FinderPop MACADDICT disks).
by Scott Randell FinderPop extends the Contextual Menu power
of Mac OS 8.x in many ways. For instance:
I don’t know about you, but I | Click and hold, eliminating the need for the
don’t ﬁnd the Spring Loaded Folders in Mac OS Control key.
8.1 particularly helpful in navigating through | Process, a menu item, tells you every program
Volumes and Folders, and I had a hard time that is running.
controlling the pop-up timing until I found | Contents (my favorite), gives you a menu of the
FinderPop, a control panel recently recommended contents of any Folder or Volume you control-click
in MACADDICT (you’ll ﬁnd it on quite a few of the (or click and hold). You can then (Continued P.3 top)
2 President’s Message
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White):
Compatibility issues overview.
LIMac is always looking for great presentations The new Power Mac G3s, ofﬁcially called
for our general meetings – something different, “Power Mac G3 (Blue and White),” represent a
Bill Medlow interesting and timely. Now we see many signiﬁcant leap forward for Apple. Overall, the
President people purchasing iMacs and other computers machines look great to me, and I hope to get
ArchBill@aol.com spurred by the Internet. Although we have our one soon. But for all of their cool features
own regular Internet SIG (Special Interest (including FireWire, USB, a 400MHz G3, ATI
Group), we wanted to reach out to the general Rage 128, and newly designed case), there are
community and provide some information on some signiﬁcant potential roadblocks to a
the Internet, and at the same time, tell them smooth upgrade from older Power Macs. For
who we are and how we can be of assistance example, legacy SCSI devices, external modems,
to them. and memory upgrades all have problems with
TIP! Based on this, LIMac, in addition to our the new G3s at the moment. Many of the prob-
Ripped edges from
regular general meeting on Friday, March 12th, lems are shared by the iMac, but they are more
will have a special meeting on Friday, March serious for the power users that are the market
scans in Photoshop:
A tried and true 19th, at which we will present an Internet for the G3s. Most of the problems will be STUFF!
method to get the torn how-to at the Borders bookstore from 7:30 to solved simply by the passage of time, as the
paper look is simply 9:30 P.M. Borders is adjacent to the Fortunoff needed peripherals and adapters become
scanning the actual Source Mall in Westbury on Old Country available. For now, let’s see where we are.
edges of torn paper. Road. The new G3s: what’s not there
That sounds terribly With a live feed from the Internet Amid all the hoopla of what they do have, it’s
old fashioned doesn’t connected to the demonstration computers also worth noting what the new G3s don’t
it? But by ripping your
for this presentation, we will discuss the World have: similar to the iMac, these new machines
own paper, you can
control and get what
Wide Web, including some search tips and do not have a ﬂoppy drive, do not have an SCSI New free e-zine from
you want. tactics; views of popular search engines port and do not have any traditional serial a LIMac member.
Any paper printed including Sherlock; and Internet sites about ports. They do have one ADB port. There is a Frank Feldmann is
with a solid area of such topics as ﬁnance, art, music, literature, location for an internal modem, but the launching his new free
black ink will work history, and more. We may even send an e-mail modem itself does not come included in any of monthly e-zine entitled
well. Use black to Australia or some other equally distant land. the standard conﬁgurations. There are four The Net in a Nutshell
because you can While utilizing our Powerbook G3 and internal drive bays: three for hard drives and which is primarily
then colorize it or use InFocus projection system at the March 19th one for a Zip drive. concerned with
it as a mask. You’ll demonstration, we are also making arrange- The new G3s come with four PCI slots, you Website promotion
ﬁnd that the 15-cent and Internet
ments to show the latest Mac products available can really only use three of them. One of them
black construction marketing.
paper works very
on the Internet. 0 is needed for the graphics card, to which you To subscribe,
well. If you tear attach your monitor. The monitor connector is go to http://
slowly, you can now a standard VGA connector (although the netinanutshell.
actually control the Mac comes with an adapter that allows you to listbot.com/.
resulting edge – more connect older monitors). The ﬁrst issue was
or less ragged – or For still more technical details on these new distributed around
contour around a G3s, check out the new Power Mac G3 devel- January 15. Hereafter,
graphic, etc. If you oper note. Among other things, it points out past issues will be
use a coated paper, that these new Macs use the same NewWorld archived at http://
printed black (ie, www.listbot.com/
ROM-in-RAM approach started with the iMac.
magazines) you may archive/netinanut-
even get that very shell.
thin and delicate As just stated, the new G3s do not have a SCSI Good luck, Frank.
white edge of the port. This presents a problem for users with
actual paper. Back legacy external SCSI devices that they currently
that up with black for use: can they somehow still be used with the
scanning, and presto, new Macs? The answer is yes, but you will need
instant male and an adapter card or cable to do so.(Go to Page 3)
female paper edges.
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navigate to whatever File or Folder (Application, | You can also select the font and its size for the I have not as yet explored all its features but version) can be found on recent MACADDICt CDs or
etc.) you are currently highlighting. (This is much FinderPop submenus, as well as generic or custom the Contents feature alone makes navigating pay a visit its creator’s (Turlough O’Connor) URL at
easier than using Spring Loaded Folders. ) icons and their sizes The choices of preferences in Volumes and Folders much easier. The best part of http://www.ﬁnderpop.com where you can down-
| Add Aliases of any Application, Folder or File to the tabbed Control Panel is a little on the overkill all is that FinderPop is freeware. That’s right, load the newest version with all of his changes
the FinderPop Items folder, and you can instantly side, but as you use FinderPop, you’ll see why FinderPop costs you nothing. So if you are ﬁnding right there to read about as well as sign up for
gain access to them no matter where you click. O’Conner included them. it difficult navigating with Spring Loaded Folders, future upgrade notices from him. 0
| There are many other features including Make | And, all of your other specialized Contextual drop a copy of FinderPop in your System Folder
Alias and Move To Trash, active programs, access Menu items are included in the pop-up menu and make working on your Mac even easier and
to you Mac’s viewing alternatives, Get Info, Open panel of FinderPop, either in the panel or as a more fun.
and practically all you’ll ever need to work with. heirarchical submenu. Lots of choices! As I said before, FinderPop (1.7.6 is the current
More Technical Corner
For SCSI devices, I advise against an SCSI- end SCSI card (non-booting) and a $150.00
to-USB adapter, as this will considerably slow higher-end (bootable) card by the end of
MORE down your performance. Instead, get an SCSI January. For the time being, I have my SCSI TECH
Regarding our RAM PCI card (which can be had for around $50- devices connected to my old 7500 and have an
Charger review: $75). However, (as explained below), you may Ethernet/AppleShare connection going – slow Q. What is meant by
“Testing of RAM not be able to startup from your SCSI device, and cumbersome, but effective. The Keyspan the term bandwidth?
Charger with Mac OS even though it otherwise mounts ﬁne. The fol- USB/Serial adapter works ﬂawlessly with my A. The term bandwidth
refers to the amount
8.5, combined with lowing reader comments provide more details: GV Teleport modem, but it does not work with
reports from our users, of data that can ﬂow
A recent issue of the MACINTOSH WEEKLY my Epson Photo 700 printer. I’m pretty sure over a network or,
has revealed that RAM JOURNAL states: “Apple did not – and could the problem is with the Epson drivers not
Charger does not between computers
not – abandon SCSI completely. Too many being “Comm Toolbox savvy” and that the and peripheral devices
operate fully under OS
8.5 or later versions.
people have too many SCSI peripherals that problem is not with the Keyspan adapter. For in a ﬁxed amount of
In practice, most users need to play with any new 1999 Power about $40.00 I picked up the Epson parallel to time. The word has
report they are able to Macintosh G3 systems they buy. Apple is USB adapter and that works just great with my been used more
use RAM Charger and presenting a simple escape – a single-channel Photo 700. It comes with a USB driver on CD- frequently in recent
More About This Mac Ultra Wide SCSI PCI card for $50 as a build-to- ROM which appears to be exactly the same years. as Internet
under OS 8.5 (icon order option. Again, however, it’s more of a driver that is on the Epson FTP site. The Epson users, seeking faster
connections for down-
related problems usu- future thing – it won’t be available for a few adapter is readily available at your local
ally being ﬁxed by a loading ﬁles and
weeks, and even when it is available some CompUSA store (at least mine anyway). Finally viewing Web, pages,
disk ﬁx utility and/or reports say you won’t be able to boot from any I purchased the Asante LocalTalk-to-Ethernet
Desktop rebuild), but have been constantly
devices attached to it. Other companies supply adapter and it works great with my laser printer, on the lookout for
only some users report
SCSI PCI cards that allow bootable devices, but and no software is required to make it work. more bandwidth. It is
success with OS 8.5.1.
“After pouring our they typically cost around twice as much as Anton Rang writes: Users may not be able a measure of capacity,
hearts and souls (not Apple’s not-yet-here option, reportedly made to boot from some SCSI cards. The new not transmission
to mention our wal- by Adaptec. Iomega told NEWSBYTES it will be machines require an Open Firmware SCSI speed. For digital
lets) into this product providing a SCSI-to-FireWire cable to avoid driver (written in Forth) to read the MacOS devices like an
for over seven years, releasing a FireWire version of the Jaz remov- ROM from the boot disk. Most cards don’t external hard drive,
the bandwidth is
we are very reluctant able media drive, another possibility for include this yet because it has never been
to leave it at this. commonly calculated
inexpensive transitions.” required before. Once the MacOS ROM has in bits per second
However, at this time D. Tony Bulik writes: There seems to be a been loaded, the existing MacOS SCSI driver
we are sorry to say (bps); in the case of
deﬁnite incompatibility in SCSI cards. I have a can run…so if you boot from the ATA drive or networking, it is
that we don’t have the
SCSI-based Jaz, Zip and UMAX scanner. I had from CD, you can continue to use your existing measured in megabits
resources to commit
to 8.5 compatibility, the best shot at working (since two of the SCSI card, even though you can’t boot from it per second (mbps).
due to the shrinking peripherals were made by Iomega). Also it’s until the ROM update is available. Apple’s Ethernet, a com-
market for a product only $99.95 and it’s Ultra SCSI. The Jaz Jet Ultra-2 SCSI card does include an Open puter-network system
like this in the ever- card is deﬁnitely not compatible. My G3 freezes Firmware driver, and you can boot from that used widely in offices,
changing Macintosh immediately upon bootup before any card. I’d expect updates for many other cards can support data
speeds of up to 10
community. We con- happy/sad Macs or the splash screen. I tried to be out soon.
tinue to look for a new mbps. FireWire, a
every possible combination of PCI slots and Bob Vayda writes: Using a 68-pin to SCSI-2 newer technology
business strategy or termination combinations. I spoke to Iomega cable, I’ve had a Jaz drive running perfectly…
partnership that will developed by Apple
tech support (who were actually very courteous well…almost. I have to turn on but not insert a Computer, is much
allow us to accommo-
date the changes in
and helpful) and they said I was about the Jaz disk, otherwise the Mac will not boot. faster; it, is supposed
OS 8.5 and future tenth person reporting this problem. They The modem to support data
updates.” predicted a 30-to 60-day wait for resolution, There is no direct way to attach an external speeds of up to 400
Robert Thornton, and recommended that I just return it. As far as modem to the new G3s. Even worse, Apple’s mbps. High band-
President I can tell, the only SCSI card that currently internal modem is not yet available. Several widths are faster than
Cris Mooney, works with the B&Ws is the Adaptec 2940 readers offer their reactions and potential low bandwidths
because they have
Lead Programmer series, but the low-end variation is about work-arounds:
Scott Johnson, more room to move
$300.00. I think this card, or a variation, is what Mark Yoshinaka writes: I should be data.
Sales Coordinator, ships with the 400 MHz SCSI B&Ws. I’m receiving a Keyspan USB-to-Serial Adapter this
Jump Development –J. D. Biersdorfer
hearing that Adaptec will release a $50.00 low- week and when I do, (Go to Page 4)
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I’ll ﬁnd out whether the adapter and/or my US
User Group News
I would like to bring to your attention an
Robotics v.90 Faxmodem works. According to article published in the PHILADELPHIA
the Keyspan Website, the adapter should work INQUIRER (December 27th, 1998) entitled
with all modems. “User Groups Survive despite Internet and
The mouse and keyboard Easier Computing” by Reid Goldsborough.
The new G3s come with the same mouse and Goldsborough points out that “computer user MaxLIMac@aol.com
keyboard that comes with the iMac. People groups are as old as computers themselves but,
used to Apple’s Extended Keyboard and ADB ironically, as computers in recent years have
mouse will probably not ﬁnd this an improve- become more popular and easier to use, user
The FORUM is a User
ment. Happily (unlike the iMac), the new G3s groups have hit hard times. Membership in
Group Academy Award have an ADB port, so you can still use your many groups is down considerably from a peak
winner for 1998: older board and mouse. Also, MacSense has in the late 1980s, and the number of groups has
The FORUM has won its released iCatch. It’s a $10 plastic cover for the decreased. The Internet is responsible because
second award of the mouse that gives it a more traditional shape. you can now obtain information and advice as
year. On January 6, RAM/DIMMs easily as ﬁring up your Web browser.”
1999, at the Regina As stated in an Apple TIL article (#58235), the Goldsborough outlines reasons (provided by
Hotel in San new G3s can use 64 or (for the ﬁrst time) various user group leaders) why many user
Francisco, the 1998 higher density 128MBit DIMMs. groups continue to ﬂourish:
User Group Academy
However, as found in the G3 Developers | Computer user groups help people cut
Awards were hosted at
The Apple User Group
Note: “The DIMM modules used in any through the clutter.
Breakfast, and the previous Power Macintosh or Power . | User groups provide trusted, digested
FORUM won a Special Macintosh G3 computer model are not information.
Judges Citation in the compatible with the Power Macintosh G3 | User group members have a history of
Medium User Group described in this note. The SDRAM DIMM helping each other.
category. Help us modules must be PC-100 compliant, 168-pin, | User groups often involve themselves in
continue the good 3.3-volt, unbuffered, and rated at 125 MHz public-service activities.
work by submitting a (8ns) or faster. Several readers claim that there | Ultimately, computer user groups put a
review, letter, tip or is no current availability of this RAM. human face on all the bits and bytes. “It’s the
article via e-mail to
Miscellaneous other issues humanity that can’t be duplicated in an
Speech recognition. The new G3s do not electronic environment.”
support speech recognition “at this time.”
(TIL article #58201)
The full text of the article can be found at
Apple Studio Display 21. Due to the business/COMP27.htm. 0 SALE!
requirement of on-board USB, the Apple AppleWorks 5
Studio Display 21 can be connected only to Complete
USB based computers. An earlier Power $45.00
Macintosh with a USB card installed is not a Work
supported conﬁguration. (TIL article #58212) 0 212-331-4176
–Rick LePage (email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org
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