'Bible' and new program help you love your Mac

November 14, 1990|By PETER McWILLIAMS | PETER McWILLIAMS,1990 Universal Press Syndicate

As I've been reviewing

What's new and created

Few programmers've been canoeing

But instead have updated.

I received a call a few weeks ago from someone who read about Michael Newman's Poetry Processor in "The Personal Computer Book." Apparently, the phone number and address listed there were no longer correct. As luck would have it, Michael Newman called a few days later to say he and his company have moved to Connecticut. (He was disturbed to hear his calls were not being forwarded as they should be.) His new address is: NewManWare, 84 Front St., New Haven, Conn. 06513; (203) 498-9346. His four programs -- Poetry Processor, Orpheus A-B-C, Tutorial and Electronic Rhyming Dictionary -- are selling as a package for around $130.

The Macintosh Bible: "The Macintosh Bible," the best-selling Mac book in the world (379,000 copies in print), has been revised. It's now in its third edition, with 1,120 easy-to-read pages. I gave it to a Mac friend of mine who, when I called her, said she was quite surprised. "It's actually fun to read. I've been reading it in bed lately instead of my novel." Hmmm. She's part of a new generation, I guess.

The book, however, covers every nook and folder of a Mac with frivolity (imagine that!) and makes what could be a dull subject enjoyable. Its back cover claims "No Cholesterol." The book lists for $28 from Goldstein & Blair.

The same people have also come out with "The Macintosh Bible Software Disks" ($20), which contain handy public domain programs, shareware, templates, fonts and art on two disks. The company's "What Do I Do Now? Book" ($12) deals with hundreds of possible problems. (Goldstein & Blair, Box 7635, Berkeley, Calif. 94707; 415-524-4000.)

WinSleuth and MacSleuth: A while back I mentioned SysteSleuth for IBMs and compatibles. The program reveals and diagnoses the state of your computer. It tells you much about what goes on, what interrupt calls your expansion boards are making (are your add-on boards calling their relatives in Japan?) and a number of things that computer enthusiasts -- but not beginners -- might want to know.

The company has introduced a similar program under Windows and calls it WinSleuth. And there's a version for the Mac named MacSleuth.

Yes, the computer for "the rest of us" can be as confounding as anything else, and MacSleuth can untie the knots of frustration. I don't own a Mac, so I can't tell you if it's good, but it's worth mentioning. The programs are $149. (Dariana Technology Group, Hermosa Circle, Buena Park, Calif. 90620; 714-994-7400.)

Additions to the Knowledge Index: The Knowledge Index, whicfeeds my information frenzy, has added more data bases. The Educational Directory provides comprehensive and current information on public and private schools in the United States, from kindergarten through graduate level. The San Francisco Chronicle, full-text, has come online, as has the Quotations data base, which is a giant file of literary, political and other quotations of note. KI also adds Ageline, a data base for the study of aging in social, psychological, health-related and economic contexts. (Dialog Information Services, 3460 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, Calif. 94304; 800-334-2564.)

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