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MailBITS/24-Oct-94

It was a dark and stormy night that Thursday the 13th of October, and the pavement had broken out into an oily sheen of sweat. And then, to use the Reagan/Bush passive voice cop-out, mistakes were made, resulting in an automobile accident involving Tonya and our Honda Civic. The car can be repaired in a week or two, but the more subtle injuries to Tonya's neck took several days to manifest themselves and may take much longer to heal. With any luck, she'll be fine in a few weeks or months, but in the meantime, Tonya cannot handle much email. This, combined with some pre-arranged commitments I have for the next two weeks, means the less unnecessary email we receive, the better. Thanks for understanding. [ACE]

Internet Video -- One of the things I'm doing in the next few weeks is working on a video about the Internet, and the producer is looking for images to use in it. If you have computer art or digitized photographs that you would like to submit for consideration and to which you have rights, please send them to Harry Wiland at <hhw@earthlink.net>. The act of submission constitutes permission to use, so please don't submit anything that's not your work since we're trying to stay well within the bounds of acceptable use. [ACE]

HDT and Stacker could be a dangerous combination if you use a "Stacked" disk (a disk compressed with Stacker from Stac Electronics) that's been formatted with FWB's Hard Disk Toolkit on a computer running Apple's SCSI Manager 4.3. (SCSI Manager 4.3 only works on Centris, Quadra, and Power Mac models, and if you use one of those Macs, note that System 7.5 includes the SCSI Manager 4.3 extension in its default installation.) FWB Technical Support confirmed a report from Stac Electronics that SCSI Manager 4.3-compatible versions of HDT can cause data loss when used with Stacker. (The HDT 1.6 Read Me file alerts users to an incompatibility.) One solution is to not install the SCSI Manager 4.3 extension when installing System 7.5. (After installing the System, restart with extensions disabled and remove the extension.) On Macintosh models with SCSI Manager 4.3 in ROM, such as the Quadra AV systems and Power Macs, don't use "Stacked" disks if you formatted them with HDT 1.5 or later. FWB says a fix is in the works but will probably not be available until the next major release. [MHA]

LaserWriter 8.2 was recently released by Apple, and they recommend using it instead of any previous 8.x driver. Fixes and changes mentioned include: improved printing of PICTs containing rotated objects, improved Chooser setup routine, and a change in the default output device - the 8.2 driver always defaults back to the printer as the print job destination. Evidently, previous versions defaulted to the most recently used destination and - as a result - too many print jobs were accidently faxed via printers that include fax cards.

The version of 8.2 available on the nets does not come with an installer; instead you get the driver and a folder of Apple PPDs. The ReadMe suggests that you use an installer to install a previous version of the 8.x driver before copying the 8.2 driver into your Extensions folder. The ReadMe also recommends trashing your LaserWriter Prefs folder and using the new PPDs. [TJE]

ftp://ftp.apple.com/dts/mac/sys.soft/imaging/laserwriter-8-2.hqx
ftp://ftp.apple.com/dts/mac/sys.soft/imaging/laserwriter-8-2-fax.hqx

QuickDraw GX -- In preparing the three part series about QuickDraw GX (starting in TidBITS-243), I found the Peirce Guide to QuickDraw GX Printing quite helpful. Michael Peirce has converted the document into a DocMaker document, and you can now retrieve it via FTP. [TJE}

ftp://mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/info-mac/info/sft/pierce-gx-guide.hqx

Pythaeus writes, "One of our System Engineers just got back from Apple training and said Apple was showing a Mac that I've come to call the MacGinsu. It's a Mac with a 66 MHz PowerPC 601 and a 66 MHz 486 on the motherboard with video in and out for under $2,000."

[What's great about this report is how it compares to one of my 1991 April Fools articles (see TidBITS-52). Compare this sentence: "Hybrid/3 includes a 16 MHz 68030 CPU (and its associated math coprocessor) from Motorola and a 33 MHz 80386 from Intel, along with a custom controller that allows either one to be used independently (one at a time)." Ah, the vagaries of fiction. -Adam]

The Macintosh Client/Server Database Development Summary, Revision 1.1, by Liam Breck, has just been released. It summarizes client-builder tools, data access layers, and database servers applicable to Macintosh (and cross-platform) client/server database development. The summary includes explanations of the three categories and describes over 25 products. It is purely informational and contains no propaganda, as the author is a neutral party. To receive the document by email, request a copy from the author at <breck@external.umass.edu>. [LB]

Workgroup Server 95 owners have a little longer to obtain a performance-enhancing software upgrade. Last January, Apple introduced AppleShare Pro server software version 1.1 and A/UX 3.1. The new software can provide up to 40 percent better performance when used with high performance hard disks. Those who purchased an AWS 95 before 01-Dec-93 may order an upgrade for both programs for $199; owners of AWS 95 systems who purchased them on or after 01-Dec-93 but who have earlier versions of the software are entitled to a free upgrade. The upgrade offer has been extended until 02-Jan-95. [MHA]

Apple -- 800/769-2775 ext. 7822 --408/862-3385.