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MailBITS/29-May-95

This issue is a touch late partly due to the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., and partly due to us helping Chad and Galen Magendanz ShrinkWrap their apartment and mount the resulting disk image in their new house. Apologies for any confusion our tardiness might have caused. [ACE]

Updated Updater -- Last week Connectix released a maintenance fix for the RAM Doubler 1.5.2 update reported in TidBITS-278. Although the fix is called Updater 1.5.2a, it's important to note the fix is for the Updater application rather than RAM Doubler itself. The current version of RAM Doubler remains at 1.5.2, and if you've updated to 1.5.2 successfully, you don't need this updater.

The only difference between Updaters 1.5.2 and 1.5.2a is that the memory allocation for the application has been increased from 384K to 512K. Some machines without RAM Doubler would erroneously report a corrupted master disk when the original Updater ran. If you encountered this problem, you can grab the new Updater application, or work around the problem by increasing the Updater's memory allocation in its Get Info window. [GD]

ftp://mirror.aol.com//pub/info-mac/cfg/ram-doubler-152a-updt.hqx

Decency's in the Eye of the Beholder -- An alternative to the Communications Decency Act of 1995 (see TidBITS-263) has been proposed by Senator Patrick Leahy. The Leahy bill, S.714 (called the "Child Protection, User Empowerment, and Free Expression in Interactive Media Study" bill) proposes a five month study of current law and technological capabilities surrounding access to controversial content via electronic media. At this time, this bill presents the only alternative to the Exon/Gorton Communications Decency Act, which is likely to pass without a strong show of support for Leahy's alternative. More information and, yes, an online petition can be found at the following URLs. It's worth noting that the original petition against the Communications Decency Act gathered more than 108,000 signatures. [GD]

http://www.eff.org/pub/Alerts/s314_hr1004_s652.alert
http://www.cdt.org/cda.html
http://www.cdt.org/petition.html

PC Setup 1.0.6 Yanked -- Apple pulled version 1.0.6 of PC Setup from distribution last week due to "several" unspecified problems. If you're running PC Setup 1.0.6, Apple recommends to switch back to the correct version of PC Setup for your machine. If you've got a DOS Compatible 6100 system, you'll want to use PC Setup 1.0.3; for 630 and 640 DOS Compatible machines, use PC Setup 1.0.5. Watch out: these are big archives (2.6 MB and 1.3 MB respectively), and they have those funky ultra-long Apple URLs: [GD]

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com//Apple.Support.Area/Apple.Software.Updates/US/Macintosh/System.Software/Other.System.Software/PC_Setup_1.0.3.sea.hqx
ftp://ftp.info.apple.com//Apple.Support.Area/Apple.Software.Updates/US/Macintosh/System.Software/Other.System.Software/PC_Setup_1.0.5.sea.hqx

Ross Brown <ross@bnr.ca> writes in regard to the Usenet Macintosh Programming Awards mentioned in TidBITS-278:

I'll point out, as I did to those present at the awards ceremony at WWDC, that all of this year's winners are from outside the U.S. This adds some substance to Apple's claim that the Macintosh is a growing force in global computing.