For those of you following the Apple saga, George Graves reported on Usenet that “Apple engineers have already demonstrated current Macintosh applications running under a protoype of the company’s forthcoming Unix based operating system: With the ink not yet quite dry on the NeXT/Apple merger, Apple had an employee ’show-n-tell’ today (Feb 18, 1996) in which they showed Mac System 7.X apps like Photoshop 4.0 running on BlueBox under NeXT-Rhapsody! This is VERY encouraging. The system seemed stable, they ran several apps including MS Word and Excel, shared info between them and copied files on the YellowBox side while doing so. Nothing crashed. While very optimistic, the demonstrator stressed that there was still much work to be done before a DR is ready in May for WWDC, but that they will make it.” Silicon Valley’s oldest child may have finally grown up… An interesting post that drifted through one of the discusson groups we follow was about The User Dictionaries: “Every time you click ’save’ when you spell-check, you make a deposit into a semi-conscious crypto-self-portrait that resides in your hard drive. Make yours public. Find your User Dictionary file — attach it to an e-mail message that includes the software version that it came from — and forward it to… lorenz@arts.ucsb.edu