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MailBITS/13-May-91

Check out page 4 of the 07-May-91 issue of MacWEEK for the first time I've been quoted by a national magazine. Thanks to Henry Norr for including it.

Emery Berger corrects our TechnoBITS article on Iterated Systems's fractal compression board since we blew it and missed the final sentence of the original BYTE article. "I wouldn't be pedantic if this weren't an important point (OK, maybe I would :-)), but this [our claim that fractal compression is lossless] is incorrect. From the horse's mouth "Fractal transformation throws away some information, because it's a lossy method, but it tends to throw away noise, rather than data you need." (But it's still pretty damn neat!)"

Yet another correction from Joseph Pinner. "Latest TidBITS in MailBITS says that AccessPC does not work under System 7. According to the Update notes on the current release (1.1), this is NOT true - it does work under 7."

Mark H. Anbinder forwards this bit from the Seattle Times, 30-Apr-91. "A lucky Macintosh user had the Talking Moose program (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.) working on his Macintosh when burglars broke into his home while he was away. Presumably thinking there was someone in the home, the burglars left the room with the Macintosh alone." [A new module called Screaming Bjarne (in which this wild eyed person appears on the screen and screams periodically) for After Dark might be even more effective. :-)]

Also from Mark: "Just so you all know, the Apple 400K External Floppy Disk Drive is no longer supported on the new Macintosh CPUs (the Classic, LC, and IIsi). The 800K drive is supported. Users who have old 400K drives who want to bring 'em over to their new Macs... tough."

Will he never stop? I hope not. Once more from Mark: "Seen in a reseller update memo... "Effective immediately the following Radius products have experienced a price reduction." Talk about your existential peripherals!"

Information from:
Emery Berger -- emery@cs.texas.edu
Joseph W. Pinner -- 76146.3356@compuserve.com
Mark H. Anbinder -- mha@memory.uucp