plant
Apple Computer continues to struggle
with large losses and a recent further downgrading in its credit by Standard
& Poors (see related story),
it is re-evaluating its Singapore plant.
Apple has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to closie the plant, but
is looking at several options towards restructuring its operations. These
include a joint-manufacturing agreement with another company or outsourcing
the manufacturing to another firm.
Apple has recently sold its Colorado plant to SCI Systems, which will make
Apple products under contract. The Singapore plant employs some 2,000 workers
and supplies the regional market including Japan, which remains its second
largest market in the world.
GeoPort Users: SpeakerPhone, Voice
MUSI Computer Products announced the availability of PhoneFloater 1.1, an
upgrade to thier telephony application. New features include, a voice messaging
PhoneFloater is a desktop speakerphone and voice messaging application for
use with a GeoPort Telecom Adapter equipped Macintosh. PhoneFloater provides
users with an interface for placing and receiving telephone calls through
their Macintosh, with support for Macintosh Drag & Drop and the Speech
PhoneFloater 1.1 provides users with a small, effective telephone solution
for their GeoPort equipped Macintosh. Telephony support includes the ability
to place and receive calls with PhoneFloater, using your Macintosh as a
full-duplex speakerphone for the clearest possible
telephone connection, and a full featured voice messaging system with time
and date stamping.
A new addition to PhoneFloater 1.1 is the integrated Phone Book. With the
Phone Book, you can now speak the name of the party you wish to call using
Apple Computer's Speech Recognition 1.5 software (available on Power Macintosh
computers), or drag and drop the name to the Phone window to initiate a
All incoming and outgoing calls may be logged, giving you a complete record
of transactions for billing purposes, and previously logged numbers can
be redialed through the call log window.
In addition, PhoneFloater will keep track of the ten most recent numbers
dialed in a Speed Dial popup menu, giving you a quick and easy way of placing
calls to those important numbers.
Speech recognition in PhoneFloater allows you to place calls by talking
to your Macintosh, as well as perform normal functions like saving a file.
By using Apple Computer's Speech Recognition 1.5 software, Power Macintosh
users will have an enhanced user experience when using PhoneFloater.
PhoneFloater 1.1 requires a Macintosh AV or Power Macintosh with a GeoPort
Telecom Adapter and the Apple Telecom Software with a minimum of 8 MB of
RAM (only 768k application memory required). If installed, PhoneFloater
will use PowerTalk for placing calls with PowerTalk Business Cards. PhoneFloater
is accelerated for Power Macintosh.
Availability and Pricing
PhoneFloater 1.1 is distributed as shareware through online services and
the Internet at leading Macintosh archive sites, or by contacting MUSI Computer
Products via electronic email .
Heidi Roizen Statement about Release
Friday, April 26, 1996
As you can imagine, the level of activity at Apple these days is very high
as we continue to prepare for the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference.
There is some news that I need to share with you now, as an expression of
Apple's commitment to open communication: We've stated in the past that
it has been our goal to deliver the first widespread developer release of
Copland -- what we are calling the Compatibility Edition -- to all attendees
at the WWDC. After thorough analysis, it has become apparent to the engineering
team and me that we will not be able to achieve this goal.
The Copland developer release strategy is designed to get the operating
system into your hands as early as possible. Driver and extension developers
need an early start and application developers need to ensure that current
shipping products can be tested for compatibility.
The goals of the Compatibility Edition have been specifically designed to
meet these needs. Unfortunately, Apple will not be able to deliver a release
that is of high enough quality to achieve these goals by WWDC. Rather than
provide a WWDC-specific release that would not allow you to
make any progress (and further delay the delivery of a release that would
meet your needs), we are focusing all resources on delivering the Compatibility
Edition as quickly as we can by mid-year.
We are scrutinizing our plans as you are reading this, so we can provide
more specific release information at the conference together with more information
about commercial availability, which we expect to now take place in mid-1997.
Despite the fact that we will not supply a take-away copy of Copland at
the WWDC, Copland remains a major focus for the technical content at the
conference. We will deliver technical documentation to all attendees, and
demonstrate Copland to you in many of the sessions. We'll also provide hands-on
access to the latest engineering build, so you can experience the system
yourself, play with it, test it...or just watch it boot.
Copland remains a high priority for Apple Computer. We are taking steps
now to ensure that theproduct will be aligned with Apple's corporate strategy
-- which you can look forward to hearing about in detail at the Worldwide
I realize that you were expecting to receive the developer release at the
conference. I sincerely apologize that we are not able to get you this release
as soon as we had hoped. However, in the interest of fulfilling my personal
number-one commitment to you, that Apple deals with the developer community
"straight up", I believe that this is the right answer for us
all. I am confident that you will still receive tremendous value from attending
the conference, and that all attendees will receive the CD as soon as it
We remain committed to your success as our partners in making the Macintosh
platform an ongoing success. I look forward to seeing you on May 13!
"Intranet" Seminar by:Adobe
Now Software & Apple
Software and Apple Computer are
co-sponsoring a seminar that will demonstrate that the Apple Internet Server
Solution (AISS) is the one of the best IntraNet servers. They will show
users that they can focus on the content creation, because internet publishing
on Mac OS is a snap.
Attendees will learn how to publish an Intranet (intrnally used Internet
system). Each atandee will leave with an Intranet Starter kit (CD of a preconfigured
server), and will be provided an IntraNet CD with a sample company IntraNet
template to get them started.
This seminar is intended for those interested in setting up and managing
an internal Internet server to publish their corporation or department's
Topics to be covered are:
Apple Welcome/Intro/Solution Overview (45 min)
Adobe presents internet publishing solutions
ie Pagemill & Acrobat (45 min)
Now presents their calendaring & Contact solutions (45 min)
Extensibility of the Solution
Directions for the Future
Wrapup-Using the Intranet CD (IP network infrastructure)
Close (15 min)
The seminars will be held around the country at the following locations:
New York City 5/30
Reston (DC) 6/12
Santa Monica (LA) 6/25
There will be two sessions each day, 9AM-12PM, 1PM-4PM
April 26, 1996
M.I.C.KE.Y M.O.U.S.E H.P
Hewlett-Packard announced a color home
printer that comes with Disney Interactive's Mickey and Friends Print Studio
CD-ROM and new home-craft software for family entertainment.
The printer is part of a new line of color home printers with **52981**
built-in banner printing. Prices start at about $300. The DeskJet
680 series printers are perfect for creating banners, greeting cards
and a variety of home crafts, as well as for everyday family printing.
"The DeskJet 680 series printers enable people to make a lasting impression
with their ideas and creations," said Michelle Hamilton, HP home printers
product manager. "If you can dream it and create it on your PC, you
can print it. The experience doesn't end when you turn off the computer."
HP Makes Cool Projects a Snap
The DeskJet 682C printer makes family projects easy. With the new printer,
customers can create a Disney birthday party, from invitations to placemats
and other decorations; produce creative greeting cards and stationery; create
personalized coloring pages and bookmarks that come alive with Mickey and
his friends; and turn their refrigerators and bedroom walls into art galleries
with cards, calendars and other creations.
The printer comes with the HP Home Project Kit, which includes three components:
Disney Interactive's Mickey and Friends Print Studio includes more
than 200 images of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the rest of the gang. Customers
can choose from more than 15 print projects and a variety of page layouts,
with just a point and click. The Mickey and Friends Print Studio is for
non-commercial personal and family use only.
PrintPaks Family Fun Kit is a new multimedia craft kit designed for
color inkjet printers. The kit provides everything families need to create
magnets, window art and banners, including software featuring 50 specially
designed images from PrintPak's unique library, as well as all the magnets,
frames, string and suction cups.
The special media kit, including HP greeting card stock, envelopes
and HP's new banner paper, allows banners to be printed on a single, continuous
sheet of paper instead of individual pages that must be taped together.
Daystar Announces New Units and More
DayStar Digital announced the introduction of two new mac Clones and dropped
the prices on two others.
The Genesis MP, designed for high-end media publishers, are priced between
$6,999 and $9,999 The price of the Genesis MP 528 has been cut $3,500 and
the Genesis MP 600 cost is dropped $4,430 (US).
Expected to ship this May, is the Genesis MP 300, it reportedly runs up
to 75 percent faster than Apples Power
The Genesis MP 300 incorporates 6 PCI slots with similar four processor
Genesis upgrade paths as the MP 528 and 600 workstations. Daystars Genesis
MP family sport chassis that are expandable to included nine drive bays
and four PowerPC processors.
Here is a listing of Daystars MP Systems capable of supporting Multiple
PowerPC 604 processors:
Computer, Inc., will license Sun's Java for the MacOS as part of its
larger Internet strategy, according to news reports and industry sources
which predict Apple will follow Microsoft's lead when it announces Java's
integration into Windows at Meckermedia
Corps Internet World next week.
While the announcement of a broad licensing agreement could come as an initial
move toward improved OpenDoc-Java coordination, Apple is not prepared to
detail plans for Java's future integration with OpenDoc.
Apple declined to comment on the reports overall, but reportedly Apple will
be among a half-dozen vendors announcing Java integration in their operating
systems, including IBM, for OS/2, and
Novell, for NetWare. Despite the "me-too"
quality of such an announcement, Apple's integration of Java could help
level the playing field for the MacOS.
"For corporate networks, the big reference is, What is the Java implementation
for that OS?," said Will Iverson, Macintosh development tools evangelist
for Symantec. "Right there, you've got your corporate strategy."
A licensing deal with Sun could also bolster
Apple's position as a leading provider of Internet technologies--a key strategic
goal articulated by CEO Gil
Amelio in last week's earnings announcement. Eric Lewis, manager of
Personal Systems Research with IDC, said "Amelio has made it [the Internet]
a cornerstone of Apple's new strategy. Java fits right in. Why they haven't
done it already is an awfully good question."
Symantec's Iverson said that as a
first step a broad licensing agreement makes sense: "There has been
tremendous pressure from numerous sources saying the OpenDoc solution is
not acceptable at this time, so anything they [Apple] can do is a big win
for OpenDoc. Part of the trick is not biting off too much."
Free CD for Educators from NASA
Scientists at NASA's
jet Propulsion Lab are offering educators freeCD-ROM software containing
radar-imaging data and photographs gathered aboard the space shuttle. The
data was collected as part of the Spaceborne Imaging Radar C/X-Band Synthetic
Aperture Radar project and also contains
QuickTime movies of the missions in April and October 1994.
To order the CDs (available in Mac format only), send a self-addressed
U.S. Geological Survey's EDC DAAC User Services
EROS Data Center
Sioux Falls, SD 57198
NASA CORE ($5.00)
Lorain County JVS
15181 Route 58 South
Oberlin, OH 44074
216-774-1051 ext. 293
Due to high demand, orders may take several weeks to fill.
Quarterdeck Ships WebSTAR 1.2.5
Quarterdeck Corp announced that it
has made WebSTAR 1.2.5 for Macintosh available for free downloading off
the Internet to current owners of the software. This update for the industry-leading
MacOS Web server works natively with Apple's recently released Open Transport
TCP/IP driver and, as a result, offers significant performance improvements
and support for many more simultaneous connections than previous versions.
Running under Open Transport 1.1, WebSTAR 1.2.5's throughput increases up
to 40% without making any changes to the server's configuration.
"WebSTAR has been a multi-threaded, PowerPC native application since
it shipped almost a year ago," remarked Chuck Shotton, Quarterdeck
Fellow and principle architect of WebSTAR. "Now that both the server
and it's underlying TCP/IP stack are executing natively on PowerPC, WebSTAR's
performance will tear through any lingering doubts about the Mac's robustness
as a Web server platform."
Recommended for servers requiring Open Transport 1.1 only, WebSTAR 1.2.5
supports up to 150 simultaneous connections, breaking through the previous
limit of 50 connections running under MacTCP. Due to the PowerPC native
execution of TCP/IP transactions in Open Transport, WebSTAR 1.2.5 now supports
up to 40% more connections per minute than WebSTAR 1.2.4
Although support for hundreds of simultaneous connections places WebSTAR
1.2.5 in the same league as most UNIX Web servers, this feature is only
one factor in assessing overall server performance. In his recently published
paper "A Model of Web Server Performance", Quarterdeck Computer
Scientist Dr. Louis Slothouber observes a theoretical upper limit on the
serving capacity of Web servers in general which cannot simply be addressed
by increasing the number of simultaneous connections. Generally, network
bandwidth is the primary bottleneck in server performance. The paper is
WebSTAR 1.2.5 is available at for downloading here,
you must be a current WebSTAR owner.
Yet Another IPO?
Farallon Computing Inc. intends to
become a public company. This will be the Alameda, CalifI based companies
second attempt at an initial public offering, and will probably take place
in early summer.
Farallon filed for an IPO of stock with the Security and Exchange Commission
this week to sell 2 million common shares at between $13 and $15 a share.
Ten million shares will remain outstanding.
Sources outside the company stated that three years ago Farallon attempted
to take itself public, , but pulled back due to product and financial missteps
at the time.
Netscapes New Standard
Netscape has announced that over
40 companies have agreed to adopt a proposed new standard for email/directory
services called the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The LDAP
provides a uniform way for Internet software to access directory listings
of Internet users. Netscape plans to add the technology to its browser and
Apple to License 3D Sound (SRS)
Apple has decided to license the SRS
Labs' (Sound Retrieval System) 3D sound technology incorporated in the
new Power Macintosh 5400/120. The patented Sound Retrieval System Technology
is licensed by over 5 million manufacturers of consumer audio products,
multimedia computers, professional sound equipment, and musical instruments.
PowerPrint to Support Apple's New
GDT Softworks continues to expand the scope of its PowerPrint
family of printing solutions by announcing support for Apple's new PC Compatibility
Cards. GDT's PowerPC-native PowerPrint software provides cross-platform
printing functionality for Mac users. The product has won several prestigious
awards, including a Macworld Editor's
Hewlett Packard Releases New Print
Hewlett Packard has released a new background
printing utility v4.07 that corrects inability for many of HP's inkjet printers
from working properly on Apples PCI Macs. You can download the driver here.
April 25, 1996
"The online MacinStuff Times"
Many New Features
We are approaching 50,000 + readers in just over two months, and have experienced
many growing pains. In order to serve our readers better, "The online
MacinStuff Times" will be moving to a new home.
With the move will come a redesign as well as many additional features,
including an online search engine, a ListServer, an IRC section and much,
much more. From day one "The online MacinStuff Times" readers
have been very vocal, on average we receive 100 emails per week and answer
each one personally. Please continue to email
us your suggestions, and comments as this will assist us in the redesign.
Fog City has made yet another version
of FreePPP available. Version 2.5b6 Is the latest and (greatest?) version
of FreePPP. This public beta version expires May 13. A final version
will be released before then. You can download just FreePPP
2.5b6 here or thethe full installer of FreePPP
Apple Posts System 7.5.3 Overview
In an attempt to stem some of the confusion regarding it's System 7.5.3
Update 2.0, Apple Computer has posted
an all encompassing page with oodles of information. You will find a product
description, Synopsis, Advantages, system requirements, some **52981**
cool charts, as well as ordering information. You can view the page
Newton 2.0 users can now share an email box with CompuServe users on both
Windows and Mac platforms. The email client works with the Newton's built-in
In Box and Out Box so that when they return home from travel Newton users
can access the same mail from their desktop computer--whether it's a Windows
or MacOS machine.
released a free update for After Effects v3.1, its compositing and animation
package. The new version more fully supports DayStar's multiprocessing MacOS
computer, resulting in faster rendering of images and plug-in effects.
Version 3.1 also adds support for TIFF and Targa files and includes new
plug-ins: Unsharp Mask, Remove Color Matting, and Write-on, which simulates
animated handwriting. Owners of the more costly Production Bundle will also
receive a new Lightning plug-in.
The update is available on CD-ROM and will be mailed free to all registered
users of After Effects 3.0.
Pioneer to Produce 10x CD-ROM by
Pioneer New Media Super 10X CD-ROM
drive CD, boosts transfer speeds by using chips newly developed by the company
and combines a couple of rotation theories. In its new drives, Pioneer has
incorporated the rotation theory used in hard drives, called constant angular
velocity (CAV), in which the disc spins at the same speed no matter where
the data is on the media.
Between the new chips and the combined rotation modes, the drives get 10X
speed (the X in CD speeds refers to 550 rpm, the rotation speed used in
the original 1X audio CD drives).
Reportedly, the drive can be operated in either CAV mode or a combination
of CAV and CLV mode. The new capability offers an access time of 80 ms,
and data transfer rates from 660 KBps to 1500 KBps.
No prices have been released for the drive yet.
S&P Lowers Apples Debt Rating
Citing concern about near-term liquidity and cash flow levels, Standard
& Poors has once again lowered Apple's credit rating. The latest
cut has pushed Apple's senior debt rating to "single B minus"
and short-term, or commercial, debt to "single C". Apple had no
comment on the action.
Global Village Forms New Division
Global Village Communication
Inc. (GVIL) reported that it plans to make its Internet Services Division
a stand-alone business called GlobalCenter Inc. GVIL**52981**
said UUNET Technologies Inc. (UUNT) intends to take a 19.9% equity
interest in the new business. GVIL added that it is exploring additional
outside financing arrangements and expects to remain a major shareholder
Netscape Earns $.06 Per Share
Netscape reported a surprisingly
strong 35 percent sequential rise in first quarter revenues from the December
quarter, a tenfold rise from the year ago period. Net income reached $4.7
million, or 6 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with a loss of $3.9
million, or 6 cents a share, in the 1995 period. Fourth-quarter profit also
doubled to about $2.4 million.
Three Form PODI
and Scitex Corporation today announced
the Print On Demand Initiative (PODI), a program to develop and demonstrate
business opportunities in the on demand color printing market. The program
plans to educate consumers and OEMs on emerging on-demand printing market
opportunities, including Internet printing, direct marketing, technical
publishing, specialty printing and catalog publishing.
Naperville, Ill.-based Spyglass plans to purchase Surfwatch in a stock swap
valued at $12.6
million. Officials at Los Altos, Calif.-based Surfwatch said that upon completion
of the deal,
expected by the end of April, the company will become a West Coast research
division of Spyglass. No layoffs are expected at either company.
Spyglass CEO Douglas Colbeth will run the combined company; the future position
President Bill Duvall is undetermined.
Jay Friedland, Surfwatch vice president of marketing, said his division's
first order of business
will be to integrate its Internet-filtering technologies into the client
and server portions of Spyglass'
Web Technology kits, which were announced this month and due this summer.
An OpenDoc version of Surfwatch will be developed, Friedland said, which
is consistent with
Spyglass' component-software plans. An Open Transport-compatible update
to Surfwatch's existing software is due in May.
Meckermedia Corp.'s SPRING INTERNET
Meckermedia Corp.will hold it's
SPRING INTERNET WORLD '96 in San Jose April 30-May 2,
1996, at the San Jose Convention Center.
Spring Internet World '96 is reportedly the largest, most comprehensive
Internet conference and exhibition ever presented on this planet. Anything
you want to know about Internet and Web applications is here -- you'll find
presentations for industry, commerce, publishing, legal, marketing, finance,
technical, education, communications, and of course, the Web -- and all
major operating system platforms will be represented.
Amelio visited Microsoft's suburban Seattle headquarters several weeks ago
and met with Chairman Bill Gates to discuss a wide range of issues, officials
``Despite what anyone may want to believe (Apple's Macintosh) is still a
very important platform for us,'' said Microsoft spokeswoman Mich Mathews.
Repotedly Microsoft earns **52981**
more than $200 million of the company's $6 billion in 1995 revenues
from Macintosh applications such as versions of Microsoft's Office productivity
In the spirit of mending fences, Apple executives hosted a party for Microsoft
Macintosh developers last week at a microbrewery near Microsoft's headquarters.
The lighthearted afternoon event was a far cry from the acrimony of last
year, when Gates publicly complained about Spindler's ``lack of candor and
honesty'' after Apple added Microsoft to a copyright lawsuit.
Netscape Daylight Savings Time Bug
To be Fixed Soon
Sources have reported that Netscape
is working on a fix for it''s "daylight Savings Bug" (reported
here earlier) found in its browser Netscape 2.02. The fix reportedly will
be released "in the next two weeks" and will be incorporated in
the next preview release of Atlas (netscape 3.0). Additional information
can be found here.
Explorer 2.0b3 for Macintosh Ships
Microsoft released its browser,
Internet Explorer version 2.0 for the Macintosh operating system. You can
download the browser at no charge. The browser supports video, 3D virtual
reality environments, and digital formats.
Microsoft Internet Explorer comes in 3 flavors:
Internet Explorer 2.0 for The PowerMac version, you can download it
Internet Explorer 2.0 for The 68x0 Macs , you can download it here.
Internet Explorer 2.0 for in a Fat Bionary version, (Any Mac) you
can download it here.
Apple Updates Networking Software
Dowload them Here
Computer, Inc. has updated its Internet Connection Kit to include Netscape
Navigator 2.0, as well as the latest version of Open Transport, version
The Apple Internet Connection
Kit version 1.1, which Apple claims will get users up and running in
30 minutes, also includes System 7.5 Update 2.0 and increased support for
The kit includes the following: Apple Internet Dialer, which now offers
a choice between five service providers (Netcom, Portal, InternetMCI, Concentric,
and PSI); the Apple Guide for the Internet with enhanced on-screen help;
Netscape Navigator 2.0; Claris Emailer Lite version 1.0v3, which is now
fully compatible with Open Transport 1.1; Fetch **52981**
FTP software version 3.0; NewsWatcher version 2.1.2; MacPPP version
2.5; NCSA Telnet; QuickTime VR Player; Progressive Networks' RealAudio Player;
Adobe Acrobat Reader; and System 7.5 Update 2.0.
The Internet Connection Kit sells for $59. Upgrades are available through
Claris for $19.
Atlas to Grow into Navigator 3.0b
Netscape Communications Corp. will
release a beta version of Navigator 3.0 (formally Atlas) next week at the
Internet World trade show in San Jose, Calif., according to sources.
The new browser will feature integrated multimedia capabilities such as
video, audio and Internet telephony. The Internet telephony capabilities
are based on InSoft Inc.'s CoolTalk. Netscape acquired InSoft earlier this
In addition, the new Internet client software supports the VRML (Virtual
Reality Modeling Language) 2.0 standard and features enhancements to its
Mail and News readers. It also includes integrated whiteboarding capabilities.Navigator
3.0 will also feature integrated support for digital certificates, which
will be issued by VeriSign Inc.
It is not clear if all of the new feature set will be included in the Macintosh
version of Navigator 3.0b.
Eudora Pro Turns 3, Download beta
Qualcomm has announced Eudora Pro
3.0 Email program.
In a bid to keep up with Claris Emailer
v 1.0.3, Eudora Pro 3, capabilities reportedly include the ability to automatically
redirect a message, send a reply, or send a copy of a received message,
limiting the size of messages that are Eudora Pro will automatically download
from the server, conserving your connect-time dollars, as well as supporting
Qualcomm also hopes that it's newly-published Translation Services API will
developers to plug into Eudora, such as security applications that would
automatically encrypt and
Eudora Pro 3.0 is now available as a public beta and expected to ship in
July. You can download the Mac beta version here
(you must be a Eudora Pro user for the update to work.)
April 23, 1996
Netsacpe's Profits Nearly Double
Netscape Communications nearly
doubled its profits for the first quarter of the year on a 35 percent increase
Netscape's net income for the Q1 came in at $4.7 million, **52981**
or $0.06 per share, compared to $2.4 million, or $0.03 per share,
for the previous quarter. The company reported revenues totaling $55 million
for the first quarter ended March 31, up from $40.6 million for the previous
quarter. The company went public last August.
Netscape's stock closed up more than 3 points today at 61-7/8.
Netscape and other Internet companies have become the darlings of
Wall Street. We have seen IPOs from the likes of Yahoo,
Excite and Lycos
over the last few weeks,
Fargo Electronics New RasterText
& New Ribbon
Fargo Electronics maker of low cost
high quality dye sublimation printers has RasterText print technology, and
states that the "Mystery of the Disappearing 4 Point Font" has
been solved! Printing extremely small text and fine lines has always been
a challenge for dye-sublimation printers. Dye-sublimation text printed at
8 points or below, for example, can often appear very faded on the printed
page and can sometimes drop out altogether.
RasterText is incorporated into all Pictura printer drivers as a selectable
option called Enhance Fine Text. When selected, this option allows Pictura
to apply the software-based spatial filter of RasterText to your printed
image. This filter brings out the fine detail of small text and lines within
your image and allows them to print with remarkable definition and clarity.
RasterText is currently built into all of the most recent printer driver
versions for the complete line of Pictura Color Printers and is fully functional
for both Macintosh and Windows applications.
RasterText is included on the following printer driver versions: Mac version
4.4.1 (or higher), Mac PostScript version 3.3.2 (or higher), Windows version
2.3.0 (or higher). Click here to download
the latest Pictura printer drivers. Fargo printers are available direct
as well as authorized resalers such as inFORMed
New Color Ribbon allows Users to Transfer Images to Almost Anything!
Looking for a fast, easy and inexpensive way to transfer your favorite images?
Well FARGO now has a revolutionary new print ribbon called the PowerPrint(TM)
Sublimation Ribbon that allows you to transfer your best full-color images
to almost anything with a polymer coating. From buttons and baseball caps,
to mugs and mouse pads, images printed on Primera and PrimeraPro can be
transferred in just minutes.
With the wax thermal and dye-sublimation print modes of Primera and PrimeraPro,
users have always been able to print transfers for making high-quality custom
T-shirts and photo mugs. Now, with the PowerPrint ribbon, FARGO offers a
totally new way to transfer images to more surfaces than ever before.
Some of the creative things you can transfer images to include:
The PowerPrint ribbon installs into Primera or PrimeraPro just like a standard
wax thermal or dye-sublimation ribbon and allows you to print directly onto
standard grade paper. After the image is printed, simply heat transfer the
image to any polyester fabric or coated metal, wood or ceramic material
and presto! You've just made a custom transfer with the sharpness, color
quality and durability you've come to expect from a FARGO printer.
The PowerPrint provides 115 prints per ribbon and can be purchased directly
from FARGO for $235 (MSRP). For more information and a complete listing
of coated materials available for use with the PowerPrint ribbon, contact
FARGO or authorized resalers such as inFORMed
British Telecom Prototype, "Office
on the Arm"
British Telecom has built a prototype product
named "Office in the Arm", it is based on the Macintosh platform.
A touch pad replaces the keyboard and mouse. The screen display enlarges,
or users may opt for a head mounted display resembling a virtual reality
headset visor. Included reportedly are stereo headphones, and a microphone
for use with its voice recognition system. BT laboratories is located in
Martlesham Heath, England.
Claris Sales Up 60%, Windows 16
Claris announced second-quarter revenues
on Tuesday. The Apple Computer subsidiary's revenues reached a record $64.4
million, up from $40.1 million in the Q2 of 1995. The growth is attributed
to strong sales of Claris and Apple-branded software and continued sales
growth of its FileMaker Pro and ClarisWorks products in the Japanese market.
Claris has also nnounced that it will
release a 16-bit version of the popular FileMaker Pro 3.0 relational database
for Windows 3.x users. FileMaker Pro 3.0 is currently available for users
of Macintosh and 32-bit Windows 95/NT users. The new FileMaker Pro 3.0 for
Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT will include all three versions within
a single software box.
Wow PageMill 2
Seems today much of our competition is reporting about Adobes
new PageMill 2. Readers of "The online MacinStuff Times"
got this news one week ago, on tax day April 15th, read
the original story.
Netscape Takes Lead in Directory Standardization
Netscape Communications is
leading the charge for a new standard that may dramatically enhance the
appeal of Internet communications for businesses by making it easier to
locate Net email addresses worldwide.
Netscape announced that it is developing a server product, the Netscape
Directory Server, based on LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol),
a newly proposed directory standard created by researchers at the University
of Michigan. An extension of the X.500 directory standard would allow
users to easily locate email addresses across the Net.
More than 40 other vendors also threw their weight behind the LDAP
protocol, including IBM, AT&T,
and Lotus Development. The show of broad
support for the fledgling standard may add momentum to the push to create
a single Internet directory services standard.
Both Novell and Banyan
have been promoting the idea of extending their LAN-based directory services
standards--Novell Directory Services (NDS) and StreetTalk, respectively--to
the Net. The companies' efforts have been hamstrung by the fact that both
technologies are incompatible with each other and closely tied to proprietary
protocols, said Jamie Lewis, Novell analyst and president of consultancy
at The Burton Group.
Global Village Alternative, File Transfer
Mac users now have alternatives to faxes, email, and overnight delivery,
GlobalTransfer from Global Village.
GlobalTransfer software is based on the Zmodem file-transfer protocol and
works with most 14.4Kbps or faster modems, according to Global Village.
It enables users to send documents cross platform using a simple point-and-click
interface. Users don't have to deal with illegible faxes or files corrupted
The Macintosh version of GlobalTransfer Lite is available for download here.
A Windows version of GlobalTransfer Lite will be available later this summer.
GlobalTransfer is available in one-, two- and ten-packs for $29.95, $44.95
and $199.95. It requires a Mac with a 68020 or higher processor, System
7.0 or later, 1MB RAM and a 14.4Kbps or faster modem.