News Archive for: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 (later posted items first)
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TransGaming's Cider Mac portability engine
Eddie sent a link to TransGaming's Cider Mac portability engine, which they claim "video game developers and publishers can extend their content to the Intel Macs quickly, cost-effectively, and with little to no effort on their part". (Almost sounds too good to be true...) They also have a FAQ on Cider.
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Latest Reports on Belkin F5D7000, LinkSys WMP54GS Wireless PCI Cards w/native Airport Support
(Update - Although it may not be common, a Quicksilver owner report in the Sept. 12th, 2006 news page reported problems with the Belkin F5D7000 card (both version 5000 and 6000), despite Belkin's product page still showing OS X support.)

" Hi, I just thought I'd add to the info you posted about the Linksys card being Airport compatible - the Belkin F5D7000 PCI card is also Airport (3.x and later) compatible, and is also sold at Wal-Mart, usually for $34.99. Works perfectly with my GigE Dual G4 tower with OS X 10.4.7.
(I asked Matt if the card had a "revision" or version number-Mike)
I believe mine was a v5000 - it was purchased about half a year ago for a PC but ended up in my G4 tower - i have no way of verifying for sure because i just sold the tower. my guess is that the v6000 just came out and there was some leftover v5000 stock. at any rate, belkin's website still states it as being compatible with mac os x...
-Matt "

Note: Several reader mails in Sept. 2006 mentioned that F5D7000 v3000 and 4000 models were Airport 3.x compatible but 5000 and later models were NOT. (The version number of the card was not marked on the box a reader said, so I'd only buy one from a retail store that had easy returns as most stock now is probably a later version.) The F5D7000 was first reported as compatible here back in the July 27th 2004 news page. Belkin's page for the F5D7000 ($34.99 list) shows Mac compatibility w/OS X 10.2.6 or later w/Airport 3.x or later. (The FAQ's networking section has past reports on other models/brands of PCI/PCcards also, although some may have changed chipsets now. The May 4th, 2005 news page also had a list of networking cards/Tiger compatiblity.)
An earlier post on a Linksys card follows, but I'd prefer the Belkin card personally:

" I have been looking around for a compatible wireless card for my Gigabit Ethernet machine, and stumbled across the Linksys WMP54GS.
(I asked him to check the box for a Linksys "revision" number, as most PC wireless network card vendors (especially Linksys) are infamous for revising cards over time, often with different chipsets. (Many times I've posted on various broadcom chip based cards here and shortly thereafter the cards are 'revised' with a different chipset.) At least with a local store, you often have the ability to return it easily.-Mike) It is version 1.1.
It was on sale at my local Wal-Mart for $44.00, and works with OSX's built in drivers (10.2.6/Airport 3.x or later), as it is based on the Broadcom chipset. Perhaps that can be of help to someone looking for a compatible PCI adapter.
Cheers, Jeremiah R. "

(If your Mac has an Airport card installed, remove it before using a native compatible PCI Wireless card, as most broadcom chip based (native support) cards use the Airport prefs pane for configuring.)

I searched wallmart.com and found no hits on Linksys WMP54GS, but they did show the Linksys WMP54G but the photo shows a different card/design than the current Linksys website page on the WMP54GS. But I've seen Walmart stores have different items (and prices) than the online store.

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iMac G5 Hard Drive Upgrade/Apple How-To Manuals
(from a drive db report today)

"ST3320620AS (Barracuda 7200.10) SATA , onboard SATA. this drive is at a low price (less than 100 Euros) here in Europa, so it's a very interesting purchase in order to upgrade the original 80 GB HD from this iMac G5 1.8 Ghz / 17" / 1GB RAM, (running 10.3.9)
You can find the "do it yourself" manual there : http://www.apple.com/support/manuals/imac/index.html
Very easy, just a few screws and it's done.
Then I mounted the original 80 GB SATA in an old Firewire External case modified with a SATA to IDE bridge, connected to iMac and used Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 in order to clone the original datas, rebooted, repaired authorisations (just in case of) ... and everything is working nicely.

As some users reported waking from sleep problems with older Barracuda 7200.9 (re: appx 90 sec. delay after wake from sleep w/7200.9 drives with firmware before 3.AAH. Not an issue with 7200.10 drives as far as I know, although I had someone report lower performance with onboard SATA vs external SATA/PCI card use with a 7200.10.-Mike), I tested it : the drive is usable immediately.
I use Barracuda 7200.10 (ATA & SATA) in external Firewire cases and in an old (Digital Audio) G4/533 with SATA-PCI card without any problems.
-Philippe"

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Google Picasa Web Albums Beta for Mac
Matthew sent word there's a Google Picasa Web Albums Beta for Mac:

" Google Picasa Web Albums
Now there are two ways to upload your photos to Picasa Web Albums -- from directly within iPhoto or using drag-and-drop from a standalone application.

For iPhoto users
The Picasa Web Albums Exporter lives right inside iPhoto. Select photos, choose Export in the File or Share menu, and upload them directly to your web album.

For a standalone application
Use the Picasa Web Albums uploader -- just drag photos from the Finder and click the Upload button.

Requirements:
- You must have a Picasa Web Albums account to use the Exporter or Uploader.
- Requires OS X 10.4 or later."

They also have a related FAQ/Help page.

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Apple Teams Up With Ford, GM & Mazda To Deliver iPod Integration
Apple has a press release today on Teaming Up With Ford, GM & Mazda To Deliver iPod Integration:

" Apple has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models, making it easy for iPod users to enjoy and control their iPodís high-quality sound through their carís stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration "
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Other Net News/Misc. Software Updates
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