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MailBITS/31-Oct-94

Just a quick note to let people know that the mirror script for the utilities directory on <ftp.tidbits.com> now works properly, so it holds Internet and communication utilities from various parts of the Info-Mac Archive.

ftp://ftp.tidbits.com/pub/tidbits/tisk/util/

Power Mac 8100/110 -- Look for Apple to announce a new, faster Power Mac 8100 next week. The Power Mac 8100/110 uses a 110 MHz PowerPC 601 chip, has a 256K cache, and will ship in a configuration with 16 MB of RAM, a 2 GB hard drive, and 2 MB of VRAM. Apple claims a 30 percent speed increase over the 8100/80, which is not yet being discontinued. You'll be able to order the 8100/110 as of 07-Nov-94, but don't expect availability to be good for a month or so.

The Connectix QuickCam (see TidBITS-235) ships 31-Oct-94, just in time to be a last-minute Halloween treat. The company says the initial batch of finished cameras will go to customers who placed orders with MacConnection during the Macworld Expo in Boston this August, and they hope to have all existing orders filled by the end of November. With luck and careful planning, dealers will have them on the shelves for the holidays. [MHA]

Connectix -- 800/950-5880 -- 415/571-5100 -- 415/571-5195 (fax) --<sales@connectix.com>

Gavin Eadie <gavin@umich.edu> writes:

There has been an increasing amount of interest expressed in the Apple Open Collaboration Environment (AOCE) in various newsgroups recently. I've decided to sponsor a mailing list that covers these topics.

The list's purpose is to provide a forum for discussion for PowerTalk users, PowerShare administrators, and software developers within which they can share advice, problems, and so on with each other and with Apple. Topics include Apple products that form the core of AOCE, including the system software components and PowerTalk and PowerShare, third-party "mail-enabled" applications, specific third-party applications like PowerRules that are dedicated to AOCE usage, AOCE programming, gateways (P/CSAMs), and AppleScripts.

I have a commitment from Apple and StarNine to monitor the list (there are already several subscribers from both these companies on the list) as well as people from other companies and users and administrators from around the world.

If you want to request membership send email to <aoce-list-request@umich.edu>, and if you want to send a message to everyone on the list use <aoce-list@umich.edu>.

Karl Bunker <karlbunker@aol.com>, the author of the freeware After Dark module "Barney Blaster" last week released Barney Blaster 2.0, an updated version of one of the most popular After Dark modules featuring everyone's favorite purple dinosaur. Barney Blaster 2.0 is still free; it is available on the major commercial online services, and is on the Internet at:

ftp://mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/info-mac/gui/ad/barney-blaster-201-ad.hqx

PlainTalk Easter Egg -- Marcus Stewart <stewart-cic-is@redstone-emh2.army.mil> passes on an Easter Egg that we hadn't heard about yet. Apparently, if, using PlainTalk 1.3, you ask, "Computer, are there any Easter Eggs?" it will respond with "If there were any do you think I would tell you?" Nice to have computers that are up front about all this. [ACE]