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MailBITS/18-Sep-00

MindVision Updates to MindControl 1.1 -- MindVision Software has released MindControl 1.1, a more polished version of their command-line launch utility for the Mac (see our write-up of it in "Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives" in TidBITS-513). MindControl 1.1 is better about keeping file paths up to date, provides access to enclosing folders, has a quick reference guide, can show items from your Favorites folder, now provides some mouse control, and offers a translucent interface appearance. Although we've found MindControl useful, especially on laptops where trackpad use can be difficult at times, MindControl 1.1 doesn't offer features that could be extremely welcome, such as providing a keyboard-based search of the hard disk (type "? somefile" to search for "somefile"), extending such a search to Web search engines (type "google Gettysburg Address" to search for a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Google), or providing a different activation hotkey that would send the typed word to your default Web browser (rather than making you switch to the Web browser first). Perhaps MindControl 2.0 will offer such enhancements. The update to MindControl 1.1 is a 486K download and is free to registered users; new copies cost $20. [ACE]

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WebSTAR Server Suite 4.3 Released -- 4D, Inc. has released WebSTAR Server Suite 4.3, the latest version of the company's powerful suite of Internet servers, including Web, FTP, and email, among others. Improvements in WebSTAR 4.3 include improved performance and better spam trapping in WebSTAR Mail, support for the Mac OS 9 Keychain in WebSTAR Admin, automatic notification when changes require a server restart, and enhanced searching. Upgrades are available only online; they're free for WebSTAR 4.x users and $199 for WebSTAR 3.x users. [ACE]

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Poll Preview: Teneration X -- Companies like Apple go to great lengths when choosing product names: monikers like PowerBook, iBook, FireWire, and iMac are judged by how they sound, how they look, and how they'll be accepted in the marketplace. However, Apple's new operating system has many folks tongue-tied. Officially, the X in Mac OS X is a Roman numeral and according to Apple is pronounced "Mac OS Ten," though many people currently say "Mac OS Ex." Which do you find yourself using when talking about Mac OS X? Visit the TidBITS home page and cast your vote! [JLC]

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