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NetDay 96 -- On 09-Mar-96, thousands of volunteers in California will go to their local schools and help connect them to the Internet. In each school, volunteers will pull Category 5 twisted pair cable from five classrooms and a library or computer lab to a central wiring closet. Hardware vendors are providing wire, jacks, connectors, and a patch panel at cost (between $350 and $500) and other companies and individuals are sponsoring specific schools by paying for the hardware. Internet access companies including MCI, Netcom, AT&T, and America Online have committed to providing free Internet dialup access for every school in California. Frankly, this is a fabulous way for everyone to put money and time where it can accomplish something. If you want to support education in California, check out the Web page below for the details and to find your local school. If you're not in California, as so many of our readers aren't, keep an eye out for similar projects in your area. If you're really committed, I'm sure the NetDay folks would be happy to provide information on how you can duplicate NetDay in your area. [ACE]

<http://www.netday96.com/>

Open Transport 1.1b16 Public Beta -- Apple has a released a public beta of Open Transport 1.1, which addresses many existing problems plus runs on both 68K and Power Macintosh machines. The beta is unsupported (so you can't ask Apple for help) and is only recommended for experienced users familiar with their network configuration; however, users of PCI Power Macs might be particularly interested in the release. The beta does not function on Performa 5200, 5300, 6200, and 6300 computers, along with the Macintosh IIvi, and Apple also recommends against installing it on the PowerBook 190, 2300, and 5300, or on PowerBook 540s running System 7.5.2. Be sure to check out the ReadMe files and notes before installing; so far, reports I've seen indicate that the beta is functioning well. There are two installations available, one with a set of floppy disk images and one as an all-in-one Net Install; both are a little over 2.5 MB in size. [GD]

<ftp://ftp.support.apple.com/pub/apple_sw_updates/US/mac/Unsupported/>

Cheap Macs Via Apple Employees -- Through 31-Mar-96, Apple is running a program that allows employees to purchase up to four Macs, four Newtons, and four printers at seriously low prices. The program is specifically designed to make it easy for Apple employees to buy Macs for friends and relatives (the employee can order the equipment, and it will be shipped to the recipient and charged to the recipient's credit card). The limitations are that the Apple employees cannot resell the equipment for a profit, they can't sell it to dealers, and they must be able to account for the exact whereabouts of the equipment for a year. So, if you know an Apple employee who might be willing to do you a favor, drop her a line and see if she can send you the price list. Please do not harass anyone about this - the Apple employee may have already used up the quota, may not have the time, or may simply be uncomfortable with ordering the equipment for you. In case you don't believe me, the URL below leads to the original message from Guy Kawasaki's EvangeList (for more information about EvangeList, send email to <macway-request@solutions.apple.com>). [ACE]

<http://wais.sensei.com.au/archives/macway/1996/0201.html>

Power Mac Netscape 2.0 Java Beta 1 -- On the heels of its official release of Netscape 2.0 for the Macintosh, Netscape has posted the first beta of a Java-enabled version of Netscape Navigator 2.0 for Power Macs. The Java implementation is compatible with the Java Development Kit released by Sun last week, and (unlike other Java-capable versions of Navigator) cannot be disabled via Netscape's preferences. This beta expires 15-Mar-96 and is a little over 2 MB in size. [GD]

<ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/MacJava/>
<http://www.netscape.com/eng/mozilla/2.0Java/relnotes/mac-2.0JavaB1.html>

Alpha Acrobat Plug-In Available -- Last week, Adobe released alpha versions of Amber, its Acrobat Reader plug-in for Netscape Navigator, for both 68K and Power Macintosh. Amber is the codename for a full update to both Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Exchange; the Amber plug-in allows Acrobat PDF documents to be viewed directly in Netscape's window, and integrates those documents directly into Netscape's navigation commands. Though Amber includes some optimizations for Internet use (including progressive rendering technologies and the ability to go to any page in a PDF document), these require specially-optimized PDF files and "byteserver" capabilities on Web servers. Adobe is already working with Netscape, Open Market, StarNine, and other vendors to include these features; in the meantime, Adobe has a lot of information about Amber available on its Web site. I have read reports of problems downloading the 4 MB release; I'd suggest waiting until non-peak hours (Pacific time) before trying to download it. [GD]

<http://www.adobe.com/Amber/>

QC Goes PowerPC Native -- Onyx Technologies has released the long-anticipated PowerPC-native version of QC, its popular software testing tool. Version 1.2 offers significantly increased performance on Power Macs, plus additional tools previously unavailable under the Modern Memory Manager. The update is free for registered QC users and available online; QC normally costs $99. If you don't use QC and do any serious programming or software testing, you owe it to yourself to download a demo and get a demo serial number from Onyx. [GD]

<http://www.std.com/onyxtech/>