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Steve Jobs rumored to announce new hardware: G4 a possibility. August 31, 1999 -- Sources all over the Internet are reporting that Steve Jobs will announce new hardware products at his keynote at the Seybold San Francisco show this morning. Speculation runs from new iMacs to new Power Mac G3 models. However, we at MacWindows believe there is a good possibility that Jobs will announce the first Power Macintosh G4 models, which are rumored to ship this fall.

If you are reading this after about 10 AM PST Tuesday, check the Apple web site for the answer. We'll bring you the cross-platform aspects of the Jobs speech tomorrow.

MacFixIt makes Cross-Platform forum permanent. August 31, 1999 -- MacFixIt has made its special Cross-Platform forum permanent. MacWindows' John Rizzo, originally the visiting guest host of the Forum, is now the moderator of the forum.

An explanation of the NT Explorer/ Mac folder bug. August 31, 1999 -- Rob Newberry of Group Logic, the developer of the ExtremeZ-IP AFP-over-IP software for NT, has sent us an explanation of what is happening with the NT Explorer/ Mac folder bug we reported yesterday. The problem also occurs with ExtremeZ-IP. Newberry believes the bug was introduced with NT Service Pack 4, and that the problem originates in Explorer and not Services for Macintosh or ExtremeZ-IP. We've posted Newberry's report on our NT SP4 page.

Farallon ships cross-platform SkyLINE wireless networking PC Card. August 31, 1999 -- Farallon yesterday began shipping its SkyLINE ($299.00) wireless networking PC Card devices. SkyLINE includes drivers for Apple PowerBooks and Windows 95/98 and NT notebooks. Macs and PCs with Skyline can communicate with each other at 2 MB/sec, or with other IEEE 802.11 devices, including Apple's iBook running the Airport wireless option. SkyLINE-equipped computers can connect to a wired Ethernet network through IEEE 802.11 DSSS compatible access points from a variety of manufacturers.

Netopia releases netOctopus 3.5, cross-platform systems management. August 31, 1999 -- Netopia has released netOctopus 3.5, a systems management administration package which the company says now has a platform-independent architecture. The software enables cross-platform administration of Windows or Mac OS-based systems from either a Windows or Macintosh administration console. netOctopus 3.5 performs inventory and asset management, software distribution and remediation, and system configuration and historical analysis, among other tasks.

Update for MacVision, Mac-like interface for Windows. August 31, 1999 --Yesterday, Jeff Bargmann posted an update to MacVision, a program that makes Windows look and act more like Mac OS. The new version adds an uninstall program, fixes bugs and improves performance. MacVision gives Windows and Apple menu containing a control panel menu, among other Mac-like features. (For more on making Mac and Windows look like each other, see our User Interface Solutions page.) 

Microsoft reports folder bug in NT Services for Macintosh. August 30, 1999 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q240374 reports a bug in Windows NT Services for Macintosh (NT 4.0 Service Packs 1-through-5) when creating a folder on a Macintosh volume using Windows Explorer. The bug:

When you create a new folder in Windows NT Explorer under a Services for Macintosh (SFM) volume, the folder "New Folder" is created, and you are then able to type a name for this folder. However, when you try to rename the folder, the name reverts back to "New Folder" after a few seconds.

Microsoft does not yet have a fix for this problem.

Mochasoft SMB client for Mac withdrawn. August 30, 1999 -- Mochasoft has removed Mocha SMB from its listing of products. Mocha SMB was a $25 shareware SMB client for Macs, similar to Thursby's DAVE for enabling Macs to share files on Windows networks. We first reported Mac SMB on June 14. (Thanks to Darin Duphorne.)

Compaq drops support for Win NT Alpha; Microsoft to follow. August 30, 1999 -- Last week Compaq said it will drop Alpha platform support for Windows NT after the release of Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6, which Microsoft says is scheduled for later this year. Compaq will not support Alpha versions Windows 2000 and BackOffice.

Because of this, Microsoft said it will do no future Releases of Microsoft products for 32-bit or 64-bit Alpha. Microsoft said:

As a result of Compaq's decision, and the strength of Intel's architecture and systems, Microsoft will discontinue development of future 32-bit and 64-bit Alpha products across its existing product line. Our 64-bit versions of our products will be targeted at the Intel IA64 architecture.

Microsoft said it will continue to produce Windows NT service packs and hot fixes for Alpha (SP 6 is to be the final NT 4.0 service pack). However, Microsoft has discontinued development for Windows 2000:

This means there will not be 32-bit Alpha versions of Windows 2000, beginning with Release Candidate 2, nor will there be new 32-bit Alpha releases of SQL Server, Exchange, or other 32-bit Alpha BackOffice products. There will also be no 64-bit version of Windows or BackOffice developed for the Alpha platform.

(Thanks to Tim Mallon for bringing this to our attention.)

New drivers for Apple DOS/PC Compatibility cards to go beta October. August 30, 1999 -- Fraser Valley Distributed Computing Systems has announced another delay in its 32-bit drivers for the discontinued Apple/Reply/Radius DOS and PC Compatibility cards for Macintosh. The cards run Windows on a Mac, but Apple's PC Setup software was never 32-bit compatible. FVDCS says there will be a beta release of the new drivers (called PC Setup 2.0) at the end of October. (FVDCS has previously set a ship date of the end of this summer.

Another fix for Macs crashing when deleting files on NT server. August 30, 1999 -- Matt Snider was having the the problem we've reported of Macs crashing when deleting files on NT Server. A few readers have offered possible solutions, but Snider traced the problem to a SCSI/IDE control card. You can read a description of the problem and Snider's message on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Security hole in NT Server 4.0 SP 4, 5 acknowledged by Microsoft. August 30, 1999 --Techweb reports of an NT security hole in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 that is not corrected in Service Pack 4. The flaw is fixed in Windows 2000, according to Microsoft.

Intel to announce 13 new Pentium III processors. August 30, 1999 -- ZDNet reports that Intel will announce over a dozen new Pentium III processors over the next few months. Some will be geared towards enhancing performance of Windows 2000.

Opening ASIP print queues with Apple Printer Utility. August 30, 1999 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 24978 describes how to open an AppleShare IP Print Server queue using the Apple Printer Utility. You can use it to send PostScript files to the queue.

Team ASA announces new version of MacServerIP. August 27, 1999 -- Team ASA announced that it would demonstrate a new version of MacServerIP at the Seybold Conference in San Francisco next week. (MacServerIP is an AFP-over-TCP/IP file server for Windows NT Server.) New features will include a new user interface, beefed up searching, and easier installation.

Font ID conflict caused Outlook problems. August 27, 1999 -- Joseph Re reports that he has located his problem with an Outlook "not enough resources" error message:

It turns out that there were font files that I had loaded into ATM Deluxe whose ID's were conflicting. Even though none of these fonts were being used by Outlook, Outlook still gave me the error "Can not display items, you do not have enough resources...etc." As soon as I open ATMD and resolved the ID conflicts, the problem went away.

New version of Windows utilities for reading Mac disks. August 27, 1999 -- Logiciels & Services Duhem is about to launch version 5 if its Windows utilities for reading/writing Macintosh disks, MacDisk, MacScuzzy ( a superset of MacDisk), and MacCD (or in French). (Also see our Disk Solutions page for a description.) New features include:

Solutions update: view Mac type, creator codes in Windows NT. August 26, 1999 -- Patrick Peccatte has posted a free Windows NT utility that displays the type and creator codes of Macintosh files using Windows NT Explorer and a right-click. We've added tc.exe to our File Solutions page.

Peccatte also has a French-language page containing useful Win NT-Mac information.

MacFixIt reports of a Timbuktu/Virex conflict. August 26, 1999 -- MacFixIt reports of a bug in Virex 5.9.1 and 6.0 that prevents Timbuktu Pro for Mac from doing a correct installation.

Reader Outlook problem: can't send messages. August 26, 1999 -- Reader Joseph Re wrote to say that he gets periodically gets an error message with Outlook for Mac 8.2.1 when he tries to send a message. It only seems to happen when he creates Personal folders. He has tried some of the things listed on our Exchange/Outlook page (including replacing Outlook's OLE files with Office OLE files), deleting prefs files, to no avail. You can read Re's message here. If you've seen this, please let us know.

Gates "pretty sure" Windows 2000 will ship this year. August 26, 1999 -- PC Week quotes Bill Gates saying that he is "pretty sure" Windows 2000 will ship by the end of this year. (Which means Y2K and W2K will arrive nearly simultaneously...)

Microsoft posts NT Server hotfix for (very) large volumes. August 25, 1999 -- Microsoft has posted a hotfix for NT Server (Service Pack 5) that fixes a problem of file corruption on an NTFS volume with more than 4 million files, or when the Master File Table (MFT) grows larger than 4 GB. Symptoms:

New hotfix for NT Server addresses Outlook client problem with Exchange Server. August 25, 1999 -- Microsoft has posted a hotfix for Windows NT Server that fixes a problem that causes Outlook clients to "hang" when connected to an an Exchange Server.

Microsoft Exchange and Outlook Clients

Another Y2K fix for Windows NT. August 25, 1999 -- Microsoft has posted another Y2K fix for Windows NT Service Pack 5 or earlier. (Service Pack 5 does address some Y2K issues already.)

LinuxPPC posts new installer. August 25, 1999 -- has posted an updated installer for LinuxPPC on Macintosh, which fixes bugs and offers other improvements.

Company to produce IBM "open" PowerPC CHRP motherboard. August 25, 1999 -- MacWEEK reports that a company called Prophet Systems will create a CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) PowerPC-based computer using an IBM design that IBM is giving away for free. CHRP was originally to be the standard for Macintosh clone makers before Apple stopped licensing Mac clones. The new PC will run Linux and BeOS, but it is uncertain if it will run Mac OS.

Keyspan adds a Windows version of its USB-PDA adapter. August 25, 1999 -- Keyspan's USB PDA Adapter ($39) is now available in a Windows version. Formerly Mac-only, the two-ounce adapter plugs into a computer's USB port and provides a DB9 serial port for connection to the Palm organizer, Palm organizers, Windows CE PDAs and Sharp Wizards to a Win98 PC.

Microsoft responds to Chinese Outlook problem. August 23, 1999 -- One of our Microsoft contacts responded to our report Friday of a problem with Outlook for Macintosh receiving messages in Chinese from Windows users:

Outlook for Macintosh does not support Chinese. The current version, 8.2.1, supports four languages: English, Japanese, German, and French. If a user attempts to install Outlook on a Chinese OS, the install will fail. Even if a user attempts to run Chinese on a English OS (either through a language pack or by installing Chinese fonts on the system), Outlook will not be able to display the Chinese characters correctly, because Outlook does not support Chinese code pages.

Outlook 97, 98, and 2000, on the other hand, support Chinese on Windows, and therefore messages with Chinese characters will appear as intended.

We've added this information to our Exchange/Outlook page.

DataViz releases MacLinkPlus 11.001 bug fix for StuffIt 5 files. August 23, 1999 -- DataViz has posted a MacLinkPlus 11.001 upgrade, which fixes a problem when it decompresses StuffIt 5 files on some Macs. DataViz describes the fix:

Fixes a problem when decompressing Stuffit 5 compressed files. The user may receive an error that the (stuffed) file is corrupt or was not downloaded properly. This patch fixes an error that occurs when a user has version 4.5 (or earlier) of Stuffit Expander installed on the system.

New Solutions page: Book suggestions. August 20, 1999 -- Our new Book Suggestions page lists books that might be of use to MacWindows readers.

MS Exchange problem with Mac-PC, Roman-Chinese characters. August 20, 1999 -- A reader with Exchange Server 5.5 w/SP2 is having a problem with Chinese and Roman characters. When he sends a message from a PC with Chinese characters, PC's can receive them, but Macs show other characters. Changing the font to Taipei does not result in readable Chinese email. If you know the answer to this problem, please let us know.

Aladdin offers 20 MB free Internet space for Mac, Win. August 20, 1999 -- Aladdin Systems is offering 20 MB of free storage space over then Internet in a program called FreeDrive. It's a

Apple sues another iMac look-alike. August 20, 1999 -- Apple filed lawsuit against eMachines for the latter company's eOne PC ($799), which is an iMac copy. The suit asks U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, California, seeks to stop eMachines from shipping the eOne, and asks for damages. On July 1, Apple filed a similar lawsuit against Future Power and Daewoo.

Price reduction for USB card/scroller mouse for PCI Macs. August 20, 1999 -- XLR8 cut the price reduction of its USB Performance Package by 21 percent to $79. The Package includes Point&Scroll USB mouse, DualPort USB card and software.

Update to NT Unsolved Mystery: Macs crash when files deleted. August 19, 1999 -- Roger Menge wrote to share a tip and some info on a problem of Macs crashing when trying to delete files on NT Server with "error -110" (on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page). He suggests deleting the Mac's Finder Prefs file in the Preferences folder (in the System folder) and restarting. Menge says this is only a temporary solution. He also said that Service Pack 5 does not fix the problem, as suggested by another reader.

New Tip: Another way to move files between Mac OS and Windows. August 19, 1999 -- Michael Gatto told us of a fast way to move files between a Mac and a PC. He uses a crossover Ethernet cable and file sharing software called HotLine. The Hotline server (US $99.95) runs on one machine, and the Hotline client (free) runs on the other. (Both are available for Mac and PC.) Hotline uses a proprietary cross-platform file transfer protocol.

A side benefit is that the HotLine client lets you access several hundred public HotLine servers that are currently on the Internet. "Unfortunately, Hotline servers are mostly used for porn junk," said Gatto, "but you will find some shareware sites and a lot of MP3 files and other stuff as well."

New Tip: OrangePC card in a Power Mac 4400. August 19, 1999 -- Nabil Khoury reminds us that in order to run an Orange Micro OrangePC card in an all-in-one Power Mac with a PCI slot--such as the 5400--you need to use an external multisync monitor to produce the video. These Macs have a 7-inch PC, so the Orange PC 620 is the only current model that will fit. (Orange PC are Pentium-compatible coprocessor boards for running Windows on Macs.)

Apple Releases Darwin 0.3, open source OS X Server. August 19, 1999 -- Apple has released Darwin 0.3, the latest version of its open source OS version of Mac OS X Server. This is still an early developer release.

IDC study shows companies delaying Win 2000 while adopting Linux. August 19, 1999 -- Results of an International Data Corporation study show that Linux usage went from near zero to 13 percent in two years. The study also shows that most respondents do not plan to implement Windows 2000 in the next year.

New cross-platform medical billing software. August 19, 1999 -- Silvamber Software, has released Silvamber Medical Office Manager, medical billing software for Windows and Macintosh. Designed for those medical practices, clinics and hospitals, the pricing includes licenses, software, training, installation and support.

Microsoft posts Outlook for Mac 8.2.1, a bug fix update. August 18, 1999 -- Yesterday Microsoft posted Outlook Mac 8.2.1, both the entire client for PowerPC and 680x0, and an updater for Outlook 8.2 (PowerPC). Both are free. (There's also German, French, and Japanese versions.) Outlook 8.5.1 has nearly a dozen bug fixes, including:

The ReadMe file has a complete list of fixes.

Solutions update: X-platform email attachment decoder. August 18, 1999 -- We've added Etresoft Decoder 2.0.1 to our Compression Solutions page. Decoder is a utility for Macintosh and Windows that can decode files encoded in Mac, Windows, and UNIX standards, including AppleSingle, BinHex, MacBinary (versions I, II, and III), UUencoded, and MIME formats.

QuickTime file Flattener for Windows converts Mac movies to Windows. August 18, 1999 -- Pierre Duhem has created QT-Flattener (also a French version), a free Windows utility that can combine the resource and data forks of a QuickTime file created on Mac OS, for use on Windows. Duhem says "This utility works on MacBinary files and on pairs of MOV + QTR files (like the ones that the QT Viewer can open on the PC)." This is the first such utility for Windows that we've seen. We've added QT-Flattener to our File Solutions page.

An NT Unsolved mystery with user permissions. August 18, 1999 -- Christine Wong reports of an odd problem with NT Services for Macintosh. It seems her Mac clients need administrative permissions in order to log on. Funny thing, it started with old Macs running 7.6.1, and now it's moved to newer Macs running up to OS 8.5. Wong thinks the problems occurred after a string of power outages. Her report is on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Web page compares Mac emulators for PCs. August 18, 1999 -- Simon Biber has a comparison table of Mac emulators for PCs, including comments on compatibility and speed. (See also the MacWindows Emulation Solutions page for descriptions).

Cross-platform compression: DropStuff 5 for Windows available. August 17, 1999 -- Tomorrow, Aladdin Systems will release DropStuff 5.0 for Windows ($20, free upgrade for owners DropStuff 1.0 for Windows). DropStuff 5.0 for Windows uses the same new compression engine used in DropStuff/StuffIt 5 for Macintosh. The utility can compress both the new .SIT format and the ZIP format most popular with PC users. The new version also adds drag-and-drop compression on a desktop shortcut, and can automatically attach StuffIt-compressed files to new outgoing email messages.

DropStuff 5 for Windows also includes Aladdin Expander 5.0, the freeware decompression utility for opening .SIT and .ZIP archives.

File Solutions update: another Mac-Win font converter. August 17, 1999 -- We've added FontLab's TransType ($49.95) font converter utility to the listings on our File Solutions page (which lists some other Mac and Windows font converters among other tools). FontLab says that TransType retains info for "codepages, encodings, font suitcases, bitmap fonts and other features specific to the Mac or PC platform." the company also says that it "allows users to convert fonts in batch mode (two-way conversion is possible as one operation)."

NetFinder 2.0.1 FTP client now available. August 17, 1999 -- NetFinder 2.0.1 is now out of the beta testing phase, and has been released. NetFinder is a shareware Mac FTP client can work through proxy servers that use the SOCKS protocol, including Microsoft Proxy Server.

Little Be, Inc. reports growth. August 17, 1999 -- Be Inc. yesterday reported revenue growth of 27 percent for the first six months of this year over the first six months of 1998. Be makes the Be OS operating system for Macintosh and Intel PCs.

Citrix posts ICA Client for Macintosh 4.10: lets Macs run NT apps. August 16, 1999 -- Citrix has posted Version 4.10 of its ICA Client for Macintosh. This thin-client upgrades ICA Client 3.0, which was released a few weeks ago (see MacWindows news July 29). The free ICA Client enables Macs to control Windows NT software applications running on servers along with Citrix WinFrame and MetaFrame application sharing software.

Advanced info on upcoming ExtremeZ-IP Alpha. August 16, 1999 -- A reader send this information about the upcoming Alpha chip version of Intergraph's ExtremeZ-IP, an AFP/IP server for Win NT and Mac clients:

The Alpha version contains a new feature that allows SFM and EZIP to both serve the same data and keep the TYPE/CREATOR info in sync. Interesting...kinda like the same ability in MacServerIP.

Also, I have heard from another beta tester that says that the Alpha version will not work at all on Alpha 2100 and 4000 box's... but it works fine on Alpha workstations 1/500.

Solutions Update: Run command for Mac OS. August 16, 1999 -- We've added MacRun, a PC-like Run command for the Apple menu, to our User Interface Solutions page (software that makes a Mac more Windows-like, and Windows more Mac-like).

Helios offers 5-user version of EtherShare UNIX server for Mac. August 16, 1999 --HELIOS Software GmbH is offering a new 5-user version of EtherShare 2.5.1 (US $ 1,490), lowering the entry point for the AppleShare-compatible server for UNIX.

New Tip: Enabling Outlook for Mac to work. August 13, 1999 -- Frequent contributor Richard Birchall sent us a tip on fixing a problem that prevents Outlook for Mac from working. The problem has to do with the fact that Outlook "requires that the Mac be able to resolve the IP address of the Exchange server, by using the host name of the Exchange server. A very common problem occurs when there is not a proper entry for the Exchange server in the company DNS server (or perhaps there is no DNS server at all)." You can read Birchall's solution on our Exchange/Outlook page.

Intergraph releases shipping version of ExtremeZ-IP, APF/IP server for NT. August 13, 1999 -- Intergraph Computer Systems has released a full shipping version of ExtremeZ-IP, an AppleShare (AFP)-over-TCP/IP file server for Windows NT Server and Workstation. (On July 23, we reported that Intergraph has posted a demo version.) Like a similar product, MacServerIP, ExtremeZ-IP replaces NT Services for Macintosh. ExtremeZ-IP for Win NT Workstation is US $299; the NT Server version is US $999 for 10 clients; unlimited NT Server version is US $1399. ExtremeZ-IP is also included with some of Intergraph's NT workstation.

For reader reports, test data, and comparisons of ExtremeZ-IP and MacServerIP, see the our AFP-over-IP servers for Windows NT page.

Novell to integrate AOL instant messaging in NetWare's NDS, GroupWise. August 13, 1999 -- A ZDnet article reports on a Novell/America Online deal that will enable Novell to incorporate AOL's instant messaging in its NetWare Directory Services and GroupWise groupware software. On July 30, we reported that AOL had made an instant messaging deal with Apple. AOL has been blocking Microsoft software from communicating with its instant messaging feature.

Reader compares Win NT on BLPE 1.5 vs. Virtual PC. August 12, 1999 -- Tom Zimmer sent us his comments about running Windows NT on Lismore's Blue Label PowerEmulator 1.5 and on Virtual PC on an iMac. He had these conclusions:

You can read Zimmer's comments on our Blue Label Power Emulator page.

Another reader reports Sherlock/NT problem. August 12, 1999 -- Gil Novaez responded to yesterday's report (below) of a problem where Sherlock finds many instances of a the same item on an NT server. He has seen it too, but has not seen the corrupted volumes problem reported yesterday. Novaez runs Mac OS 8.6 accessing NT Server 4.0 SP5. (We have some other known Sherlock problems listed on our Mac OS 8.5 page.)

Xinet says Xinet and Helios Mac OS servers faster than Apple's. August 12, 1999 -- AFP server maker Xinet has posted benchmark results showing that its FullPress and Helios' EtherShare for Mac OS X Server are both significantly faster than Apple's in certain tasks.

Inventor of Linux speaks at LinuxWorld Expo on the future of Linux. August 12, 1999 -- Yesterday, Linus Torvalds delivered a keynote address at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA, outlining the future of the Linux operating system. He discussed bringing Linux to the desktop and the notebook with support for standard I/O, including USB, PC Cards (PCMCIA), and multimedia. You can view Torvalds' speech via a RealPlayer webcast at Dr. Dobb's Telecast site.

Red Hat stock soars in its IPO. August 12, 1999 -- Red Hat stock nearly tripled on its first day of trading in it's initial public offering (IPO). The stock was offered at $14 a share and closed at just over $52 a share. A ZDNet story has offers some analysis. (Red Hat is the largest distributor of the Linux operating system.)

Lismore is back, and with PowerEmulator 1.5. August 11, 1999 -- After it's web site, ftp site, and email server disappeared from the Internet a week ago without warning, Lismore Software Systems' electronic presence is back. The company has not responded to our questions as to why it has ceased to exist for this long. The web site simply says "This problem now is SOLVED." (We first reported the disappearance of the lismoresoft domain on Aug. 4.)

New at the Lismore site is Blue Label PowerEmulator 1.5, which has been available at Club Mac's Downloadable Software site, as we reported on August 9. Our prediction was correct, in that the price has been raised, form $19.95 to $29.95 -- still a very low price given the complexity of the product. There are also now multiuser and educational prices. Lismore is also offering a free updater from version 1.0 to 1.5.

BLPE is also the only commercial PC emulator to support Linux. (Virtual PC stopped supporting Linux with version 2.1.3, and SoftWindows never ran Linux.)

Curious NT Unsolved mystery: Mac finds thousands of duplicate files on NT. August 11, 1999 -- Joseph Hughes reported this oddity:

I'm having a curious problem -- Server is running NT4 SP 5, some Mac clients, many NT and '98 clients. Came in today, Mac volumes were corrupt. Had to delete them, restart server (which allowed network trash folders to be deleted, etc.) and re-create them. Seemed to work fine. Now, when Mac users search items using Sherlock, the search finds thousands of the same item, until it runs out of memory (the Mac is running 8.5.1).

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

Blue Label Power Emulator and Windows NT. August 11, 1999 -- Steve Mansfield reports that running Windows NT on Lismore's Blue Label PowerEmulator, the NT disk image needs to be on the Mac's startup disk. When the NT disk image is on any other volume, NT yields a blue screen crash. He has not tried the new version 1.5 yet.

NetFinder 2.0.1b4 FTP client improves proxy server. August 11, 1999 -- NetFinder 2.0.1b4 is a bug-fix beta update for the Mac FTP client. NetFinder can work through Proxy Servers that use the SOCKS protocol, including Microsoft Proxy Server. Among the bug fixes is "added code to support problematic SOCKS servers." (Se our proxy report for more on Macs, proxy servers, and SOCKS.)

SGI dumps NT in favor of Linux. August 11, 1999 -- SGI announced that it will return to it's UNIX roots by spinning off its recently created line of NT-based workstations (the Visual Workstation line). It will also begin offering Linux workstations in addition to its traditional IRIX workstations. More information also available in a PC Week story.)

Cross-platform USB interface for camera CompactFlash cards. August 11, 1999 -- Hagiwara is now offering the FlashGate CompactFlash Reader/Writer USB (US $85.00), a USB drive that can read and write CompactFlash cards (type 1) used in digital camera and PDAs. Both Windows and Mac drivers are available and downloadable from Hagiwara's web site.

Late News Update: a Response from Lismore. August 9, 1999 -- This morning, we received this response from Alexander Yalovenko of Lismore Software:

Thank you for being interested in Lismore Software Systems company. I would like to announce that Lismore Software Systems Ltd. is ALIVE and very soon will appear on-line!

MacLinkPlus Deluxe 11 translates MS Office 2000 and AppleWorks 5. August 9, 1999 --DataViz has shipped MacLinkPlus Deluxe 11 (US $99.95, $39.95 upgrade), the Mac-PC file translation utility for Macintosh. The new version adds translators for Microsoft Office for Windows and AppleWorks 5 for Macintosh.

Lismore seems gone for good, but Power Emulator still available. August 9, 1999 -- The Lismore web and ftp sites and e-mail host have not reappeared after we reported they disappearing last week. (See News of August 4th).

However, Al Moore said that the company's Blue Label Power Emulator (BLPE) is still available at Club Mac's Downloadable Software site for US $29.95 (listed under "operating systems"). (We've posted Moore's message about his experience with BLPE on our Blue Label Power Emulator page.)

MacWindows wonders if we'll see BLPE appear again under another name. The product seems good enough to be bought by another company--but not for US$19.95, the price Lismore originally asked. From the beginning, we wondered about Lismore's business model of selling BLPE at such a low price, given the large engineering effort required to create a PC emulator for Macintosh. BLPE was selling at the same price as one-task shareware utilities that were much easier to create. If BLPE is reincarnated, we expect it will cost somewhat more than $20.

Sharing a ADB mouse keyboard with PC via USB. August 9, 1999 -- Bob Andris sent us a description of an unusual Mac-PC keyboard, mouse, and monitor sharing setup. The unusual part is that he is sharing an Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) mouse and keyboard with a PC via some switch boxes and a USB card in the PC. Nearly everything works, except that Windows does not recognize the right mouse button of the Kensington ADB mouse connected through the PC USB card. We suspect a driver issue, but aren't sure which driver to recommend. You can see details of Andris's setup on our Keyboard and Monitor Sharing page.

New version of TextSpresso text editor. August 9, 1999 -- Taylor Design has releases TextSpresso 1.3 (US $29, free upgrade), a Macintosh text cleaning tool that can be used to convert text files between Mac and Windows. New features include support support for the Euro symbol in the Mac-PC filters, live scrolling, and an improved Character Table filter type.

Apple releases Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ) 2.1.4. August 9, 1999 -- Apple has posted Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ) 2.1.4, which is based on Suns' Java 1.1.7. Apple says:

MRJ 2.1.4 makes many improvements over Apple's previous JVM, including greatly increased performance, improved reliability, and support for AppleScript and Sun's JFC/Swing. MRJ 2.1.4 also runs more applications and applets than earlier versions and now includes Apple Applet Runner.

MRJ 2.1.3, released just two weeks agao, added Bronze-level certification by Oracle for running applications built with Oracle Developer 1.6.

MacWindows Special Forum at MacFixIt this month. MacFixIt is hosting a special MacWindows forum at its forum area. MacWindow's John Rizzo will answer questions about cross-platform topics during the month of August. If you know some tricks up your sleeve, stop by and share your knowledge. (You can also listen to an interview with Rizzo on the Computer.Radio radio show.)

Solution to the "Can't save file twice" problem on NT IIS server. August 6, 1999 -- Morten Krogh Andersen found the solution to the "can't save file twice" problem on NT IIS we reported two weeks ago. The fix:

This problem is caused by IIS. It caches file handles for at minute, to increase performance. Notepad and Visual Studio can work around this, but most other editors cannot. The solution is a registry edit, described in Microsoft KB article Q191742.

Since this mystery is now solved, we've moved the item from our Win NT Unsolved Mysteries page to the Server Tips page.

Intergraph ExtremeZ-IP Alpha version goes to beta. August 6, 1999 -- Intergraph has informed us that it has started a beta test cycle for the Alpha version of ExtremeZ-IP, its AppleShare-over-TCP/IP server for Windows NT. If you would like to be a beta tester, send email to Intergraph here.

Macs, NetWare, and RAM usage. August 6, 1999 -- Rick Zeman responded to one point made yesterday by a reader concerning NetWare and server RAM usage. Zeman didn't contest the suggested solution, but took issue with the statement "You must make sure that you have enough RAM... for 3.12 because NetWare uses more RAM when the block size is increased." Zeman replied:

Actually, the opposite is true. The larger the block size, the LESS memory is required. This holds true for NetWare 3/4/5. The reason is that NetWare doesn't have to have as many directory table entries per namespace and each uses a bit of memory. NetWare 4 and 5 (traditional volumes, not NSS), through block sub-allocation, reclaims the wasted space inherent in using a 64k block size.

Cross-platform info at the Moose News. August 6, 1999 -- The Moose News web site provides news and links of cross-platform interest about Linux/Mac/Windows.

3dfx Voodoo 3 coming to the Mac. August 6, 1999 -- A ZDnet story describes 3dfx, Inc's recent announcement yesterday to support the Mac with it's new Voodoo3 graphics/gaming chip, and its products for Mac game developers.

Farallon announces pricing for SkyLINE Wireless PC Card. August 5, 1999 -- Farallon announced the pricing for it's SkyLINE Wireless PC Card: US $299. The card, which will ship later this month, was announced at Macworld Expo without pricing. SkyLINE is a cross-platform 802.11 DSSS wireless card that should be compatible with Apple's Airport when it is released.

Reader reports problems with Mac Outlook 8.2 extension files. August 5, 1999 -- Janluc Gagne reports problems with freezing and file corruptions with Outlook for Mac 8.2, but not when he reverts back to 8.1. He suspects some Microsoft extension files, including "MS Outlook OT Helper (PPC)" and the Microsoft OLE extensions that come with Outlook 8.2 -- the OLE extensions that come with Office 98 work fine for him. Gagne reports that Quark (which also uses OLE extensions) was freezing with the Outlook 8.2 extensions, but not with the Office 98 extensions. His comments are on our MS Exchange/Outlook page.

Suggestion for slow Mac-NetWare 3.12 file transfers. August 5, 1999 -- Responding to a question about slow file transfers from Macs to NetWare 3.12 (News, August 3 below), Ron Browske offers this suggestion:

When I was working with 3.12 years ago, I always set the "Volume Block Size" at 64KB. File space management is not real efficient but it did increase Mac transfer speeds. You must make sure that you have enough RAM usually only 96-128MB for 3.12 because NetWare uses more RAM when the block size is increased. CPU speeds can also affect transfer speed. I would assume that a server running 3.12 must be 3-5 years old. 1MB per second is probably respectable for a server that old.

Virus software scans Exchange Server for e-mail viruses. August 5, 1999 -- Panda Software's Global Virus Insurance 24h-365d is an NT Server-based virus detector that can scan the Message Transfer Agent within Microsoft Exchange Server, and eliminate e-mail viruses in real-time. It can also scan Public, Personal, and Private Folders.

Lismore emulator web site disappears. August 4, 1999 -- The web site of Lismore Software Systems, Ltd., seems to have gone off-line as of yesterday, with the URL returning a DNS error ("server does not have DNS entry"). Lismore is the maker of the Blue Label Power Emulator (BLPE). We sent an e-mail inquiry to Sergey Bobrov, president of Lismore Software Systems, but the message returned a similar error message (Name server: host not found).

The disappearance of the web site is reminiscent of the long development period of BLPE, when the Lismore web site would temporarily disappear, only to reappear at some later point in a new form.

Using PC monitor profiles with ColorSync on Mac. August 4, 1999 -- If you are using a non-Mac monitor on a Mac, a new Apple Tech Info Library article 60449 describes how to use DOS/Windows monitor profiles to calibrate the monitor using ColorSync. This involves converting ICC monitor profiles to the ColorSync profile type.

Another suggestion for Outlook Mac/PC sharing of calendars and contacts. August 4, 1999 -- Colin Marrow offers another workaround for sharing Contacts and Calendars between Macs running Outlook 95 and PCs running Outlook 2000, with Exchange Server 5.5 SP2. We've posted his solution on our Outlook/Exchange page. However, Marrow admits that the this method may not be particle on a large network, as it requires a de-install and reinstall of Outlook on all PCs.

Novell NetWare 3.12 acting slow. August 3, 1999 -- David Lobell reports of problem with a Novell 3.12 with the AppleTalk NLM loaded. File copies from a Mac are very slower, about 1 MB per minute. This occurs on all of his Power Macintosh models running Mac OS 8.1 and later. If you've seen this problem before, let us know.

AppleShare IP 6.1/Mac OS 8.5: volume size limitation. August 3, 1999 -- Apple notes that AppleShare IP 6.1 server and Mac OS 8.5 won't install on a volume over 21 gigabytes. OS 8.6 fixes the problem.

Motorola to get into Linux. August 3, 1999 -- PC Week reports that next week Motorola will announce that it will supply embedded Linux systems.

Update on AFP/IP for NT: more test results. August 2, 1999 -- We've posted a report by Rob Frank, who tried TeamASA's MacServerIP 6.1 and Intergraph's ExtremeZ-IP, and preferred the latter. His report includes details of his configurations, tests, and results with ExtremeZ-IP, along with a suggestion or two. You can read Frank's report on our AFP-over-IP servers for NT page.

Update: AppleShareIP 6.2 fixes WordPerfect for Win compatibility problem. August 2, 1999 -- Arthur Deptford says that AppleShare IP 6.2 fixed the problem he was having with corruption of WordPerfect for Windows files with Windows clients: "We have just upgraded to AppleShare IP 6.2 and it appears to have solved the WordPerfect for Windows incompatibility completely."

Changing MIME types for QuickTime 4 plugin. August 2, 1999 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 36508 gives step-by-step directions with screen shots on how to set QuickTime 4 plugin to open or not open certain types of files. This needs to be done from a web browser.

Mac OS X Server doesn't support multiple UFS partitions on one drive. August 2, 1999 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 31068 reports Mac OS X Server does not yet support multiple UFS (Unix File System) partitions on a drive, but you can have multiple hard driver that you can format in UFS.

Crackerjack 3.0, print production workflow using PDF for Win and Mac. August 2, 1999 -- Lantana is shipping Crackerjack 3.0 for Macintosh and Windows 95/98/NT, a color print production workflows system that uses PDF. New features include pre-separated output to laser proofs on desktop printers and an option to generate Quark Desktop Color Separations (DCS) files directly from PDF. ($195 until September 30, 1999, $495 retail.)

PeachPit releases Little Network Book: Win and Mac networking for novices. August 2, 1999 -- PeachPit Press has released the Little Network Book for Windows and Macintosh by Lon Poole and John Rizzo. It is aimed at home users and small businesses who may not be able to afford a network server or a network consultant. Although some cross-platform info is provided, it is not the focus of the book. The Little Network Book can show you how networking works on the "other" platform, whichever that happens to be.


New Tips: Enabling Mac-Windows sharing of Outlook calendars. July 30, 1999 -- Byrne Lovell offers two suggestions for having Mac Outlook 8.2 access Windows 95/98 calendar data, which he says he got from a telephone call to Microsoft. You'll find these tips on our Exchange/Outlook page.

New report: MacServerIP vs. ExtremeZ-IP both beat NT SFM. July 30, 1999 -- William Campbell sent us a detailed report on his testing of TeamASA's MacServerIP 6.1 and Intergraph's ExtremeZ-IP, with comparisons to NT Services for Macintosh (SFM), which both products are designed to replace. The conclusions of Campbell's report:

You can read Campbell's full report on our AFP-over-IP servers for NT page.

New Tip: Sound problem from I/O card can prevent Virtual PC from booting. July 30, 1999 -- Adrian Walti discovered that Virtual PC is affected by an apparently unrelated problem in the beige Power Macintosh G3. The problem is a loose I/O card, called Personality Card, can cause problems with the Monitors & Sound Control see (Tech Info Library article 24503). Walti discovered that this loose card also prevents Virtual PC from loading with the error message:

internal error -1856. program is terminating

However, Walti says VPC only has this problem in Mac OS 8.5.1, but not OS 8.1. The fix is to reseat the I/O card. We've added this tip to the MacWindows Emulator Tips page.

New Tip: Mac users dialing into NT RAS. July 30, 1999 -- The backslash is a common separator in PCs and used throughout Windows, but there are Mac users who don't know that. For several months, Christian Pendleton unsuccessfully attempted to log onto his company's NT RAS server. Then it occurred to him:

Suddenly I realized what was wrong. I have to log in with the username set to <server domain name>\<user name>. The problem was that it previously never occurred to me to use the backslash (\) as a separator. Now it's no problem even with the RAS server running MS-CHAP.

AOL makes instant messaging deal with Apple while battling Microsoft. July 30, 1999 -- At the same time AOL is blocking Microsoft software from communicating with its instant messaging feature, AOL yesterday made a messaging deal with Apple. The agreement allow apple to "create instant messaging products for Mac users that will allow seamless communication between Mac users and the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service."

WebTerm 1.5, Y2k upgrade for terminal emulation from web browser. July 30, 1999 --White Pine is now shipping WebTerm 1.5 for Windows 95/98/NT and Macintosh, a Y2K compliant upgrade for the software that lets you run terminal emulation sessions from a web browser. WebTerm provides TN3270, TN5250, and VT420 terminal emulation, among other features.(Starts at $229,upgrade prices vary.)

How to move Outlook email messages from Mac to PC. July 29, 1999 -- Several readers responded to the question of how to move received Outlook messages from Mac to PC. The answer is simple: keep your messages in the Inbox. When in the Inbox, you can see the messages from either Mac or PC --even simultaneously. There is no need to move any files.

If you do have your messages in personal folders, you won't be able to access them from another computer. If you want to move messages that are in personal folders, you can read a tip from Bill Reynolds on how to do this on our Exchange/Outlook page. Thanks to everyone who responded.

More Outlook Tips: Attachments. July 29, 1999 -- Bill Reynolds sent us two Outlook tips on moving around Mac attachments on PCs, and forcing Outlook to recognize attachments. These are also on our Exchange/Outlook page.

Correction: ExtremeZ-IP does support multiple NICs. July 29, 1999 -- Yesterday we erroneously reported that Intergraph's ExtremeZ-IP doesn't support multiple network interface cards. In fact, it does. We regret the error, and apologize to Intergraph and our readers.

Citrix ICA Client for Macintosh 3.0 lets more Macs run Windows apps. July 29, 1999 -- Citrix Systems recently posted ICA Client for Macintosh 3.0.1, the latest version of the client software that enables Macs to access the company's NT-based MetaFrame and WinFrame application sharing servers. The client software is free.

Macs running X11 can now access Windows apps via Citrix NT servers. July 29, 1999 -- Yesterday, Citrix Systems announced that it is shipping Citrix UNIX Integration Services ($1,495 per server). The new server software enables enables Macs, Windows, and UNIX clients running an X11 client to access Windows applications running on Citrix MetaFrame for NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, and the WinFrame servers. Macs can already access these application sharing servers via Citrix' ICA Client for Macintosh. X11 (also called X Window) isn't as "thin" as an ICA client, in that it the user's computer does more processing. However, there are lots of X11 display software around, some of it open source.

InfoWave posts updated utility for PowerPrint for Networks. July 29, 1999 -- InfoWave has posted an update to the Infowave Namer utility (download here), which comes on the CD-ROM for PowerPrint for Networks 4.5.9 (software that enables Macs to printer to PC printers). The new version of Infowave Namer fixes a bug that prevented it from displaying more then 10 zones. (View the Readme file here.)

Compaq losses $184 million, will cut up to 8000 jobs. July 29, 1999 -- Yesterday Compaq announced a quarterly loss of $184 million. The world's number -one PC manufacturer said it would cut between 6000 and 8000 jobs, and take restructuring charge along the lines of $700 million to $900 million.

MacServerIP test results with multiple network cards. July 28, 1999 -- Tim Schutt sent us some test results of with MacServerIP on an NT server with three network cards: over 22 MB/sec over all three cards. You can read Schutt's comments on AFP-over-IP servers for Win NT page.

MacaNTee upgrades adds features for Mac-NT domain integration. July 28, 1999 -- Alaran has posted MacaNTee 1.10, the latest updated to its software that integrates Macs into NT domains. The new version fixes bugs and adds over a dozen new features, including:

(Thanks to Michael Perbix for alerting us to this news.)

Another AppleShare IP 6.1 corruption problem: Word files. July 28, 1999 -- Arthur Deptford has added to our list of AppleShare IP/Windows client file corruption problems. With ASIP 6.1 (he hasn't tried 6.2), Word files can't be used or deleted. We've posted his full description of the symptoms on our AppleShare IP Cross-platform issues page.

Be Inc. delivers Be OS 4.5, but still won't run on G3 systems. July 28, 1999 -- Be, Inc., has released the latest version of its OS for PC and Macintosh hardware, Be OS 4.5. The new version adds support of USB and PCMCIA, AppleTalk printing, and support for more video and audio codec standards, among other things. However, BeOS still won't run on Apple G3 systems. Be says this is because Apple won't give Be the technical specs it needs.

Apple pulls article on LPR windows printing. July 28, 1999 -- Apple seems to have removed Tech Info Library article 30921, which provided trouble-shooting tips for LPR (TCP/IP) printing with AppleShare IP 6 Print Server, includes some brief instructions on adding network printers to a Windows NT server. A link from another TIL article to this one is broken, and TIL searches no longer bring it up.

ExtremeZ-IP developer responds to charge of poor memory usage. July 27, 1999 -- Group Logic, the company that developed ExtremeZ-IP from Intergraph, has responded to our report yesterday from a reader who claimed he experienced "poor usage of memory " with "high pages/second" in Windows NT. Rob Newberry, lead engineer for ExtremeZ-IP responds on our AFP-over-IP servers for Win NT page. (ExtremeZ-IP is an AFP-over-IP file server for Windows NT and Mac clients that began shipping last Friday. See yesterday's news for more information.)

AFP-over-IP for NT competition heats up, as new MacServerIP release adds new features. July 27, 1999 -- Meanwhile, there's a new version ExtremeZ-IP's competitor, MacServerIP 6.1. (MacServerIP is marketed by TeamASA, but the new version of AFP-over-IP server for NT is currently available from Cyan, the developer of the software.) According to Cyan, the update (available for Intel and Alpha) does two main things:

Computer Reseller News recommends MacServerIP. July 27, 1999 -- Computer Reseller News posted a review of MacServerIP. Bottom line: CRN recommends it.

ExtremeZ-IP vs. MacServerIP: readers compare SFM alternatives for NT. July 27, 1999 -- Two readers have sent in reports comparing ExtremeZ-IP to MacServerIP. They agree that both products are faster than NT Services for Macintosh. It seems ExtremeZ-IP is easier to use, but MacServerIP has more options. John Mark Owston found ExtremeZ-IP to be slightly faster than MacServerIP, at 11 Mbytes per second on 100BaseT. He also found that Gigabit Ethernet did not significantly speed up file transfers. Thomas Clifford points out that there is an Alpha version of MacServerIP, but not ExtremeZ-IP at this time. You can read both reports on our AFP-over-IP servers for Win NT page.

Dr. Bott's MoniSwitchPC adds Mac Video and ADB for USB PCs. July 27, 1999 -- Dr. Bott's MoniSwitch PC Compatibility kit, which provides Mac standard video and ADB (keyboard & mouse) ports to a USB-capable PC. We've added MoniSwitch PC to our Keyboard and Video Solutions page.

Net Radio show discusses MkLinux. July 27, 1999 -- David Gatwood sent us a notice about a radio show called Interactive Technologies from the University of Michigan. Today, Jaime Magiera, the host of the show, posted a QuickTime version of an interview with Gilbert Coville and David Gatwood about MkLinux (Apple's Linux for Macintosh). An interesting broadcast for those interested in Linux on Mac.

Apple releases Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ), certified by Oracle. July 27, 1999 -- Apple posted Mac OS Runtime for Java (MRJ) 2.1.3, which fixes some memory and applet security bugs. The new release also has a Bronze-level certification by Oracle for running applications built with Oracle Developer 1.6, deployed on Oracle Developer Server, and using Apple Applet Runner.

Microsoft to host Exchange Conference. EXCHANGE CONFERENCE 99 July 27, 1999 --Microsoft will host Exchange Conference 99 October 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

More details on ExtremeZ-IP, AFP/IP server for NT. July 26, 1999 -- Intergraph has provided us more information about ExtremeZ-IP for Windows NT, which it released last Friday. (See news item, July 23 below.) In addition to providing AFP-over-IP file service for Mac clients, ExtremeZ-IP includes a "hot folder" for RIP jobs to speed performance for a large number of RIP tasks.

ExtremeZ-IP is now available by itself or as a bundle with one of Intergraph's MacFriendly NT machines, the InterServe servers and TDZ 2000 ViZual Workstations, available from Intergraph Computer Systems' value-added resellers. By itself, the Windows NT Workstation version is US $299. The Windows NT Server version is US $999 for up to 10 clients, US $1399 for unlimited clients.

Reader's tests with ExtremeZ-IP show quick speed, but inefficient memory usage. July 26, 1999 -- Eric Kammerzelt ran some "quick and dirty" tests on Intergraph's ExtremeZ-IP. He found good performance, but found evidence of inefficient memory usage on the NT server, which might result in slowing of the NT server. You can read Kammerzelt's message on our newly revamped AFP-over-IP servers for Win NT page.

Win 2000 Pro Beta 3 has problem mapping with ASIP drive. July 26, 1999 -- Hanz Makmur reports of a problem with Windows 2000 Professional beta 3 as a client of AppleShare IP 6.2. If he maps a Network Drive using Microsoft Networking in Win 2000 Pro to ASIP 6.1 or 6.2, he can see only the top level folders and nothing after the first level. Without mapping the ASIP volume, he can access the entire volume. He has tried this on two different PCs with the same result. However, the problem does not occur when he tries to Map a Mac volume shared with Thursby's DAVE. If you've noticed this problem, please let us know.

Outlook 8.2 Personal Address book bug. July 26, 1999 -- John Wolf commented on our report of new type and creator codes in the Outlook 8.2 for Mac address book with the report of a bug that can change the type code. When Outlook crashes upon quitting, it can change the "_PAB" type code to "????" which you then have to change back. You can read Wolf's report on our Exchange/Outlook page.

Reader can't save a file twice in a row on SFM. July 26, 1999 -- Erik Wessel reports that under certain circumstances, he can't re-save a file to an NT SFM volume for a minute or so. His message is on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Update for MacVision, Mac-like GUI for Windows: bigger bug fix next month. July 26, 1999 -- Jeff Bargmann has posted an update to MacVision, his Windows front end that adds a replica of the MacOS 8 Finder to Windows. Bargmann says the new version is faster, adds a Mac scrollbar, and fixes some bugs. This version does not fix a bug which "causes MacVision to crash for some Windows 95 users and all WinNT users when the cursor passes over the Control Panels menu item in the Apple Menu." Bargmann promises a fix for this in August.

Intergraph posts demo of AppleShare-over-TCP/IP server for Windows NT. July 23, 1999 -- Intergraph Computer Systems has posted a demo version of ExtremeZ-IP, an AppleShare (AFP)-over-TCP/IP file server for Windows NT Server and Workstation. Like a similar product, MacServerIP, ExtremeZ-IP replaces NT Services for Macintosh. Intergraph claims the ExtremeZ-IP server can deliver files at up to 20/Mb per second. (Intergraph also sells MacFriendly line of Windows NT workstations.) We've added Extreme-IP to our Network Solutions page.

Readers offer tips on moving Outlook messages from Mac to PC. July 23, 1999 -- Several readers have sent in their techniques for moving email messages from Mac to PC. We've posted them on our Exchange/Outlook page.

We've also added some information about type and creator codes for Outlook 8.2 client for Macintosh files.

Farallon explains the difference between its wireless solution and Apple's. July 23, 1999 -- In yesterday's news, we reported that Apple's AirPort and Farallon's SkyLINE are both 802.11 DSSS wireless products, but had different rates of speed. We also asked about compatibility between the two. Farallon's Nicole Martin explained:

Yes, we are in the preliminary stages of testing SkyLINE with Apple's AirPort and it is looking promising as far as compatibility is concerned. As for the data throughput difference, here is the skinny:

Today all vendors with 802.11 DSSS wireless products, including Lucent, are shipping 2 Mbps solutions. The 11 Mbps 802.11 standard has just recently become ratified and new silicon has just come out. The reason Apple's Airport has a range of 150 feet while Farallon's SkyLINE has an indoor range of 300-500 ft is that the higher the data throughput speed, the shorter the operating range.

As 11 Mbps 802.11 silicon becomes available and vendors move towards this standard, Farallon will be right along with them. Do note that 802.11 11 Mbps solutions will be backwards compatible with the 802.11 2 Mbps solutions shipping today.

32-bit drivers for PC/DOS Compatibility cards delayed. July 23, 1999 -- Fraser Valley Distributing Computing Systems (FVDCS) is pushing back the date for releasing PC Setup 2.0, software that will enable old Apple PC/DOS Compatibility cards to run 32-bit Windows drivers. A few months ago, FVDCS said that a beta would be available by now. The company now says it may not do a beta release, but expects final shipment at the end of the summer.

Lotus Notes Release 5. July 23, 1999 -- After offering several betas, IBM says that Lotus Notes R5 client for Mac OS and Windows will be released in a month or two.

Cross-platform News from Macworld Expo New York

You can view Steve Job's Macworld Expo address via streaming QuickTime 4 for Windows and Mac OS.

Connectix unveils Virtual PC 3.0. July 22, 1999 -- Yesterday, Connectix (Booth 741) demonstrated Virtual PC 3.0 for the first time, and provide some more details. (As we reported on June 25, Connectix first announced the new version by posting a VPC 3.0 FAQ at its web site.) Connectix says the "key feature" in the new version is USB device support. There's also faster disk performance and network access, according to the company, which does not claim speed improvements in the emulation engine. VPC 3.0 also adds two features previously only found in Insignia's SoftWindows: the ability to share a single Internet link between the Mac and Windows environments, and Sound Blaster 16 support. VPC 3.0 apparently does not support Linux (Connectix dropped Linux support in version 2.1.3). VPC 3.0 will ship in late September. Pricing is $179 for Windows 98, $149 for Windows 95, $49 for PC-DOS. The upgrade is free if you bought VPC 2.x between June 19, 1999 and December 31, 1999.

Apple adopts IEEE 802.11 DSSS, X-platform wireless networking with iBook. July 22, 1999 -- Apple teamed with Lucent Technologies to implement an existing high-speed wireless networking technology in its iBook ($1599, shipping in September) consumer notebook, which Steve Jobs announced at his keynote speech yesterday. The standard is IEEE 802.11 DSSS. (Lucent produces the WavLan series for PCs using this standard.) Apple's products for iBook are called AirPort, which can transmit data at an Ethernet-like 11 megabits per second. AirPort is an option for the iBook, consisting of an internal AirPort Card ($99) and the AirPort Base Station ($299), but every iBook comes with a built-in IEEE 802.11 DSSS antenna.

AirPort Base Station contains a 56K modem and a 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port for connecting to a cable modem, DSL modem or local network for Internet access. iBooks -- or IEEE 802.11 PC notebooks -- need to be within 150 feet of the AirPort Base Station. IEEE 802.11-equiped PCs can communicate provided they use DSSS, or Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS), not Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS), an incompatible alternative that is part of the IEEE 802.11 specification. (See Apple's AirPort FAQ.) Third-party IEEE 802.11 DSSS products for Mac -- such as Farallon's new SkyLINE (see news item below) -- should also be compatible with AirPort.

At his keynote address, Steve Jobs combined illustrated three of his themes by walking around with an AirPort-equipped iBook while it smoothly ran a BBC News video broadcast via QuickTime 4 Streaming.

Farallon announces wireless IEEE 802.11 DSSS PC Card for Macs and PCs. July 22, 1999 -- Meanwhile, Farallon (Booth 1637) introduced its own IEEE 802.11 DSSS-compatible product, the SkyLINE Wireless PC Card, with drivers for Windows 95/98/NT notebooks and PowerBooks. Farallon said that computers with SkyLINE cards can connect directly to each other, or can connect to an Ethernet network via an IEEE 802.11 DSSS-compatible access point, such as those from Lucent, Nokia (formerly InTalk), Maxtech, and Zoom. Sources say that although Farallon has not yet tested SkyLINE with Apple's AirPort Base Station, it is expected to be compatible work. However, there are some differences from Apple's AirPort Card: the throughput is smaller (2 Mbps vs. 11 Mbps) and the range is greater (300-500 ft vs. 150 ft for AirPort). Users don't need to restart the computer when a SkyLINE card is inserted.

The SkyLINE Wireless PC Card is expected to ship by the end of August. Farallon has not yet announced pricing.

Microsoft announces Outlook Express 5.0, address X-platform encoding problems. July 22, 1999 -- Microsoft (Booth 618) announced that it would ship Outlook Express 5.0 for Mac in the fall, and that it would be a free download. Among the new features is something called Smart Attachments that seems to address the problem of encoding an attached file in a Mac encoding scheme that Windows software can't decode:

Outlook Express 5.0 now lets users drag and drop attachments and instantly select the appropriate encoding without needing to know complex terminology, so attachments are readable the first time they are opened.

Microsoft also announced a stand-alone Microsoft Word 98 Special Edition for Mac ($99 with $30 rebate until Jan. 31, 2000), to ship on August 26. It will be bundled with clip art, Outlook Express 4.5, and Internet Explorer 4.5. Microsoft also announced an IntelliMouse for Macintosh (see News item below.)

Steve Jobs pushes QuickTime TV network, open source streaming servers. July 22, 1999 -- As his keynote speech, Steve Jobs expanded on Apple's vision of QuickTime as a cross-platform Internet standard by introducing a new concept called "QuickTime TV," or "QTV," and by promoting open source and free QuickTime streaming servers. Jobs said the QuickTime TV delivers the highest-quality live streaming over the Internet for Windows and Mac by combining the free QuickTime 4 players and streaming servers with a standards-based broadcast network and brand-name content. Jobs announced that Apple has partnered with Akamai Technologies to create a QTV delivery network. (See Akamai web site.) Jobs also announced new QTV providers, including ABC News, Disney, ESPN,, VH1, and Virgin Radio. (Other streaming broadcasters include BBC World, Bloomberg TV, FOX News Online, FOX Sports Online, HBO, and The Weather Channel.

Currently, the QuickTime streaming server is free with Mac OS X Server, and the Darwin Streaming Server, which includes source code. Jobs predicted that QT streaming servers would eventually be ported to other platforms. (Apple also posted instructions for downloading QuickTime Streaming Server 1.0.1 Update for Mac OS X Server.)

IBM announces ViaVoice voice recognition for Mac. July 22, 1999 -- Steve announced that IBM is doing a Mac version of ViaVoice, its highly rated continuous speech recognition software. Although a release date was note announced, IBM's Ozzie Osborne (no relation to the rock star) lead a demonstration of dictating words to a Mac, while ViaVoice for Mac turned everything that was said into typed words.

Epson announces multifunction printers for Mac, Windows. July 22, 1999 --Following Cannon's announcement of Mac compatibility with its multifunction printers (see yesterday's news), Epson announced three USB and parallel port multifunction printers for Macintosh and Windows. The StylusScan models are inkjet printers that can also do color scanning and copying. The models will ship in October for $349, $499 and $699.

Microsoft to bring optical IntelliMouse to Mac. July 22, 1999 -- Microsoft announced that it would do a version of its optical USB IntelliMouse Explorer with Mac software. The two buttons are programmable from a Mac.

XLR8 shows 2-button, scroller mouse for USB, PCI Macs. July 22, 1999 -- XLR8 (Booth 1525) demonstrated Point&Scroll ($29.95) USB mouse along with its DualPort USB card for non-USB Macs, which together, along with some software, make up the USB Performance Package ($99, or free with the purchase of a MACh Speed G3 or G3Z, 300 MHz or higher). This enables the Point&Scroll to be used with any PCI Mac.

The scrolling functionality of the Point&Scroll mouse, which has been shipping separately for several months, is more common on PC mice. (The scroller part of many PC USB scrolling mice often doesn't work on Macs.) The scrolling function can be programmed directly rather than using X, Y coordinates, according to XLR8. You can scroll while keeping the curser in another place. Both programmable buttons can automatically engaging Mac OS Contextual menus and key commands and horizontal scrolling. We've added Point&Scroll to our Keyboard Solutions page.

Other news of the day:

FileMaker, Inc. re-releases FileMaker Update 4.1v3 for Win and Mac. July 22, 1999 -- FileMaker, Inc., has re-released FileMaker Pro Update 4.1v3 for Windows and Mac, as well as Update 4.0v3 (for FMP 4.0). The company had pulled the v2 updaters due to "Y2K issues," and had recommended that users back-grade to 4.1v2. (See news item from July 13)

Cross-platform News from Macworld Expo New York

Steve Jobs to deliver keynote. July 21, 1999 -- Today, Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address at Macworld Expo in New York. We will post any cross-platform news from the speech tomorrow.

Miramar to bundle DataViz MacOpener with PC MacLAN for Windows. July 21, 1999 -- Starting later this month, Miramar Systems' PC MACLAN (AppleShare file and printer client/server software for Windows) will get the ability to read/write Mac disks. Miramar will include a copy of DataViz' MacOpener utility with PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98 v7.2.1 and the PC MACLAN for Windows NT v4.1. MacOpener enables Windows users to read, write to, and format Mac formatted disk media, including floppies, Zip and Jaz cartridges, CDs (read), and other removable media.

The PC MacLAN network software enables cross-platform file transfer and printing, and includes Miramar's PC Migrator utility for renaming Macintosh files in a PC-legal manner.

Miramar System is at Booth 772. DataViz is at Booth 1925.

More Macworld Expo News below

Prosoft Engineering releases beta of NetWare 5 AppleShare NLM. July 21, 1999 -- Prosoft Engineering has released a Beta version of NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare, a set of NetWare Loadable Modules (NLMs) that install on the server and provides AppleTalk file and print services over a Novell 5 network. In the past, Novell had offered similar AppleTalk NLMs with earlier versions of NetWare. It has not done so with Network 5, however.

Prosoft also provides an alternative solution for Macs, NetWare Client for Macintosh, which implements NCP over IPX on the client side. Both the beta server NLM and the Mac client can authenticate to Novell Directory Services (NDS).

Prosoft has not announced availability for the AppleShare NLM, but has announced pricing: $495 for one server, $125 for education.

Canon announces Mac-compatible multifunction printer; Infowave to produce Mac drivers for Canon multifunction printers; July 21, 1999 -- In August, Cannon will ship the MultiPASS C635 ($395), the company's first Macintosh-compatible multifunction printer. The C635 is a color inkjet printer with color scanning, color copying, and paper faxing abilities. Infowave, maker of PowerPrint, will do the Macintosh driver software.

Infowave announced yesterday that it would be developing "print solutions" that will enable Macs to print to existing Canon multifunction printers, which also do coping, paper faxing, and scanning.

Apple issues Mac OS X Server Update 1.0-2 for bug fixes. July 21, 1999 -- Apple has posted a minor upgrade, Mac OS X Server Update 1.0-2, which fixes some bugs, including:

Be goes public. July 21, 1999 -- Be, Inc. yesterday offered 6,000,000 shares of its common stock at an initial public offering price of $6.00 per share. The company makes Be OS, an operating system that runs on Mac and PC hardware.

Microsoft posts security hot fix for NT help. July 20, 1999 -- Microsoft has posted a hot fix called WINHLP.EXE (in Intel and Alpha versions), which fixes a security hole in NT:

When a user activates the Windows Help file tool (for example, by pressing the F1 key) this vulnerability may be used to run a program and may cause the Help file tool to stop responding (hang).

The fix is for Systems with NT Service Pack 5 installed. (See Knowledge Base document Q231605 for more info.) Mac clients aren't involved, but we'd thought you want to know.

Can you answer an Outlook question for us? July 20, 1999 -- Several readers have asked if there is an efficient method of transferring recieved Outlook for Mac email messages to Outlook for Windows. If you think you have a good method, please let us know.

Be, Inc. to go public. July 20, 1999 -- A cnet story says that Be, Inc. will be offering public shares of stock this week. The company makes Be OS, an operating system that runs on Mac and PC hardware.

Of interest at Macworld Expo this week:

Tenon to demo iTools 5.0 for Mac OS X Server. July 20, 1999 --Tenon Intersystems announced that it will be demonstrating iTools 5.0 at Macworld Expo this week (booth 1538) in New York, NY. iTools 5.0 is a set of tools that beef up Mac OS X Server's networking capabilities. Tenon says:

Included with iTools is SSL 3.0 to support multiple secure virtual hosts and certificates from authorized CAs, state-of-the-art caching and advanced proxy services that augment the built-in Apache proxy services, a Sherlock-savvy high-performance search engine, and support for WebObjects.

Tenon will also be demonstrating to other new products: WebTen 3.0, an Apache web server for Mac OS; and NetTen 1.4, a Mac version of's Post.Office, a POP/IMAP mail server with SPAM control.

Thursby Systems to demo TSStalk. July 20, 1999 -- Thursby Systems (booth 473) will demostrate the new TSStalk 1.0 AppleShare client for Windows. (See News item July 19 below.)

Vicomsoft to introduce new version Of Internet Gateway and SoftRouter July 20, 1999 -- Vicomsoft (booth 1637) will introduce new versions of its Internet link-sharing software for Macs and Windows, Internet Gateway and SoftRouter Plus Internet.

Prosoft Engineering running contest at show. July 20, 1999 -- A Prosoft Engineering is running a promotion (booth #1937), the basic wear-a-button, win-a-prize contest at Macworld Expo. Prosoft sells the NetWare Client 5.12 for Macintosh, among other things.

  Details of TSStalk and Mac NFS now at Thursby's site. July 19, 1999 -- Thursby Systems has posted details of its new TSStalk ($149 single user) and MacNFS, as reported here last Friday and on June 25. TSStalk is based in the old COPStalk AppleShare Client for Windows. (Unlike Miramar's PC MacLAN, TSStalk is not two-way, as it does not provide an AppleShare file server.) TSStalk also enables Windows PC to print to AppleTalk Postscript printers. Like the last version of COPStalk (before Thursby acquired it), TSStalk can connect to AppleShare IP servers using TCP/IP. You can download a TSStalk manual in .PDF format.

MacNFS is an NFS file sharing client for Macintosh, letting you mount UNIX-resident volumes on the Mac desktop. MacNFS uses Apple's single/double file formats to store and access Mac files on UNIX applications. MacNFS will be available later this fall. Thursby, the maker of DAVE, has also redesigned its web site. (See our Network Solutions page for products similar to these.)

QT4 client access works thru MS Proxy Server. July 19, 1999 -- Sean Gilligan wrote to say that his PC clients can receive QuickTime 4 streaming content from behind Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0. This would indicated that Apple's warnings (See news, July 16 below) are for Mac clients. Gilligan writes:

It works from PC's because the "Winsock Proxy" DLL communicates with the Proxy Server and allows UDP traffic to be forwarded. I believe this is somewhat similar to how SOCKS5 works - except it is transparent to the client software (in this case QuickTime).

Thursby Systems to announce TSStalk: AFP client for Windows based on CopsTalk; Also will acquire MacNFS.
July 16, 1999 -- As we first reported on June 25, Thursby Systems will announce TSStalk, an AFP (AppleShare compatible) file sharing client for Windows 95/98 based on CopsTalk. Two press releases will be released either later today or Monday. Pricing starts at $150 for a single copy, but multi-packs are available.

Thursby also told MacWindows that it will announce "the reacquisition of the MacNFS technology from NetManage."

QuickTime 4 streaming problems with MS Proxy Server 4. July 16, 1999 -- An Apple web page called Firewalls and QuickTime 4 mentions if you use a SOCKS proxy server, that you'll need a SOCKS version 5 server in order to view QuickTime 4 streams from clients. Unfortunately, Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0 is compatible with SOCKS version 4. Also unfortunately, MS Proxy Server 2.0 cannot "chain" to upstream SOCKS servers, as is incorrectly stated in the Glossary of the Proxy Server 2.0 documentation. (For more on Macs and MS Proxy Server, see our Server Tips page.)

MS Virtual Private Networks--no so private? July 16, 1999 -- A PC Week article describes security holes in Microsoft's Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) version 2, used in virtual private network connections.

Minor upgrade for NetFinder improves access to Proxy Server. July 14, 1999 -- There's a new beta version of NetFinder 2.0.1.b1, a SOCKS-compatible shareware FTP Mac client that works with Microsoft Proxy Server. Among the fixes is "tweaked support for SOCKS servers."

Solutions update: Mac OS emulator for Linux. July 14, 1999 -- We've added Mac-on- LinuxPPC to our Operating Systems Solutions page. Mac-on-LinuxPPC a Mac OS emulator for LinuxPC running on a Macintosh. Because it runs on a Mac, it doesn't need to emulate the processor.

Lismore posts version 1.5 of Blue Label PowerEmulator. July 13, 1999 -- Lismore Systems has posted and update to version 1.5 of its Blue Label PowerEmulator. (For background info on this emulator, see our BLPE pages.)

Qualcomm unloads Now Contact and Now Up-to-Date, Eudora Planner. July 13, 1999 -- Yesterday, Qualcomm announced that it was licensing Now Contact/Now Up-to-Date for Macintosh , as well as Eudora Planner (the Window version) to Power On Software. Qualcomm had acquired Now Contact/Now Up-to-Date well over a year ago, and had released a Windows version, but had never release a shipping Macintosh version.

Windows client printing with AppleShare IP Print Server. July 13, 1999 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 31041 describes printing from Windows clients to AppleShare IP 6.0 and latter. Windows 95/98 don't supply the print protocols supported by AppleShare IP (PAP and LPR). The article lists Windows software that supplies one of these protocols.

FileMaker Inc. recommends back-grading to FileMaker Pro 4.1v1. July 13, 1999 -- FileMaker Inc. has identified some "Y2K issues" with the most recent 4.1v2 update to File Maker Pro for Windows and Mac. FileMaker recommends back-grading:

Until the 4.1v3 updaters become available, FileMaker recommends that Windows customers uninstall FileMaker Pro 4.1v2 and reinstall FileMaker Pro 4.1v1. For Macintosh customers, it is recommended that you reinstall FileMaker Pro 4.1v1.

Emulators on Mac OS X Server: SoftWindows runs, Virtual PC doesn't yet. July 12, 1999 -- Andrew Hendrycks has done some experimenting with running Virtual PC and SoftWindows. With Virtual PC, he go an error message saying that this version is "not compatible with Blue Box." SoftWindows, however, not only ran, but it seemed faster than under straight Mac OS:

I tried running MacOS X then booting into MacOS and launching VPC. In case you have not seen yet through testing, Virtual PC comes up with an interesting error. It specifically states that this version is "not compatible with Blue Box."

Hmmmm. I have already been notified that myself and most of Apple will be receiving Connectix's version of VPC for OS X. This eliminates almost all of the speed loss of emulation. It is exactly like running X Windows on Unix or NT in a Shell.

Again with OS X Server and SoftWindows 95 v5. It actually runs! There are a few quirks like some drawing problems in the display (not a big deal) and you lose the ability to use your CD ROM. However, unless my mind is playing tricks it runs noticeably faster. I brought one of our Directors over and he was quite surprised at the difference. The logic would have stated that "emulating" the MacOS and then emulating a second time for Windows would have made Windows pathetically slow. Add to that reports that the MacOS runs slower under OS X and things seem a bit confusing.

MacBochs, shareware PC emulator, gets new look and feel. July 12, 1999 -- The shareware x86 PC emulator MacBochs has been updated to version 990708. The new version features interface improvements such as the ability to run the emulated PC in a Mac window, as well as in full-screen mode. There is now a Mac menubar (in addition to the old key commands), and better Windows mouse support that fixes some problems with single and double clicking. The emulator does not yet support CD-ROMs, Ethernet or sound.

Quark posts Word filters for Mac and Windows. July 12, 1999 -- Quark has posted import and export filters than enable XPress to open or save Mac and Windows files in Word 6, 7, and 8 (95, 97, and 98) for. The filters are available for Mac and Windows.

Apple posts Mac Runtime for Java 2.2 Prerelease. July 12, 1999 -- Apple has posted a prerelease version of Macintosh Runtime for Java 2.2. Of the beta software, Apple says "Use at your own risk!" Emulator, Inc. to ship new fast Mac emulator for PC, as well as new version of Gemulator. July 9, 1999 -- At Macworld Expo in New York starting July 21, Emulators Inc., will introduce a new Macintosh emulator for PCs, Gemulator SoftMac, which will ship August 2. Unlike Emulator Inc.'s other Gemulator products, Gemulator SoftMac uses Macintosh ROM image files to boot the Mac OS, as do competing products (see the MacWindows Emulator Solutions page). The company says "This is the world's fastest Macintosh emulator for Windows, running Mac OS 8 many times faster than similar emulators using a true 32-bit DirectX based emulator. Fusion PC users can upgrade to Gemulator SoftMac for only $79."

Emulator, Inc. will also ship the latest version of it's current Mac emulator, Gemulator Pro 6.1 (starting at $199.95), which uses a ROM card to hold actual Mac ROMs. The new version adds support for Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows 2000.

Both products emulate a 680x0 processor. So far, no one has shipped a PowerPC emulator, though several companies (including Emulator, Inc.) have claimed to be working on one.

Orange Micro update adds USB support, PCI expansion; updates BIOS. July 9, 1999 -- Orange Micro posted OrangePCi 3.3.1, the latest software update for its OrangePC Pentium boards for Macintosh. The upgrade adds support for USB printers and floppy disks and support for PCI expansion chassis. It also updates BIOS and Video BIOS on some models, and fixes some bugs.

Free Virtual Private Network client for Macs, Windows, Unix. July 8, 1999 -- MIT has added a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client to it's free PGP 6.5.1 encryption software for Mac, Windows, and Unix. The VPN client is called PGNnet. Network Associates offers a commercial version of PGP, but it's product pages were off-line when we checked.

QuickTime Streaming Server 1.0.1 boosts performance, supports Linux/Intel. July 8, 1999 -- Apple posted QuickTime Streaming Server 1.0.1 for Mac OS X Server, and for the first time, Linux on Intel-based PCs. (The latter is called the Apple Open Source Streaming Server.) Both are free. According to Apple, the new version doubles performance, and is now also available in French, German, and Japanese versions. The server can send on-demand QuickTime to the 8 million Windows and Mac QuickTime clients which Apple says have been downloaded.

Mk Linux 1.0 Distribution released. July 8, 1999 -- Apple's MkLinux team has posted a preliminary version of the MkLinux-1.0 pre-Release, a new version of this Linux release for Macintosh hardware. The group warns of slow response times from the ftp site, though we did not experience a problem. The web site has also upgraded recently.

AppleScript causes Mac clients to hang with NT Server. July 7, 1999 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q231274 discusses a condition in which Macintosh client can hang when you search for files on the server. A previous solution to this problem is to turn off CatSearch with a registry edit (described on our Server Tips page). However, this Knowledge Base article says that the problem can occur even with CatSearch turned off when an AppleScript on the Mac requests a CatSearch. Microsoft recommends removing an AppleScript that does this.

Microsoft offering fix for NT 4 SFM AppleTalk bug via telephone tech support. July 7, 1999 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q232298 describes a fix to the file SFMATALK.SYS. The bug, called "STOP 0x0000000A in SFMAtalk Because of Invalid Frame," can cause a blue screen with at STOP 0x0000000A if Services for Mac is installed on NT Server 4. This bug, which was not fixed with Service Pack 5, is not posted, and is only available by calling Microsoft technical support. (The fixed Sfmatalk.sys file is dated 05/10/99.)

This problem is different than a SFMATALK bug fixed with Service Pack 4 which also sometimes caused a STOP 0x0000000A. The bug fixed with SP5 occurred when copying files.

Microsoft posts hotfixes for NT Service Pack 5 bugs. July 7, 1999 -- Microsoft recently posted a couple of hotfixes for NT Service Pack 5 that fix problems that can cause crashes or hangs. Microsoft describes a hotfix for CSRSS, (Client Server Runtime Subsystem) like this:

On a computer running Windows NT, a denial of service condition exists if a malicious process is run locally or if an improperly written service is installed. If more than the maximum number (16 by default) of processes that require user input are started without receiving the corresponding input, the server may stop responding (hang). This vulnerability affects Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS), which is otherwise known as the Win32 subsystem.

Another hotfix called LSA3-fix (Local Security Authority) " fixes a bug that can cause a crash do to a security problem: "A specially malformed request to the Microsoft Local Security Authority (LSA) service may be used to exploit a security vulnerability on a Windows NT-based computer."

Mac problem with HP DeskJet 810C printer via USB. July 7, 1999 -- Apple reported a problem with Macs and an HP USB printer: "Your Macintosh will freeze if you disconnect the USB cable to or power off your HP DeskJet 810C while printing to it."

Mac OS X Server changing file names. July 7, 1999 -- Apple reports that you can't directly change the capitalization of file names on HFS Plus volumes on Mac OS X Servers. (UFS volumes are okay.) The workaround is to first change the file name to something different as an intermediate measure

Microsoft readies Neptune: NT for the masses. July 6, 1999 -- ZDNet reports that Microsoft is reading the first internal versions of a NT-based Windows for the consumer, code-named "Neptune," for shipping in April 2001. According the ZDNet story, the OS will sport a new "Web-like" interface, and a self-repairing technology called "WinTone," which has a slogan "It just works."

Lasso posts ODBC update. July 6, 1999 -- Blue World has released Revision 1 to it's ODBC Data Source Module for its Lasso Web Data engine for FileMaker and ODBC databases. The update fixes some SQL problems with the Mac and Windows versions.

Compression Solutions update: MacTar handles Unix format. July 6, 1999 -- We've added MacTar to the list of utilities on our Compression Solutions page. MacTar (from is Mac software that compresses and decompresses files in "tar" (tape archive) format used on Unix. It works with both tape and floppies.

REALbasic for Mac now available in Europe. July 6, 1999 -- Nova Group International will distribute REAL Software's REALbasic 2 ($99.95 Standard Edition, $299.95 Professional Edition) in Europe. REALbasic 2 Professional includes a compiler that lets you create Windows 95/98/NT applications from the same source code as Mac apps. It also includes an ODBC database engine.

Macintosh Windows Integration now available. July 2, 1999 -- Morgan Kaufman Press today released Macintosh Windows Integration: Integrating your Macintosh with Windows 95/98 and Windows NT Environments, by John Rizzo.

Apple sues PC makers for copying iMac design. July 2, 1999 -- Yesterday Apple filed suit against Future Power and its parent company, Daewoo Telecom, PC manufacturers that Apple says illegally copied the "industrial design" of the iMac. The suit, filed in U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, CA, seeks to stop Future Power from shipping its E-Power ($799), an Intel-based PC running Windows 98 that is slated to ship in September. The suit also asks for actual and punitive damages. An Apple spokesperson would not comment with regards to our inquiry.

TIFF FAX codecs not supported in QuickTime 4 for Mac and Windows. July 2, 1999 -- Apple TIL article 24944 describes the TIFF compression formats (codecs) supported by QuickTime 4. Not supported: Group 3 Fax and Group 4 Fax. Supported: PackBits, LZW, CCITT 1D, and no compression.  

MacImage lets you create Mac CD-ROMs on PCs via a virtual Mac volume. July 1, 1999 -- MacImage from Logiciels & Services Duhem is a new Windows utility to enable you to create hybrid (HFS/ISO) or pure HFS Macintosh CD-ROM from a PC. (There's also a French-language MacImage web page.)

MacImage borrows a long-used technique from emulators and coprocessor cards by creating a virtual Mac HFS partition in a PC file. (Emulators and coprocessors use virtual FAT drives in a Mac file.) The MacImage utility lets you move files between the virtual Mac partition and Windows directories. When you have all the files you need, you can copy the HFS partition onto the ISO partition or burn it as a pure HFS CD-ROM. (L & SD has posted a MacImage tutorial in English and in French.)

The developer says that it will be adding all of MacImage's features to it's higher-end MacScuzzy, a Windows utility that enables PCs to read Mac drive (which has been listed on our Disk Solutions listings.) We've added MacImage to these listings.

Reader finds strange Quark/NT SFM "Y2.018k" bug. July 1, 1999 -- Ingo Jonsson was looking for Y2K problems with his NT Service Pack 4 server, when he found a Y2K-like problem with Services for Mac and Quark Xpress:

If you put the Date of the NT-Server on 2018 and later, it is not possible to load Quark 3.32 and 4.0.x files in which images (eps,tif) are introduced.

We've recommended that Jonsson try Service Pack 5, but the problem could also be with Quark. We've posted Jonnson's message on the MacWindows NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

File Integration Solution update: Media Cleaner Pro 4. July 1, 1999 -- We've added Terran Interactive's Media Cleaner Pro 4 ($499) to our list of File Integration Solutions. Media Cleaner Pro 4 is a video and multimedia compression utility for Mac OS and Windows 95/98/NT that can compress and convert (without loss) between a large number of Mac and Windows formats. Media Cleaner Pro 4 can output QuickTime, Windows Media (ASF), MPEG-1 (optional upgrades to MPEG-2), RealG2, AVI, DV, still images, audio-only formats, among others. Version 4 also supports optional upgrades to MPEG-2. It can also batch process up to 2000 files.

Beta of PC Setup for PC Compatibility cards set for July 23. July 1, 1999 -- Fraser Valley Distributed Computing Systems (FVDCS) expects to ship a beta of it's third-party PC Setup 2.0 on July 23, according to the company. PC Setup is the software for the discontinued Apple/Reply/Radius 486 and Pentium coprocessor cards based on the DOS and PC Compatibility Cards for Mac. Apple's versions of the PC Setup don't support Windows 32 drivers, but PC Setup 2.0 will. From a recent post on the MacDOSCard mailing list:

We have however, made excellent progress and have a feasible solution in sight. Staff are programming code right now. We have created a 32 bit VxD and a thunking layer. We are working at integrating the existing Apple assembler code. There are eight modules in the software, six of them are complete. 

AppleShare IP Mail 6.2.1 fixes minor bug. July 1, 1999 -- Apple has posted AppleShare IP Mail 6.2.1, and upgrade that fixes a bug that ignored email messages with a blank From field.

Outlook 8.1 conflict: ObjectSupportLib a pre-OS 8.0 Apple file. July 1, 1999 -- The "ObjectSupportLib" extension file that causes a conflict with Outlook 8.1 is an old Apple file used for managing Apple Events in Mac OS 7.5 through 7.6.1. Unfortunately, by default, the installers for versions of Navigator and Communicator earlier than 4.05 install it by default. You can do a custom install to avoid installing it. (If you already have it on Mac OS 8.0 and later, through it away.) Indiana University Knowledge Base has more detailed info on ObjectSupportLib is in some detail. (Thanks to J. Jordan for sending us this link.)

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