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"A" is for "Expire" -- Bill Fleischmann <bill.fleischmann@med.umich.edu> reports that yet another company whose name starts with "A" has announced a problem with a shipping commercial program expiring. ACI US announced that 4D Calc 1.2.1 stopped working on 01-Oct-94. ACI US has placed a fixed version with the name 4DCALC.121 in the 4D Modules library on CompuServe (GO ACIUS). No word on Internet distribution. [ACE]

ACI US -- 408/252-4444

Paul Celestin <celestin@olympus.net> writes:

The Providers of Commercial Internet Access (POCIA) Directory contains hundreds of entries for Internet providers, which include addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and pricing. It is indexed by area code (for the U.S. and Canada) and by country (for the rest of the world). POCIA is available at the following Web and FTP sites:

http://www.teleport.com/~cci/
ftp://ftp.teleport.com/vendors/cci/pocia/pocia.txt

If you are an Internet access provider and would like to be listed, email Paul Celestin at <celestin@olympus.net>.

[Note that rather than duplicate effort, I gave Paul the information Internet providers sent me for the second edition of Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, and although I'll continue to work with him on the list, please send Internet provider information to Paul. -Adam]

RSI Redux -- A recent experience reminded me of my repetitive stress injuries. I participated in a Wired online conference on America Online, and after typing rapidly for an hour, my left hand hurt for several days, so much that I wore my wrist brace in bed for a few nights. It's more or less back to normal now, but it was scary to fall back so quickly, and those of you experiencing problems or recovering, please, be careful. There's a new Web page with good RSI information, along with pictures and even a few MPEG movies - perhaps this is a good time to check it out.

http://engr-www.unl.edu/ee/eeshop/rsi.html

And of course, the RSI Newsletter continues to provide useful information each issue. To subscribe, send email to <majordomo@world.std.com> with "subscribe rsi" in the body of the message.

Also, to read more about RSI, check out TidBITS-134 (carpal tunnel articles) as well as TidBITS-199 and TidBITS-200 (Handeze gloves information - APS <71520.72@compuserve.com> now carries them, so sizing information is in the APS catalog). [ACE]

Need more toner? Apple has introduced the LaserWriter Pro 810 Extended Capacity Toner Cartridge (item M3602G/A) to replace that printer's original cartridge, offering smaller toner particles, improvements in the charging area, and longer page life. (The cartridge prints an average of 13,000 letter size pages at five percent coverage, as opposed to 12,000 pages for the original.) When Apple took the LaserWriter Pro 810 off suspension earlier this year (see TidBITS-233) the company announced plans to offer an improved toner cartridge at a later time; it should be available by the time you read this. [MHA]

New versions of Quicken -- Quicken 5.0 for Macintosh should be available on shelves on 13-Oct-94. New features noted in the Intuit propaganda include a Financial Calendar, which helps with entering repetitive expenses and scheduling recurring transactions, such as computer loans and car payments. Other emphasized features include an Iconbar (yet another program has become a barfly), easier account reconciliation, better online help, better QuickFill (automated typing), and QuickMath (a calculator by any other name), as well as improved tax planning and investment tracking.

To run Quicken 5.0, you need a hard disk and 2 MB RAM under System 6 or 4 MB under System 7. The new version runs on Power Macs in emulation, and the native version should be ready in 1995. It's refreshing to see a new version of a popular program which does not require truck loads of RAM, but I'm disappointed that the native version isn't out yet and that the nifty sounding Quicken Deluxe CD-ROM is only for Windows users. The CD includes the new Quicken 4.0 for Windows, Quicken video tutorials, financial advice, and various high-end financial tools. Quicken costs $49 list, approximately $39 mail order, and upgrades are $29.95 through Intuit or through a $10 rebate coupon in specially marked packages. [TJE]

Intuit -- 800/624-8742 -- 415/322-0573