A TRICK OF MEMORY?

ONE OF THE MOST DAZZLINGLY SUCCESSFUL NEW SOFTWARE COMPANIES FACES CHARGES THAT IT IS PEDDLING THIN AIR

TO THOSE FEW SOULS ON the planet who haven't yet wrestled with giant computer-operating systems like Microsoft's Windows 95, memory compression probably sounds like something that starts to set in around the fourth margarita. To the rest of the computer-using public, though, it sounds like a dream come true. Imagine: instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars to feed your system's insatiable appetite for memory, you simply run a $30 program that squeezes the necessary storage space out of your existing chips, instantly increasing their effective capacity by a factor of two or more.

It was on the promise of such...

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