Software Packages Entertain, Help Bridge Mac, PC Divide
Kellner, Mark A., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
During these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, here's a look at three software titles recently received. Two are serious, and one is far removed from sobriety.
"Totally Mad" is not a description of the computer industry, but rather the title of a new seven-disc CD-ROM set from the publishers of Mad Magazine (http://www.Madmag.com) and the Broderbund unit of software publishers the Learning Company, which is itself a division of Mattel Inc. (http://www.broderbund.com)
The discs encompass 564 issues of the magazine, beginning in 1952 and ending in 1998, and one can expect updates in future years. It's a total of some 22,000 pages of Mad-ness, from the earliest issues featuring pioneer editor William Gaines down to today's editors, Nick Meglin and John Ficarra. Featured illustrators include the likes of comic-art genius Basil Wolverton; Mark Stutzman, who created the Elvis stamp for the U.S. Postal Service; and Bill Wray, a former "Ren and Stimpy" artist.
"No other Mad product in our nearly 50-year history more clearly illustrates just how much of our lives we have utterly wasted," said Mr. Ficarra in a statement.
That may or may not be the case, but the Mad magazine archive is a rich treasure trove of satire and humor that many will easily remember. All of the standard Mad features, Spy Vs. Spy, the fold-ins, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions and "The Lighter Side Of" are here in living black-and-white, as well as color. Parodies of films from "The Sand Pebbles" to "Star Wars" can be had with ease.
You'll find this program in stores for around $69.95, but the humor value is worth quite a bit more than that.
Two Mac-related utilities: The one-year anniversary of the iMac's arrival from Apple Computer passed recently, reminding everyone that the Macintosh computer platform still has plenty of life.
It does, however, have to share space on this Earth with all those big, bad Windows PCs out there and more importantly, it's nice to be able to share data files and disks among the two platforms as well.
MacLinkPlus Deluxe, now in version 11. …