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Shareware: Bitwise Operator: The Plain Truth About Piracy
In the above mentioned English article by "Ambrosia Software", a company that develops software for Apple computers, the company's experience with shareware and privacy is described.

The change from a fully functional shareware to a more crippled version didn't cause people to register 5 times more often as mentioned in the article "Why Do People Register, Does Crippling Work, Does Anybody Really Know?" by Colin Messitt but it triggered off an increase in sales figures.

A change of the registration procedure in the middle of last year showed that more than 50% of the people who had installed the update for the software "Snapz Pro X" were using a pirate code to activate the software.

The article is available via the title link. (sd) (Translation: sr)

[News message: 03. Feb. 2002, 23:17] [Comments: 0]
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Mirko Naumann (E-Mail)

CD-ReWriter Plextor: 40x burner for the ATAPI interface (E-IDE)
The company Plextor now offers a 40x burner for the ATAPI interface (E-IDE). The PLEXWRITER 40/12/40A allows the burning of CD-R with the CLV process and the zone CLV process with max. 40x (6000 KB/s) as well as the rewriting of CD-R/W with max. 12x (1800 KB/s). CDs are read with the CAV process with 17x-40x (2600-6000 KB/s) speed.

The burner has a buffer of 4 MB and is equipped with the proven BURN-Proof technology that almost completely excludes a burning of defective CDs.

For the time being there are no information about the price. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 02. Feb. 2002, 18:36] [Comments: 0]
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Mariusz Wloczysiak (E-Mail)

Elbox: Mediator for A3000D, A3000T and A4000T
You all know we listen to your needs and make your use of Amiga computers more efficient and more enjoyable. Now you can have the new ultimate Mediator busboard for owners of Amiga models: the A3000D, the A3000T and the A4000T.

Elbox Computer has expanded the Mediator PCI busboard line with two further models:
  • Mediator PCI 3000D
    Mediator PCI 3000D is dedicated for Amiga 3000D computers. It allows for simultaneous use of 5 PCI cards and 6 Zorro III/II cards.

  • Mediator PCI 3/4000T
    Mediator PCI 3/4000T is dedicated for Amiga 3000T and Amiga 4000T computers. It allows for simultaneous use of 5 PCI cards and 4 Zorro III/II cards.
About Mediator:
Mediator PCI is a family of expansion boards, which enable using high-performance cost-effective PCI cards in Amiga computers.

The Mediator PCI busboard line is designed to enable expanding Amiga computers with a wide range of standard PCI cards like graphic cards, Ethernet and Fast Ethernet network cards, modem cards, ISDN cards, USB and SCSI cards, sound cards and multimedia cards: TV tuner and MPEG-2 hardware decoders.

Expanding the Amiga with the Mediator PCI busboard opens the way to employing the power of the latest PowerPC G3/G4 processors in Amiga, around which SharkPPC and SharkPPC+ cards are based.

For the list of currently supported PCI cards see Mediator Driver Guide. (ps)

[News message: 01. Feb. 2002, 09:32] [Comments: 0]
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