Web Back In Action!
Our resident Icon Master, reviewer, and all-around great guy Adam Karneboge has resurrected the My Mac WWW site! And he has done a great job! For those of you with a good Web browser, we offer the full, graphic heavy web page. For those only looking to read something, we also offer a Text Only web page. Hey, in this day and age of low bandwidth, we try to do our part:-)
So be sure to check out the new My Mac Web page at http://www.webcom.com/mymac, and while you’re there, take a look at Adam’s web page, The Desktop, at http://www.webcom.com/mymac/ak. (T)
Starting with this issue, My Mac has a new cover logo. Do you like it? Russ and I worked quite awhile creating it, and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!
We wanted My Mac to have a permanent logo each month, and this is the design we have settled on. So, what do you think? (T)
Ram Doubler 2.0
Soon at a store near you, Mac users’ favorite system extension undergoes a major release! This newest version of Connectix’s best selling memory enhancer can actually TRIPLE your Mac’s memory without any loss of speed or performance! What’s really a nice feature will be a new control panel for Ram Doubler. Using a slider, users can select the amount of RAM they want, up to triple installed memory! This latest version will only work if you have 8Mb of real RAM, however. (Time to upgrade to 8Mb, people!)
The downside? This is a full version upgrade, meaning it won’t be free to previous Ram Doubler owners. Price should be around $60, according to Macweek. But licensed users of 1.x will have a $25 rebate offer! Hey, I don’t know about you, but I’m buyin’ this puppy! (T)
Yeah, yeah, I know. I promised a review of Lucas Art’s “Full Throttle” months ago, and still haven’t done it. The reason? Two words: I suck! Yup, that’s right! I have tried and tried to get good at this game, and could not get past the second level. Some people are just good at games, some are not:-(
I will say this, though. The game is VERY neat! You are a futuristic Harley rider-like guy, and your gang is getting set up. It’s your job to save them, but first you have to fix your bike, battle other bikers, and so on. It is well worth the asking price! If you are into games, and are better than I am (not too far a stretch, that!) I would suggest you buy this game. Animation is very well done, game play is first rate, and I know you will enjoy it. But, as I said, “I Suck”, so I would not feel right to review this game. (T)
Macs At Work
We’ve decided to premiere a new column within My Mac entitled, “Macs at Work”. This month you’ll find we are focusing on some of the uses of the Mac in the United Kingdom. We are looking for stories of people using Macs at work throughout the world so that we all can get a better understanding of how the Mac fits into everyday use, sometimes without our even being aware of it. If you use a Mac at work, drop us a line and let us know exactly what you do and how the Mac fits in. (R)
Without meaning to, it would appear I have stirred up a bee’s nest with all the talk of the Oscar The Grouch extension. This is not available anywhere, save from users who already have it and will agree to send you a copy. America Online does not have it posted anywhere either, as both the author and copyright holders of Sesame Street have agreed not to post or support it. AOL, FTP sites, and BBS’s can get into big trouble if caught with this extension.
Sorry if I made life rough on anyone trying to locate this software. That was never my intent. (T)
I’m not sure how many people know about this case, but I still wanted to share this with you all. Greg is an avid Mac user, and has even worked for Apple. Tragically, several months ago he was attacked and severely beaten. I would ask those on the Web to point your browsers at http://www.spies.com/greg/Attack/intro.html to read all about it. I have been following this ever since TidBits ran the story many months ago. Yes, the web is a fun place and all, but read this to see the power the Internet really has, and what the support from the online community can do. (T)
For those of you out there wondering how much RAM prices have dropped and what the going price is this week, check out the following web site: http://home1.gte.net/mongo1/ramtracker.html
While it might not list every vendor available, it will give you a good indication of current prices, some vendors and their telephone numbers, and a starting point at which to begin dealing with some of the other vendors. While pricing RAM this past week, and when given a quote, if it was on the high side, I would politely thank the sales person but advise them that I could do better. Every single vendor that I said that to was willing to work with me and try and meet the price quoted, or at least get near it. Quite a change from several months ago when they didn’t care about competition at all. (R)
The new Power Computing 225MHz machine will have the new 604e processor. Who makes this chip? IBM’s Microelectronics Division. You may remember that it is IBM’s Microelectronics Division that also has a MacOS license. So perhaps IBM will also sell this chip to an as yet unknown computer manufacturer, who could then acquire a MacOS license from IBM. Let’s hope Gateway or Compaq is paying attention to who is making the fastest desktop computers in the world, and which OS is operating on it! (T)
I recently got a letter that went something like this:
“Hey, I love your magazine! I have read every issue, and want to subscribe. I read everything on my computer now, and can proudly say I have not touched a book in over a year!”
Perhaps some people would think this a compliment, as it was meant to be. I see it as something else. A warning, perhaps, that people are becoming too “plugged in”. Yes, the Macintosh is a great computer, and the Internet and online services are full of useful, fun things. But these little boxes are not, nor were they ever meant to be, a replacement for a book. I wrote the above reader a long letter, expressing my distress that he had not “touched a book in over a year.” And still his letter is nagging at me for I believe nothing, not the the Macintosh, not the Internet, not even television should ever REPLACE books. If they did, what a sorry world we would live in. There is nothing like a good book. I have never read anything online that has so moved me like a great novel. No movie, TV show, or song. While I am glad that the digital age may help with better grammar and reading comprehension, I hope that it also fosters a desire to seek out other forms of education and entertainment. A good book is still a cheap, readily available entertainment source. I would hope everyone reading this who hasn’t read a book in awhile finds and reads one today. (T)
As My Mac went to press this month, Apple had just released QuickTime 2.5. From all the early indications I have received from readers, this is a MAJOR step for QuickTime. Animation is smoother. Sound playback is better (so I was told). In fact, this is a must have for every Mac user, IMHO. QT 2.5 can be found on the Internet and online services.