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Apple statement on iPhone effort delaying Leopard release
Stewart sent a note that Apple's news page today has a statement regarding a delay in the release of Leopard due to work on the iPhone software:

" iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can't wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price - we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard's features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us.
We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones. "
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OWC Clearance page Updated
(from site sponsor OWC)

" It's that time again - we've updated our 'Garage Sales/Clearance Deals' page with a brand new slug of stuff ripe for the picking. Discontinued, Open Box, Used items and more find their way to this section and are priced to move. First come, first served - In an effort to prevent over selling, items are setup to reduce/limit purchase quantities and turn off after sold out.
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  • **Apple iBook G3 500MHz, 600MHz, 700MHz AS-IS Units from $39.00**
    These are units that have one problem or another, but we tell ya what's wrong and for parts alone or to use with the issue avoided, some good deals for the right needs match.
  • **60GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go External USB 2.0 Solutions $69.99
    Built with Apple 60GB 5400RPM Pulls, include all cables + Prosoft DataBackup III - full retail version which is a $59.95 Retail Value by itself!
  • G4 Processor Upgrades from $169, Dual G4 Upgrades from $285
  • Apple Mac SATA PCI/PCI-X Controller Cards from $40
  • Apple Mac IDE/ATA PCI Controller Cards from $67.50
  • Apple Mac PCI Express SATA Cards from $139
  • Apple Original PC5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM 200 Pin 512MB $29.50, 1GB $69.50 For MacBook, Macbook Pro, iMac Intel, Mac mini Intel
  • Apple Original 1GB (512MB x 2) PC5300 DDR2 FB-DIMM Kits $149.00 For all Apple Mac Pro Quad Xeon Models
  • PowerBook/iBook G3 and G4 AC Power Adapters from $27.50
  • Apple OEM SuperDrive DVD/CD Burners for PowerBook G4s from $39.00
  • Apple OEM CDRW/DVD-Rom Combo Drives for PowerMacs from $17.50
  • ATI Radeon Mac Edition Retail Video Cards from $117.99
    And there's plenty more!
    OWC Now accepting PayPal
    FYI. This is a option our customers have been requesting and we now provide. In addition to Visa/MC/AMEX/Disc, customers ordering Via our Website are now also provided with the option to use PayPal as a payment method."
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    10.4.9 User Accts not preserved when reinstalling 10.4.0 (archive/restore)
    (from a reader mail - Updated 2PM with a workaround)

    "Hey Mike, I run a Mac Repair shop here in Boulder Colorado and have come across some strange issues when reinstalling OS 10.4 on a few of my customers machines this past month. It seems that *if* a computer is running 10.4.9, there's an issue with retaining user accounts when reinstalling to 10.4.0 (both "Archive and install" and "preserve users and network settings" clicked on). After the install and reboot when the login window appears it will no longer allow logins, I'm thinking that apple made some changes to the UID or Netinfo (not quite sure what exactly) in 10.4.9 and thus 10.4.0 has compatibility issues reading the user database . The user's home folders are still there where you would expect, the OS just doesn't recognize them or that the accounts even exist. I've made sure by starting up off the install disk and trying to use the reset password function, but it doesn't show any usernames listed..

    One time i was able to create a root account and fix things that way, but the only real workaround I know of is to avoid using 10.4.0 all together and reinstall using a 10.4.6+ disk...
    PS: I've been reading and enjoying for 10 years now. Thanks for all your work, you've helped me more times than i can count!
    Be well, Sean
    Boulder Mac Repair "

    The thanks really goes to readers that contribute here. Some never cease to amaze me. I can't believe it's been 10 years already. (If I had any business sense and a lot less bad luck on the personal side it could be so much better...) I have 10.4.9 on only one Mac here (work machine runs 10.3.9) and have never had to reinstall 10.4.0, but if anyone has a suggestion for Sean, let me know. Thanks.
    (Of course everyone should keep a current backup/clone of the drive so you don't need to reinstall the OS from the CD/DVD again - but in his case he's repairing other people's computers that apparently didn't follow that advice.)
    Jamie of OWC wrote with a note on a workaround:

    " (Hi Mike, Coincidence I guess. One of our techs ran into the very situation you posted this AM. He has a comment for you on it-Jamie)

    Mike, I ran into a very similar problem last night with my RAID 0 array and a Firmtek card that were not behaving in 10.4.9. I wound up installing 10.4.0 onto a Firewire drive and then used Migration Assistant to bring all of my data over from the RAID drives. After two hours of data transfer I erased the RAID and used Restore in Disk Utility to clone the information back to the RAID drives. Not very elegant but it works and the only thing I had to move manually was my iTunes Library."

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    AppleTV Game Console Emulation
    Eddie sent a note that awkwardtv has updated their Emulation page that lists status as working on Nestopia 1.3.6, (NES), Generator 0.4.2 (Sega Genesis), BSNES 0.17 (Super NES), and Sixtyforce 0.9.0 (Nintendo64).
    A few days ago a reader (Rusty M.) sent a link to his YouTube video of AppleTV running Super Mario Bros (NES) with USB joystick.
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    Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updated
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 5 reports added today. Current total - 16,071. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Lite-on LH-20A1H in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
      (Noted buffer underruns using Toast, even with BUP option checked.)
    • Firewire (cased) Lite-on LH-20A1H LS used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Seagate (7200.10) 750GB in iMac Intel CPU (OS X 10.4.)
      (includes link to iMac Core2 Duo take apart guide)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Toshiba MK2035GSS 200GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital Scorpio WD1600BEVS 160GB in MacBook (OS X 10.4.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). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
    If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS, tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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    Other News/Misc. Software Updates
    (Updated 5:30PM, includes apple support docs revised today)

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    Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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