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Final Cut Pro 2.02 Update and List of Fixes:
One of Barney's software updates tonight included Final Cut Pro 2.0.2. According to that page, the 2.02 update addresses a number of known issues, including:

  • Trimming numerically in the Trim Edit window no longer stops playback
  • Final Cut Pro now works under Macintosh Manager
  • Fixes a known issue where 32kHz audio files sounded distorted in a 48kHz sequence
  • Fixes a problem where Browser items could not be renamed with the Browser in icon modes
  • Addresses a known problem with the Audio Meter window which could result in Final Cut Pro quitting unexpectedly if the computer has more than 1 GB of memory (RAM)

Note - as of about 9PM EST, the download link on that page is not working (file not found). I also tried logging in to the Kbase and checking the recent software updates there and that page also had a file not found error on the download file. [http://kbase.info.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/kbase.woa/wa/query?type=id&val=75153. [Hopefully Apple will fix the download links on these pages soon.]

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Apple Settles Suit with 'Worker Bee' :
Cnet has an article today indicating that Apple has quietly settled their lawsuit against "worker bee". As most of you know, "Worker Bee" was an employee that leaked advance information on Apple products to the web last year.
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1GHz G4 Benchmarks:
Last month there was a news item here on the Japanese site that noted a G4/867 overclocked to 1GHz. A reader posted a note in the forums with some Norton SI benchmarks on the 1GHz G4:

" I live in Japan, and I was on the net today looking to price the newly released firewire Pixela DVD-R/Ram drive, and I came across these benchmarks. I thought I would post them for you other benchmark lovers out there.
This test was run with Norton System Info 6.02

G4 1 GHz
System 2415
CPU 2473
Video 2030
Disk 3059
FPU 1750

(for comparison)
G4 500Mhz
System 1287
CPU 1387
Disk 2380 G4450 MP
FPU 1290

I used the G4 450 MP for disk because it was the second fastest in this test. In fact, the 500 placed 5th. Anyway, here is the G4 500 results below. Disk for G4 500 only 883

Not that the 800 DP and 867 are not fast, but I sure will be happy when the 1GHz barrier is finally broken and we won't need to clock up the present models just to attain this rather elusive goal
awood "

I've never been a fan of the Norton benchmarks since I consider them too simplistic, but the results are interesting.

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G4 Cube Firewire Port Problems Continue:
I'm really beginning to suspect there is some real problem with the refurbished G4 Cube's firewire ports. I've owned several onboard firewire Macs (from the B&W G3 to first model G4/AGP 450, Dual G4.500, powerbooks, etc.) and have never had the repeating problems with Firewire drives that I have seen with this Cube. I'd say that more than 1/3 of the attempts to use Firewire drives (hard drives or CDRWs) has resulted in lockups or failures to be recognized (when the same drive works fine on every other Mac here, with the same cable.) It's not isolated to any specific FW drive and every FW drive used checks fine on other Macs.
I first noted this in my Firewire Oxford 911 AC vs Portable drive case performance tests in OS 9.1 and OS X article and have seen it happen over and over since then. (Other readers also noted intermittent problems like this.) It happened again today and twice last week. (In the last 5 times I've powered it up, more than 50% of the time it has had firewire problems like this.) After the problem appears, the system will hang during a reboot even with no Firewire drive attached. [Powering down/resetting the Cube has often been a fix - but not today. Over a dozen attempts and it's still has no working firewire ports.]

It booted fine this morning, then when I connected a firewire drive, it hung the system as before (mouse moves fine, but you can't pull down a menu or do anything other than move the mouse.) The other symptom seen is that the system just fails to recognize any FW devices are attached. Restarts resulted in a hung system at the start of loading extensions, as seem before.

I really like the Cube, but this one has had more firewire problems with less than 80 hours of total use than I have seen in years of daily use with other firewire equipped Macs. Maybe this one is just a lemon (it arrived in horrible shape and has spotty Airport networking also), so I'm going to call Apple support again to see if they can have the system tested. (If upgrading the hard drive to a 100GB Maxtor as I noted in this review doesn't affect the warranty, which I don't think it will and the same problems were noted before with the original hard drive, and in both OS 9.1 and OS X.) Of course it will be working fine when I take it to a service center. and it always passes all the tests run by the Hardware test CD even when firewire is not working. (I don't think the logic board tests really exercise the Firewire interface.)
[Resetting the NVRAM via Open Firmware did not help. Removing the battery for an hour or so resurrected it. However I expect the problem will occur again and every time I connect a FW drive to this Cube I cross my fingers that it will work...]

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Memory Bandwidth Tests with New Rev of 7450 CPU in G4/867:
I asked a reader that reported the new revision of the 7450 CPU in his G4/867 to run some memory bandwidth tests to see if they showed better results than the previously reported 2.0 revisions of the 7450 CPU (used in G4/733s and in some G4/867s). Note that not all G4/867s may have the new revision CPU, as an earlier report from one reader noted a rev 2.0 CPU (the same as the earlier G4/733s).

Andrew's 2.1 rev 7450 showed more than 100MB/sec higher GaugePro memory test rates than a 2.0 rev CPU, but still not that impressive when compared to results from 7400/7410 G4s - even my G4/400 Powerbook (100mhz bus) had rates near the 867mhz (133mhz bus) rev 2.1 system.

Of course memory bandwidth is far from a linear indicator of real world applications performance since most apps are not memory bandwidth limited. (The CPU, hard drive, video card, etc. are also factors, usually far more important factors than memory bandwidth - at least if you're comparing modern SDRAM based Macs.)
(This info is only of interest to benchmark fans and those that are curious as to the pure benchmark results with the later rev 7450 CPU.) Details.

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Follow-Up on Quicksilver and Full RAM Slots:
Last Friday's news here had a report from a new G4 Quicksilver owner about problems he saw (memory errors) with three 256MB dimms installed (all three from the same company, all had 16 chips on the dimms). Other Quicksilver owners replied to that post with their experiences with aftermarket RAM in those systems. Details.
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More Reader Code Red Worm Tips for Cisco DSL Modem/Routers:
In reply to a reader's tip in yesterday's news, other readers wrote with a tips for Cicso routers and the Code Red Worm.

" A follow up to the item on the Cisco 675's. The Code Red worm not only affects the 675's but also the 677's and 678's. Disabling the web port isn't enough. In order to keep it from happening you also need to move the port that the router listens on for web (it still listens even if its disabled). The commands to use to change it are:

    set web port (something really big but smaller than 64k) (<return>)
    write (<return>)
    reboot (<return>)

With the port changed the router just ignores stuff sent to port 80. I work for an ISP that's been getting hammered by this and the disable command is definately not enough.
Bret "

" Hi Mike,
I'm a domains admin and the lead tech at the largest independent ISP here in Utah, and we've found that the set web disabled command is not solving the Code Red Worm buffer overflow problem on the Cisco 675 DSL routers for all of our users.

We recommend a flash upgrade to 2.4.2 of the CBOS code as well as the set web disabled command. Additionally, setting the web port to something other than 80 will help. Users can do this with set web port 81 (or any other non-80 port number) at the enable prompt. Don't forget to write and reboot when done.
Hope this helps.
- Fourth Horseman "

Another reader wrote:

" Hey Mike,
Regarding the Cisco Router fix for Code Red, a friend of mine sent this to me:

With regard to the Cisco 675, the problem only exists if the router is in "routing mode" - not "bridging mode". The reason appears to be that, in bridging mode the 675 has no IP address of its own. With no IP address, there's nothing for Code Red to probe. I have no idea how many are used in which configuration, but since mine is in bridging mode, I'm unaffected.

Nonetheless, I disabled the web server on my 675 a couple weeks back, after reading something similar.

Another note, in order to make the changes to the 675, one must first enter the "enable" command.
Jim"

Just thought I'd pass it along and share.
Bob C "

This has been added to the FAQ's networking section here also.

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'Unprovoked' - Multiplayer Space Game:
Corticsoft sent word they've released a mutiplayer space game called "Unprovoked".

    " Unprovoked goes galaxies beyond where most Asteroids-clones leave off. The game features a plethora of levels, opponents, and weapons. Mission activities range from destroying space stations to escorting transport ships, all while dodging lasers, missiles and other weaponry.

    The most defining feature of Unprovoked is its multiplayer combat. Players can join games with up to hundreds of other players over the Internet or on a LAN. Cortic Software's web site provides an easy method of finding other players with its Internet Game Listing. Twitch-action dog fights have never been so ferocious.

    Unprovoked is available for download, with only minor restrictions, at www.corticsoft.com The software is available as freeware, but supporters are welcome to purchase the CD instead of simply downloading the application. "

The game requires a 180mhz PPC or better, Mac OS 8 or better, Apple Game Sprockets, 2 MB of VRAM, and a monitor capable of displaying at 800x600 resolution. Their main page notes every Friday night there will be an internet game of Unprovoked. A direct link to the 6.7MB download is http://www.corticsoft.com/downloads/unprovoked.sit.bin.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports today (total to date: 6,030). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day.]

  • TeraGlobal G4/400/2MB ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 9)
    (filed under "other" brand)
  • Powerlogix Zforce w/OWC G3/333 in 7500 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/500 in PowerCenter Pro (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/500 in 7600/120 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 G3/300 in 7600 (rated 8)
  • Apple B&W G3 OC report (350 @450mhz)

(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 Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,368 reports. [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.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Gaming:
  • Unprovoked [multiplayer space game] (cortisoft)

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