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News stories of April 22nd, 2002:

Reader's Article on Building an Open Source OS X Server
(from a reader's email)

    "hi, after downing a *lot* of coffee, i've succesfully managed to update my ol' Mac PPC 8500 w/ Sonnet G3/333, with MacOSX Server 10.1.4 and a bunch of the latest OpenSource servers & tools

    since i've used your site often in searching for info, i thought i'd return the favor and pass on my experiences in getting it all working back to your users. although a lot of this info is, of course, available on the net, having it all in one place -- and working together -- may be helpful to someone else, too!

    if you like, feel free to point them at:
    [article starts at]
    richard blake "

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Reader Comments on SilverKeeper Backups in OS X

As of this afternoon I've not been able to get a working download of SilverKeeper personally, but a reader that has installed it commented:

    "Silverkeeper is primarily set up to do quick and dirty backups to other hard drives and does do synchronization between backups so that only newer or different files are saved on the backup (even erasing files from the backup set that have been erased from the set you are backing up from).
    However, it is not for backups to CDR/RW media per se and IT WILL NOT BACK UP OS X PERMISSIONS so YOU CAN NOT MAKE A BOOTABLE OS X VOLUME from a restore session. Therefore it is not a Retrospect replacement. More of an OS X version of Speed Copy

For more info see the SilverKeeper 1.0 Release notes.

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MCE Adds 16x10x24x Expansion Bay CD-RW Drives to Lineup
(from the press release email)

    "MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE PowerBook Products, Apple Developer) today added two faster PowerBook expansion bay CD-RW drives to their Xcaret Pro line of expansion bay devices. The "Xcaret Pro 2000 16x10x24 Expansion Bay CD-RW Drive" is designed for the 500MHz and 400MHz Apple PowerBook (Firewire) as well as the 400MHz and 333MHz Apple PowerBook G3 Series - 1999 (Bronze Keyboard). The "Xcaret Pro 16x10x24 Expansion Bay CD-RW" is designed for the Apple PowerBook G3 Series - 1998 (Wallstreet) which includes the 300MHz, 292MHz, 266MHz, 250MHz, and 233MHz models. Both devices write to recordable CD media at 16X speeds, write to re-writeable CD media at 10X speeds, and read standard CD-ROMs at 24X speeds. Both units are available now in limited quantity.

    "The ability to burn CDs at 16X speed from within the PowerBook G3 Series is double the speed available on the top of the line PowerBook G4 Titanium," said Arnold Ramirez, President, MCE Technologies. "This further exemplifies the practicality and usefulness of those PowerBooks' expansion bays in keeping the customer's investment current."

    The MCE Xcaret Pro and Xcaret Pro 2000 Expansion Bay CD-RW Drives are designed to fit into the right-side expansion bay slot of the above mentioned PowerBooks. These devices give users the ability to write data to recordable and re-writeable CD's anywhere they can use their PowerBook. In addition, the devices will read pre-recorded CD-ROMs at 24X speeds. The devices will ship with Roxio Toast CD-recording software. As with all PowerBook expansion bay devices, the MCE Xcaret Pro 2000 Expansion Bay CD-RW and DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive and MCE Xcar»t Pro Expansion Bay C-DRW are truly portable in that they require no external power supply as all power is supplied by the PowerBook.

    The MCE Xcaret Pro 2000 16x10x24 Expansion Bay CD-RW Drive and the MCE Xcaret Pro 16x10x24 Expansion Bay CD-RW Drive have a list price of $399. This price includes the drive, Roxio Toast CD-recording software, owner's manual, and a protective carrying case. Interested dealers and distributors should contact Dealer and Distributor Sales at MCE. The drives are compatible with MacOS 8.6 Ò MacOS X as well as Apple's iTunes and Disc Burner software. "

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Lacie's Free SilverKeeper Backup Utility for OS X and OS 9:
From the Lacie web page.

    "About SilverKeeper 1.0
    SilverKeeper is a freeware application from LaCie that automates Backups to external storage devices like hard disks optical disks, and other removable storage devices that have IDE, ATAPI, SCSI, USB, or Firewire interfaces. Essentially any read/write device that can mount on the Macintosh Desktop can be used with SilverKeeper.

    SilverKeeper requires OS X 10.1.2 or OS 9.0.4 or later and CarbonLib 1.5 (link). Documentation is provided as a set of SilverKeeper Help files that are installed with the application.

    SilverKeeper is freeware, but you must provide LaCie with your name and email address."

See the linked page for download link and release notes. (See above for a reader's comments on Silverkeeper.)
(Server was very busy when I posted this originally. I chose the .bin file download which doesn't seem to do anything in OS X but launch Toast 5 (LOL). Rebooting into OS 9 shows the bin file is an executable installer, but seems to install nothing that I can find. I was eventually able to download the .sit file version which did install under OS X.)

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First Report on PF G4/533 (550) Upgrade in B&W G3

The first report on the PowerForce G4/533 (runs 550 in B&W G3 or Yikes G4/PCI due to 100mhz bus) from today's updates to the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database:

Reviewer's Name: Pete Heerboth
Date Submitted: 4/21/2002
Rating (1 to 10): 9
Manufacturer: PowerLogix G4
Rated Speed (CPU/Cache MHz): G4 550 [actually G4/533 chip]
Max Speed (CPU/Cache MHz): 550 [assuming 220mhz cache speed]
Cache Size: 1MB
Mac Type: Rev 2 BW G3 450
Comments: I only give this upgrade a 9 because of the difficulty of flashing the ROM. The tools Powerlogix includes are outdated. I had to do a clean 9.1 install before the G4 ROM utility would run. In 9.2 it quit with an error of type 11 and in X it did not recognize my machine as a BW G3. Even with 9.1 installed it took several flashes and restarts before the ROM was actually changed. On some of these restarts i ran into some screens I've never even seen before (I've been using Macs for 15+ years) and some scary freezes (any freeze is scary when your ROM is being fiddled with). Make sure you are booting the correct system folder when the machine shuts down after flashing the ROM. I think this may have been part of my problem.
Other than that the upgrade works great and the speed difference is very noticeable, especially with iTunes and other Alti-Vec optimized apps. "

Site sponsor OWC noted Friday they finally have stock on these upgrades at $297.95. One reader said their mail list noted better performance with their G4/500 ZIF which has faster rated cache (250mhz rated cache - the PF G4/533 has 5:2 ratio cache, not 2:1).

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Reader Comments on Wacom OS X 4.72-5 Drivers
    "gm mike,
    i'm a little behind on stuff and you may have covered this.
    On the Apple OS-X download site -> Drivers, there is a driver for the Wacom tablet (version 4.72-3).

    On the Wacom download section there is a new driver and part of the introduction is below:

      "Driver 4.72-5 resolves a root access privilege issue that may be caused by upgrading with earlier drivers. Wacom recommends all 4.72-3 users to upgrade to 4.72-5." [snip]

    (fwiw) the driver loaded with ease and at this point, i do not see any problems, other than the inability to use my large serial tablet/keyspan adapter under X, (grrr...) which still works fine under 9.x.
    very best2u,

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Netopia eCare Now Mac Compatible
(from the press release email)

    "Whether you are a Macintosh user, Windows user or both, eCare's Web-enabled support tools are now compatible with both operating systems, enabling you to reach even more people, and at a record-breaking speed.

    Using Netopia's eCare will enable you to collaborate with your customers directly from their own desktops - visually. You can also transfer files and install new software on the fly, provide hands-on training, including Web page push, chat, and more. All you need to do is click and connect!

    Netopia's eCare can help you to dramatically reduce your service and support cost, deliver better first call resolution rates, and increase your overall efficiencies. With eCare, you are also guaranteed with less than one week implementation time and zero setup fees.

    Learn more on how to cut your service costs and make your IT staff more efficient. Contact our experts for a demo today: demo/.
    To request more information, please call 1-800-689-9293 or send e-mail to"

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Article on Univ. of Texas and Apple Notebooks
The Austin Statesman web site has an article titled UT want Apple in Students' Laps from this weekend. The article says starting this fall, University of Texas will require students entering its teacher preparation programs to have laptops, and if they can't get the "right machine", they'll have to buy it from Apple. Officials at the Univ. reportedly will check laptops to ensure that students have the right machine and software - Apple machines according to the article, otherwise they can't enroll in the enroll in teacher preparation programs according to the article. This has some people who prefer PCs "fuming" according to the story, which goes on to say Apple was chosen due to steep discounts and offers of tech support as well as their need for a "single platform" the story says. (Thanks to David for the link.)
A reader replied to this post :

    "Hello Mike -
    I attend the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School (former longhorn too) and our curriculum requires us to purchase a laptop. The previous year's class purchased the Firewire G3 Powerbook while my class uses the G4 Titanium 400 mhz model. The following year's class have the option of purchasing Macs or PCs (presumably Dells). We are required to purchase the laptops in order to use a piece of software called VitalViewer which has all our text, manuals and books on a DVD updated semi-annually. As to whether the class uses the DVD much is of debate but nevertheless we are required to purchase the laptop as an agreement of enrollment. The current laptops we use are the g4 400 mhz models with 256 MB of RAM, 10 GB HD, and Airport equipped. There are numerous wireless access points around the school including lecture halls and libraries. In addition our pre-clinical cubicles and clinic area also have ethernet access.
    The major goal is to eventually use the computers for chair-side reference (i.e. Drug information, patient information etc).
    Tuan P. "
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 41 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 7,204 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    PenDrive Reports:
  • USB PenDrive 256MB used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (comments on OS 9 and X, retrospect, patch needed for OS X, etc.)

    SmartMedia cardreader Reports:
  • USB Dazzle DM-8200 used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands - worked in 10.1.4)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A04 in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 (apple OEM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Pioneer DVD-116 (16x/40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Lite-On LTD-163D 16x/48x in G4 no AGP [Yikes] (OS 9.2)
    (used CD Drive install guide here)

    DVD-R + DVD-RAM Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Panasonic LF-D311 used w/iBook 2001 (OS X) [some problems noted]
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Panasonic LF-D311 used w/Beige G3 (OS 9.1) [some problems noted]

    Combo DVD+CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4120BB (12x8x32x + 8x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (noted discburner works in 10.1.4. FAQ here lists previous iTunes mod files for support needed in the past.)
  • Exp. Bay Matshita UJDA710 (8x4x24x + DVD ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X) [Noted discburner support in 10.1.4, but still no iTunes support. I suggested trying the iTunes mod file posted here last year in the build guide (and FAQ) for this drive.]
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40x+8x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (10.1.4 did not add iTunes/DB support)

    CD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • SCSI NEC CDR-c302 MultiSpin 4x 7-CD Changer used w/8500 (OS 9.2)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8320B 32x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (no itunes support in 10.1.4 - didn't comment on Discburner or booting from drive)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (boot problems noted)
  • Lite-On 24x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (noted no problems - using 10.1.3)
  • Lite-On 16x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (noted Toast 5 worked, didn't comment on booting, etc.)
  • Lite-On 32x12x40 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (noted 10.1.4 DB support, but OS 9 boot problem after drive was installed. Odd.. suggested zapping pram perhaps as well as the old tip where some IDE CDRWs have boot problems with the OS 9.2 SDAP extension enabled..)
  • Ricoh MP7083A-SK 8x8x32x in G4/AGP (OS 9.2 and OS X reports)
  • Sony CRX185A1 32x10x40 in Beig G3 (OS 9.2)
    (boot problems noted)
  • Yamaha 24x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (didn't not OS X version, but said it was fully supported)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Fantom 24x10x40x used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted - drive not recognized)
  • Lacie U&I 32x10x40x used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (noted OS X 10.1.4 added iTunes support - but not compat. w/Retrospect)
  • Plextor PX-W4012A (40x12x40x) [IDE drive in FW case] used w/G4 AGP (OS X) [Noted 10.1.4 added iTunes support]
  • Smartdisk FWCDRW-V8 used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX1600L - 12x8x32 used w/iBook (OS X)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Sony CRX100E/X used w/iMac (OS X)
    (problems noted, even running 10.1.4)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Matshita 7502-B 4x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted 10.1.4 helped with some past problem but discburner still fails)
  • Yamaha 6416S (6x4x16x) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (noted 10.1.4 added disk burner support. didn't note scsi card used.)
  • Yamaha 8424 (8x4x24x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted, even in 10.1.4)
  • Yamaha 8424 (8x4x24x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted, even in 10.1.4)
  • Yamaha CRW6416S (6x4x16) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (Using 10.1.3, Noted CD burned, but doesn't mount)
  • Yamaha CRW4260 (4x2x6x) in 7500 (OS X)
    (noted Discburner support in 10.1.4, however not sure he actually burned a CD with discburner.)
  • Yamaha CRW4260 (4x2x6x) in PowerTower Pro (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Deskstar 75GXP 75GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)
    (Noted firmware update to Acard IDE card helped)
  • IBM Travelstar 48GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (Reader FYI: illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Maxtor 80GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Maxtor 40GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Maxtor D740X 40GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    (Used Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
    (Reader FYI: Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)

    Removable Media Drive Reports:
  • Expansion Bay VST ZIP 100 used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)

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 4 new reports. (Total to date: 6,995). [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 G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
    (noted utils not compatible with OS 9.2)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 7)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in 8500 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)

(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 a review of 4x4 Evolution 2. Total Reviews (all titles): 845. 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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