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News stories of April 1st, 2003:

Acard's 4-Channel ATA/133 RAID 64-Bit PCI card for Macs
Justin Barham sent a link to Acard's Mac 4-channel ATA/133 64Bit RAID PCI card at According to the page the card is MacOS 8.5 and later (including OS X) compatible and supports RAID 0 (stripe), 1 (mirror) and 0+1 modes as well as standard (non-RAID) mode. Although not mentioned specifically, like most 64-Bit PCI cards it should be 32-Bit slot compatible. (B&W G3s and later Macs have 64-Bit PCI slots, earlier macs have 32-Bit PCI slots.) No pricing is listed on the page and the Mac version was not listed yet at their online store page (the PC model was listed at US $99 - but that's much less than their Mac 2-channel RAID card MSRP. Mac firmware adds a lot to the price typically...)
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Reaction Quake3 v3.0 News
"Greetings Mike
Today, April 1st 2003, we would like to announce that both our code and content for Reaction Quake 3 v3.0 has been frozen as of this past weekend. With the release of 3.0, we will be dropping the 'Beta' designation as we feel that our mod has matured enough in both code and content to be considered a full-fledged product.
We are currently in the midst of a testing and debugging cycle prior to an imminent release. Tentatively, we're planning on a Saturday, April 12th release at 9 PM CET (2100) which is 3 PM EST (1500). Please check throughout the next two weeks for information on our IRC release party and the prizes that will be given away by the team. Over the next week we will also be showcasing the new content and maps that will be in RQ3 v3.0.
More to follow later in the week.
Scott DeLeury (CannonFodder)
The Reaction Quake 3 Dev Team"
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PR on MediaBank HS-R Hot-Swap Raid 1 Firewire Case
Miglia sent a press release noting their MediaBank HS-R Hot-Swap Raid 1 (mirror) FireWire case for up to 3 drives (1 spare) is available now. Pricing mentioned was EUR 449 or USD $479 for the RAID case and cable (no drives). Build-to-order configurations with drives installed are available through MigliaÌs online store they said.
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Articles on iBook Dual USB Appearance and Hardware Mods
Jim K. sent a link to a page with iBook dual USB appearance and hardware mods (drive upgrade, OC'ing, hinge and flickering screen) at
(The FAQ's iBook section has links to other iBook HD/CDRW upgrade guides from the past and the Systems page, iMac/iBook section here also links to Tyco's local article from 2001 on OC'ing an iBook G3/500 to 600MHz. For later iBook models based on the 750FX CPU, there were past articles on overclocking via software since the 750FX CPU can have bus/cpu ratios changed by software.)
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Change in PowerMac G4 Speed Designations
In a move similar to AMD's previous change from denoting CPUs by clock speed, new PowerMacs with G4 CPUs will no longer be referred to by the CPU clock speed - instead the system's GigaFlops rating will be used. For example the dual 1.42GHz model will now be called the "PowerMac G4 21Giga". (The "Flops" designation was omitted due to that term's bad business connotations.)
Focus group studies have shown that many consumers preferred the higher number rating and many actually 'felt' the system labeled with "21Giga" was faster than the exact same system with a Dual 1.42GHz label (showing the placebo effect is present even with computer hardware).
One reader replied to this post suggesting "Giga 21" was a better name - I'll pass that on to marketing. (Some didn't realize this was my April fool's joke, since the rest of the news items today were real.)
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Using Sprint CDMA Phones w/PowerBooks for Net Access
Yesterday's news had a reader's comments on using a Spring Wireless PCS card with a PowerBook G4. Another reader replied to that post:

" For those that are interested, you can use Sprint CDMA phones (I have a samsung N400) and a split-tail USB cable made by Future Dial to hook to the internet while on the go. The speed is faster than dialup and the cable is pretty cheap. Be sure to make sure you have X.2, a futuredial supported phone and the œunlimited bandwidth” plan or it could get pricey. Sprint tells me it is not supported. So you could void the phone warranty.
Chief Master Sergeant (the other mike ). "
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Yet Another Sendmail Security Flaw
PCworld is reporting for the second time this month a potentially serious flaw has been found in sendmail.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,252. Here's a summary of the updates added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports shown first):

  • Giga Designs G4 1.25GHz in G4/533 AGP (rated 10)
    ( my full review here)
  • Giga Designs G4 1.25GHz in G4/450 AGP (rated 10)
  • Giga Designs G4 1.25GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Giga Designs G4/800 (2MB cache) in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/533 in Beige G3 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in QS G4/733 AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in G4/450 AGP (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige 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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added (reader entries from from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). 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 10,182 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, etc. will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • Compaq 8X in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG LG4480B (48x24x48x + 16x DVD-ROM) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X) (FAQ here has burn support plugins)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W (48x12x48x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (not bootable from CD)
  • Lite-On LTR-48246s (48x24x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drives:
  • Yamaha CRW-F1E (44x24x44) in FW case used w/G4 Dual (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drives:
  • Yamaha 8424sx (8x4x24x) used w/PowerBook G3 WS1 (OS 8.6)
    (problems noted - may be drive or SCSI card/term. related)
  • Yamaha 8424S (8x4x24x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (not bootable from OS 9.1 CD, but was from 10.2 CD)

    SCSI Hard Drives:
  • Maxtor ATLAS IV 36GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Maxtor bought Quantum some years back)

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.)
(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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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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