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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 4/16/2002 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of April 16th, 2002:

Microsoft Security Updates for OutLook Express, IE and Office 2001/Office X
Several security related updates from Microsoft today.

    (OS 8.1-OS 9 related)
    Microsoft Office 2001 URL Security Update
    This updater addresses a security vulnerability that could be exploited to run malicious code on your computer. For more information about this update, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-019.
    Note: You must install Microsoft Office 2001 Service Release 1 before you install this update.
    Applies to: Office 2001 Service Release 1 (SR1), Word 2001 SR1, Excel 2001 SR1, PowerPoint® 2001 SR1, Entourage(tm) 2001 SR1, Word + Entourage 2001 Special Edition

    Microsoft Outlook Express- 5.0.4
    This latest version version 5.0.4 resolves all security vulnerabilities in previous versions of Outlook Express 5. This includes vulnerabilities that might have caused Outlook Express to stop responding or caused a memory problem that compromised the security of the computer. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-019.

    Internet Explorer 5.1.4 The above bulletin also mentions IE 5.1 is affected - the Internet Explorer 5.1 download page still shows the previous date of Dec 18th, 2001 but the direct download link filepath shows a 5.1.4 version. (I downloaded and installed it - it is 5.1.4, the previous IE 5.1 update was v5.1.3.)

    (OS X Related Updates)
    Microsoft Office v. X Combined Updater 10.0.3
    This updater contains three updates for Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. Even if you have already installed any of the updates included in this updater, you must install this update package.
    The updater includes:

    • Entourage(tm) X Hotmail Update: Allows Entourage X to connect to MSN® Hotmail® servers, which Microsoft has upgraded to the latest, most secure technologies.
    • Network Security Update: Allows you to run Office v. X and its standalone programs more securely on a network. For more information about this update, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-002 .
    • URL Security Update: Addresses a security vulnerability that could be exploited to allow malicious code to run on your computer. For more information about this update, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-019 .

    Applies to: Office v. X, Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint® X, Entourage X

Internet Explorer 5.1.4 (OS X) Use OS X's Software Updates to get the Internet Exploder 5.1.4 update for OS X.

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Toast 5 full version for $64.99 (plus shipping) + $20 rebate for Pshop 7 Upgrade has a $35 rebate offer on Toast 5 for the Mac - good for orders from 4/1/2002 to 4/25/2002 and only for USA orders unfortunately. (Net cost after rebate is $64.99 plus shipping). Just a FYI - to help support this site (it's only a tiny 2-3% commission but costs you nothing) please use this link for any orders (it's linked in the news sidebar here.)
Since direct product links using site ID's expire - just use the link above and the enter "toast 5" in the search box. Here's the rebate coupon link that lists Toast and some other Adobe products - including $20 off for Photoshop 7 upgrade for Macs.
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OS X 10.1.4 Server Update
See this Apple Kbase doc for the download. Here's the list of changes:

    Mac OS X Server 10.1.4 update delivers improvements to Mail services.

    Enhancements include
  • Improved SMTP relay exchange for sending mail to certain mail servers.
  • Allows delivery of mail from remote hosts which do not specify a name.
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XLR8 Adds OS X Support to Interview 2.0 USB Capture Device
XLR8 has a Press Release today on OS X support added to their Interview 2.0 USB video capture device. The press release mentions a firmware update offer for owners of previous Interview models. Interview allows importing analog video into iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc. (Being USB based, it's limited to 320x240 movie capture however - for specs on still frame capture rates see XLR8's product page/spec info.)
Interview 2.0 ships with a QuickTime Pro Key ($29.95 value) as well as Strata Video Shop(tm) 4.5, EchoFXís OS X drivers and InterView Capture(tm) software.
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Adobe Photoshop 7 Scripting Plugin (Applescript/JavaScript)
Photoshop 7 is shipping now (a reader noted getting his copy from Adobe in yesterday's news). Versiontracker today has a page with a Scripting plugin for JavaScript and AppleScript support for PS 7.0.
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DrBott's DVIator (ADC adapter) Bundles w/ATI Radeon 7000 PCI and 8500 AGP
(from the press release)

    "Dr. Bott certifies use of Radeon 7000(PCI) & 8500(AGP) with DVIator, Offering DVIator bundles with new video cards from ATI.

    Dr. Bott certifies use of Radeon 7000(PCI) & 8500(AGP) with DVIator. Dr. Bott certifies ATI Radeon 7000 and 8500 as the choice for running the coolest displays on the market. This combination was the choice seen around MacWorld SF and MacWorld Tokyo as the solution in ATI's booth and the Apple gaming pavilion. Upgrade your older PCI based Macs or AGP based G4s with Apples 15", 17", and 22" ADC displays. This combo has seen amazing results including utilizing all the available resolutions and eliminates compatibility issues found in previous ATI cards.

    In honor of the great solution DVIator and the latest Radeon cards from ATI, Dr. Bott has teamed with ATI to offer the following bundles with DVIator and a video card from ATI.
    DVIator & Radeon 7000 Mac Edition Bundle (Retail $299)
    DVIator & Radeon 8500 Mac Edition Bundle (Retail$339) "

[Note: For those considering using a new 23" ADC Cinema Display, note the 7000 and 8500 is said to have a DVI port max resolution of 1600x1200 - which is less than the native resolution of the 23 inch Cinema display.]
That 8500 Bundle price ($339) is shown as of noon today at their site - but I wonder if it's accurate since the 8500 card alone lists for $299 and the DVIator lists for $149. (Note there's only $40 difference in the 7000 vs 8500 card bundle - but the 7000 PCI card lists for $129 vs $299 for the 8500.)
Update - a reader who bought the 8500 bundle said the $339 was an introductory price. (I'm not sure when the price on the 8500 bundle changes.)

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Feedback on Floppy Disk Driver for OS X from PB G3 Owner
Yesterday's news had a note on an OS X Floppy driver at (That page lists some known bugs in the current (0.91) version and notes some compatibility info also.) A PowerBook G3 owner noted he could not get the current (0.91) version to work:

    Hi guys, PowerBook G3 Series (Revision 2) (aka: PDQ), [aka wallstreet2 I assume-Mike] drive doesn't work in either bay, whether inserted at startup or not. So far the only success stories on Versiontracker were from desktop users.
    Peter G."

**Update** - several other readers replied to this post - at least one powerbook G3 wallstreet owner reported the driver worked if the floppy was inserted in the bay before startup. (However there were some quirks noted.) See Wednesday's news for later reports on the floppy driver.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 29 new reports added today. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 7,130 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    PenDrive Reports:
  • USB Transcend 128MB used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A04 (104) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1302 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Didn't note drive speed)

    CD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Acer CD 656A (56X) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)

    Combo DVD+CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) HP 9900 (12x10x32 + 8x DVD ROM) used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (see report for comments on DVD player issues, etc.)
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x + 8x DVD ROM) in Umax S900 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)
  • IDE Ricoh MP-9200A / (20x10x40x + 12x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes support, not bootable)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Cendyne 32x12x40 (drive is Lite-On mechanism) in PowerBase (OS 8.6)
    (Cendyne entries filed under "other" brand)
  • Lite-On 40125s (40x12x48) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted)
  • Lite-On LTR-32123S (32x12x40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (used CD drive install guide here)
  • Plextor PX-4012A 40x12x40X in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Samsung SW-224B (24x10x/40x) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (modified itunes OS 9/OS X files added to the FAQ's CDR section)
  • Sony CRX175A2 24x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • Yamaha CRW3200 (24x10x40) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha 2100E 16x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Matshita CW-7502 4x (CDR only) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Ricoh MP7060S 6x4x20 used w/G4 AGP 2001 (OS X)
    (problems noted in OS X, incl. with retrospect)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 32x10x40x (AlinaMicro FW case model) used w/G4 AGP 2001
    (high vibration noted)
  • TDK VeloCD 40x12x48x (IDE drive in FW Case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X) (
    no itunes support, problems w/completeing burns with Toast 5)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Spressa USB 4x4x6 used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (actually removed the drive to use it on the internal IDE bus)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 48GH 48GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)

    (Noted lid closed/magnetic sleep sensor issue. See illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM Travelstar 48GH 48GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (Claims drive is defective. See illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM Travelstar 40GN 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.1)

    [Drive was not formatted as MacOS extended - wasting a lot of disk space]
    (Reader FYI illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Seagate ST340810A 40GB in Umax S900 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Seagate ST340016A 40GB in iMac (OS 9.1)
  • Seagate ST320011A 20GB in iMac (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted -perhaps jumper related)
  • Western Digital 80GB in iMac slot loading (OS X server ?)
  • Western Digital 30GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsi MAH3091MP 9GB in Umax S900 (OS 9.1)
    (drive not compatible with drive setup he said)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. [If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]

(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 3 new reports. (Total to date: 6,979). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here are the new entries (does not include update/added comments to previous reports):

  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PB G3 Lombard (rated 4)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowrBook G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included more reviews of Deus Ex and Quake3 Arena. Total Reviews (all titles): 843. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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