In your otherwise helpful Special Report ("Help!") you neglected to
mention two of the best sources for detailed NeXT information. NeXT produces
NeXTanswers, an extensive collection of answers to common questions about software,
hardware, system administration, and programming. A service called FAQ (frequently
asked questions), which is not maintained by NeXT, discusses third-party information
more frankly. Both are available from Internet archives; FAQ is also posted regularly
to comp.sys.next. announce.
What are those guys on the cover of the latest NeXTWORLD (Fall 1992) spelling? My guess
is that it's either HEEP or HLLP.
A quick search of Webster under "semaphore" reveals that the cover is a poor
representation of Ð guess what Ð "NeXT." The semaphores in the "Help!" section inside
NeXT-WORLD are a good representation of "Special Report."
It's amazing what info resides on the NeXT's hard disk!
Santa Cruz, California
We were trying for "NeXT," though we have to agree the "X" was a bit shaky. If you
think we're lost at sea, take another look at the Beatles' original. Ð NW
In Ben Calica's review of Xanthus CraftMan (NeXTWORLD, Fall 1992), his complaint about
remembering object names when writing scripts is uncalled-for. In CraftMan you can
control-drag a connection from any editing area to any visible object in order to
insert the name of that object into the script.
Xanthus International, Sweden
Lifting the fog
Simson Garfinkel's article on ISDN ("ISDN Comes of Age," NeXT-WORLD, Summer 1992) was
simply the best article you have published so far. It was packed with facts about ISDN
that I had trouble
getting from any other source. Instead of making things religious,
Simson showed he knew what he was talking about.
In the review of ElectroFile in the Fall issue of NeXT-WORLD, Dan Ruby says PaperSight
is a tool that needs to be modified for each customer site. This could not be any
farther from the truth. While a handful of customers take
advantage of our ability to add special features, a vast majority (over 95 percent) of
our sales are of shrinkwrapped software with scanners.
Richard V. Nash
Visual Understanding Systems
There's a pretty serious flaw in the "SysAdmin Hints and Tips" article from the Fall
1992 issue. Reaching the ROM monitor in the manner described will result in a dirty
shutdown, potentially corrupting the filesystem and the NetInfo databases.
Rather than going to the ROM monitor, what about using the UNIX shutdown(8) command?
It takes you down to single-user mode very nicely, without corrupting anything. If you
insist on going to the ROM monitor though the NMI monitor, please recommend that people
press Command-Command-back quote (`) instead.
Alan M. Marcum
NeXT Technical Support
"Detecting and Handling a Break-in" (NeXTWORLD, Fall 1992) makes no mention at all of
the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). This is a grave omission, as they are
basically the "911" of computer crime. Any system administrator should have CERT's
telephone number handy (412/268-7090) and should report all break-in at-tempts. CERT
archives contain information on
correcting three security vulnerabilities specific to the NeXT and three that affect
most UNIX machines, including the NeXT.
Barbara J. Dyker
Enclosed you will find a picture of a road sign I spotted on Page Mill Road near Palo
Alto. For the record: I had nothing to do with the paint job.
Mary A. Bordi
La Honda, California
Perot and con
Apparently you like Perot ("Rising Tide," NeXTWORLD, Fall 1992). I consider him a
menace, with paranoiac tendencies, a predilection for paramilitary adventures, and a
shaky grasp of the concept of civil liberty. As a subscriber, I hope your magazine will
leave political commentary to The Nation, the New Republic, and the National Review,
and concentrate on subjects in which it has technical expertise.
For the record
A graphic in the bound-in July issue of NeXTWORLD Extra (NeXTWORLD, Fall 1992)
mistakenly stated that Matt Medeiros and Leo Hourvitz were removed from NeXT's policy
team. In fact, both executives supported the team but were never actually members.
The illustration of a Ferrari sports car in "Desktop Color" (NeXT-WORLD, Fall 1992)
should have credited the artist, Michael Bodily.
On page 26 of NeXTWORLD's Special Report in the Fall issue, the author of the book
The RenderMan Companion should be listed as Steve Upstill. The publication date was
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