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by John F. Braun

Mac Identifier Will ID Or Change The ID Of Your Mac
Monday July 26th, 1999

Mac Identifier 3.0.2 ($5 Shareware)
Flux Software

Mac OS 8.6 contains many improvements over previous versions of system software. One feature that was removed, and should probably have been left in, is the ability to find out what model of Mac you are running by using the About This Computer selection from the Apple Menu.

Mac Identifier is a control panel that will attempt to identify your machine from a database that is current as of June 1999. Clones are not included, but an Apple equivalent should give you some idea of what you are running.

For the adventurous, you can actually change what model of computer the Mac OS thinks you are using. This could be used to fool you friends (at least the ones that aren't computer geeks) or to trick certain software to install if it doesn't identify your machine properly.

In all cases, the type of computer that is selected can be broadcast to network software, such as mapping utilities, which take advantage of this service.

You can choose a custom icon for the machine display. You can also forget about the machine info and just display a picture resource. The process of scanning for a picture can bring interesting results, since some files may contain pictures you are not aware of.

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Flux Software Home Page

Identify Your Machine

About This Computer After Using Mac Identifier

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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