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ATPM 8.06
June 2002



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Welcome to the June issue of About This Particular Macintosh! School is almost over so this is when schools buy computers. That’s right. Schools buy most of their computers when no students are around to use them. Because so much happens with Apples and schools over the summer, we’ve dubbed this our first official summer school issue.

The eMac

Apple Computer is number one in education. The Mac maker continues to outsell all of its rivals in K-12 schools across the country. Apple claims it has real staying power in schools, and the new Apple eMac is a case in point. It comes without a handle and weighs about 50 pounds. In other words, it’s not going anywhere. Once an eMac, the education-only successor to the original Apple CRT iMac, is placed on a table or desk, it’s there for the next few years. It’s sized and weighted kind of like a huge bowling ball without any holes and shaped like a 3/4 moon. Like a bright summer moon, the eMac comes in white.

The Xserve

In other education-related news, Apple has released the Xserve rackmount server. Well, the Xserve is not just for education, but it’s something that will get researchers in higher education stopping by the campus all summer. The performance/power consumption ratio of the Apple G4 makes it the ideal computer for research and cluster computing. The problem is it’s been a challenge to fit multiple Apple mini-towers in a closet or a rack. The new Xserve is conveniently sized for bright minds and interesting work.

One More Great Product

There’s one more thing we know about that’s created for bright minds, and this one’s been put together by people who do interesting work. It’s the latest issue of ATPM. Inside our June issue you will find:

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The Candy Apple: Perspective is the Key(board)

The Candy Apple visits The Continent, to discover that not only are the words different, but so is some of the hardware.

Legacy Corner

Chris Lawson digresses a bit this month to talk about his new friend, Ti Cobb. You guessed it—his PowerBook G4/800. Sounds like a heavy hitter.

On a Clear Day You Can See the Hollywood Sign

It’s not polite to shout “Fire!” in a theater. But Mike Shields doesn’t object to doing so in his Hollywood column.

About This Particular Web Site

This month’s ATPW features links to classic short stories and resources for students of philosophy. We also show you an attempt to blow up Parliament, a society dedicated to human extinction, and, of course, airline food.

Segments: Electricity: What Is It Good For?

Trixie McGuire tells us about her Mac experience—“enjoying” forty hours with two Macs, two kids, and no electricity! Sounds like fun.

Segments: Building the Dream Machine

Have an older Mac and want to use OS X on it? John McWilliams decided to try it out on his dirt-cheap ($180) 9600/200. (Hint: it cost a bit more than $180!)

Profiles in Networking: The Compact Macs

Profiles in Networking says “hello” to the seminal Macintosh models, the compact Macs, focusing on the Mac Plus, SEs, Classics, and Color Classics. For file and print sharing, we see why “classic” doesn’t have to mean “obsolete.” Compact Macs support LocalTalk connections out of the box, but require an external adapter or internal expansion card to become Ethernet-friendly, so we explore the options.

Roll Your Own: Variables and Data

Chuck Ross continues his series on Mac programming. This month he delves into Apple’s free Script Editor and a useful programming tool: variables.

The User Strikes Back: Attack of the Installers

Maybe your favorite computer is misbehaving recently—could be because of some idiot installer. Learn what to do and not to do when installing stuff and find out Ken’s “Four Laws of Installation.”

Desktop Pictures: Giverny

Staffer Ellyn Ritterskamp doesn’t take pictures—she knows to travel with friends who do! On their recent trip to France, her friend Forrest Brown took some great ones at Giverny, Monet’s hangout north of Paris.

Shareware Roundup: Weblog Tools

Brooke Smith continues her compilation of what’s out there, this time honing in on “Tools for Blogging” (in collaboration with James McNally).

Review: AquaGrep 1.0

Eric Blair looks at AquaGrep, a fairly unsuccessful attempt at making the Unix grep utility more accessible to Mac users.

Review: Final Draft

Last month we asked you if you wanted to be the next Fellini. But first, you have to write your screenplay. Perhaps Final Draft can help…for all your creative writing endeavors. Mike Shields gives you his take.

Review: MacLocksmith 2.4.0

Greg Tetrault reviews a program for creating password-encrypted files. As Queen Victoria used to say: “We are not amused.” Neither was Greg.

Review: Memory Pro 1.0

Greg Tetrault checks out a shareware program that is supposed to help you adjust memory allocations of multiple applications. See what he thinks.

Review: QuickEncrypt 3.2

Greg also had time from his busy schedule to evaluate this 2040-bit encryption technology. Was it worth it? Let him tell you.

Review: WebWatch 1.0

Brooke Smith reviews a different type of screensaver. This one is actually useful—and not just a pretty face.


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