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News stories of August 19th, 2002:

USB Overdrive Updated for Jaguar Compatibility
USB Overdrive has been updated to v10.0b5, compatible with OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). The info page notes that:

    " The Mac OS X version is fully functional with mouse and trackball devices, but still lacks support for joysticks and gamepads. I am working on gaming devices to make them work properly in Mac OS X 10.2. This is the only reason why I'm calling it a beta, since the mouse part is complete and stable as far as I can tell. "
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Haxial RemoteAdminTool 1.0
(from their email press release)

    " Haxial is pleased to announce the release of it's new product, Haxial RemoteAdminTool (RAT).

    RAT allows you to remotely control a computer. It is particularly useful for a computer that is being used as a server because you can administer your server even if you are not physically located in front of it. You can do the following tasks remotely over the Internet:

    * See a list of the processes running on the remote computer.
    * Exit/Terminate/Restart processes.
    * Launch programs.
    * View the display of the remote computer.
    * See how much free space there is on each hard disk.
    * Empty the trash / recycle bin.
    * Restart/shutdown the computer.
    * View how long the server has been running (uptime).

    RAT uses encryption to protect your communications. It is also cross-platform, meaning that you can use a Mac to control a Windows computer, or vice-versa.
    The product page for RAT is: "

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10.2 Security Alert Dialog When Running Norton Utils 7
(from a reader email)

    " My neighbor showed me this. I haven't had this happen in 10.1 myself. Apparently this dialog came up the very first time she ran Norton Utilities 7.0 on her 10.2 computer.
    Wayne Chang "

Wayne attached a screenshot of the dialog but it's too large to post here. The text in the dialog said:

    " The program you are using needs to use a system file that may reduce the security of your computer.

    The file "symfs.kext" has problems that may reduce the security of your computer. You should contact the manufacturer of the product you are using for a new version. If you are sure the file is OK, you can allow the application to ues it, or fix it and then use it. If you click Don't Use, any other files that depend on this file will not be used. "

Below the text are 3 buttons - "Fix and Use", "Use" and "Don't Use" (default/highlighted).

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NYTimes article on Rumors of 'iPhone' Cell Phone PDA
A reader posted a note that a NY Times article titled Apple's Chief in the Risky Land of the Handhelds (free registration required) talks about rumors of an Apple cell phone PDA called the 'iPhone". Pure speculation of course... with 'connect the dots' logic. (Note - a reader replied to this saying guess who owns '' ;-)
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SilverCreator 1.0 Game Creation Software
(from their press release dated yesterday)

    " SilverNetworks releases SilverCreator v1.0
    SilverNetworks today released the final version of it's free game creation program, SilverCreator. SilverCreator enables anyone with Mac OS 7.5.5 - Mac OS X to create and develop your very own games for the Macintosh at a price that can't be beat. Creating a game is as simple as drawing some graphics, typing some text, clicking some buttons, and compiling!

    Advanced developers can take advantage of the powerful event-based scripting language to create advanced and engaging games. Full QuickTime support is included (including Flash and QuickTime VR support) as well as a fast sprite system with transparency support. You can even create online games where 2 players can play over the internet, with the built-in and easy to use socket support.

    One you've made your game, you can compile it for Classic PPC, Mac OS X (Carbon), and even for 68K machines. Unlike other game creators, there are no royalty fees on games you create - you are free to give them away or charge any price you see fit.

    You can download SilverCreator now for OS 7.5.5 - 9.2.2 and Mac OS X by going to All of the runtime packages are included for easy compiling. "

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Apple Store in Soho Robbed?
An email from the PBzone noted they have a story from a reader saying the Apple store in Soho was robbed over the weekend.
One of the readers here replied to this post saying:

    "Hi Mike!...
    To confirm the Apple SoHo store robbery - I walked by the store yesterday morning and it was obviously closed to the public but filled with a few of NYC's finest (police). Another interesting tidbit is that Apple Store employees with black shirts were waiting outside, locked out of the store while white/gray shirted employees talked to police inside...
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$199 'Family' 5 License Jaguar appears at Apple site
Last Wednesday I posted a note about a WSJ article that mentioned a $199 5 license 'Family' version of 10.2 but I couldn't find any info on this offer at Apple. Dustin sent an email Friday (just found it) that noted it's now listed at Apple's OS X news page. He later wrote that if you search the Apple store for "family" it will be the first item listed in software.
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Article on Notebooks of the Future
Cnet has a story today discussing future Notebook computer designs, including the use of 'supercapacitors' and a methane based fuel cartridge instead of batteries. (Sounds radical but the article noted Intel has invested in companies developing both technologies.)
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Gateway to Release iMac Competitor on Aug. 26th is reporting Gateway is going to release their LCD based/all-in-one Profile4 next week to compete with the iMac. Three models are said to be available with prices from $999 to $1,999. (Previous AIO design PCs have not done well in my opinion - Dell and others have dropped designs in the past apparently due to poor sales.)
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 22 new reports added since Friday. 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 8,174. reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (noted new Dual G4/867 model)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A04J in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drive Reports
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (no itunes3 support) DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Hitachi GD-7000 in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (new G4 tower model - noted drive tray fit problem.)
  • IDE HI-VAL HDVD16A-16R (LTD-163D) 16x/40x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Hival filed under "other brands" but I suspect it's really a Lite-On mechanism)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1202 4.8x/32X in Beige G3 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8240B 24x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • LG GCE-8240B 24x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted)
  • Lite-On 40125S 40x12x48x in G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Lite-On 40125S 40x12x48x in G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS X)
    (noted not bootable in Yikes)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S (40x12x48x) in PowerWave using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
  • Lite-On LTR-16102B (16x10x40x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (boot issues noted if the drive isn't set to slave with no other drive connected on the cable)
  • Plextor 16x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX185A1 (32x10x40x) in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
  • Teac CD-W540E (40x12x48) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (updated report on various extension/slowdown issues)
  • Teac CD-W524E (didn't note speed) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (can't burn CDs)
  • Yamaha CRW2100E 16x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (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 Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-40125 40x12x48x in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 120GXP 80GB in Dual G4 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Maxtor D740X 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (odd problems noted with recognizing OS X 10.0 CD after drive swap, 10.1 CD recognized)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)
  • Western Digital WD1200BBRTL 120GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu MHL2300AT 30GB in FW Case used w/G4 AGP (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 today with 3 new reports. (Total to date: 7,355). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here's a summary of the update (does not include updates/added comments to previous reports):

  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 1)
  • XLR8 G3/400 in 7500/100 (rated 8)
  • Beige G3/266 OC report (problems at higher speeds)

(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 two more reviews of Undying and another review of Run. Total Reviews (all titles): 957. 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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