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Top stories of Dec. 18th, 2001:

Internet Explorer 5.1 Browser Update for Classic:
Microsoft has released a 5.1 version of IE for classic (pre-OS X) today, but lists only the following description of the changes from 5.0x:

    "Now is the time to upgrade! Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac is much lighter on its feet, with plenty of bug fixes and impressive new stability and versatility. "

Download IE 5.1 for Classic here.

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Apple posts Automated Scripts for iTunes 2.03 (OS X and OS 9)
Apple has download links to scripts to automate functions for iTunes 2.03 at Here's a list of the script functions:

  • Add to iTunes Library -- a droplet for adding dragged on files or folders of files to the iTunes library. Supported file types include: AIFF, MIDI and MP3 files.
  • Build CD Tray Insert -- uses AppleWorks 6.2.2 to automatically build a CD Tray Insert from the selected playlist
  • CDDB Search by Album, CDDB Search by Artist, CDDB Search by Song Title -- searches the CDDB database using the info of the selected track
  • CDNOW Search by Album, CDNOW Search By Artist, CDNOW Search by Song Title -- searches the CDNOW database using the info of the selected track
  • Copy Chosen EQ to Manual Preset -- copies the EQ settings of a chosen preset to the manual settings
  • Delete Selected Track Files -- deletes tracks and the track files from selected tracks
  • Duplicate Selected Track Files -- duplicates the selected track files to a chosen destination
  • eMusic Search by Album, eMusic Search by Artist, eMusic Search by Song Title -- searches the eMusic database using the info of the selected track
  • Enable|Disable Selected Tracks -- enables or disables selected tracks
  • iPod Library Summary -- creates a summary list of the tracks on your iPod
  • Library Summary -- creates a summary list of the tracks in your iTunes library
  • Loop Track Section -- this script uses the current playback position in the current track to set the start and end of a loop. Move the playback indicator to the beginning of the loop section, run the script and set the start point. Move the playback to the end of the loop section, run the script and set the end point. Run the script a last to play the section in a loop. To stop, use the Application Menu to switch to the script and quit it.
  • Make Playlist By Artist -- will create a playlist containing all the tracks of a chosen artist
  • Open Scripts folder -- open the Scripts folder in the iTunes folder
  • Play Random Track -- will play a random track
  • Remove Missing Tracks -- will remove every track whose file is missing on disk
  • Remove Playlists From Source -- will delete all the playlists from a chosen source
  • Replace Text In Track Names -- use this script to find/change text in track names
  • Rewind Track -- will move the playback indicator to the start of the track
  • Search Track Comments -- will search the comment field of tracks and make a playlist containing the matching tracks
  • Set Genre to Specific EQ -- will set the EQ setting of all tracks in a specified genre to a specified preset
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GamePad Companion 1.2 for OS X Update:
    "This new version adds the the ability to use your gaming device to control the mouse cursor, mouse buttons, and scroll wheel. It also now includes an auto-fire option as well as the option to turn off key-repeat. GamePad Companion 1.2 also has better filtering so that unwanted device elements do not show up in the element pop-up. Multi-Device support now works with two devices that are of the same model. Version 1.2 also adds auto detection of added/removed devices, as well as auto detection of selecting control elements when configuring a device. Along with all of these changes, version 1.2 has a new and improved user interface."

Download the update at

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Apple TILs on Importing and Exporting Email Addresses in OS X:
For those that don't check the page on Apple TILs, here's direct links to:

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GameRanger 2.1.4 Update Includes OS X Coca Games Support
Here's the list of changes:

  • Extensive changes to support new server back-end
  • Games can now be selected manually
  • Mac OS X Cocoa games can now be selected
  • Account creation and e-mail address changing now simplified
  • Buddy and ignore lists and some other preferences are now stored on the server

Get the update at

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Article Hints at 'New Revolutionary Product' from Apple at MWSF:
A reader post in the forums links to a story today titled Apple to launch 'revolutionary' new product that comments on a new consumer product that is "innovative, revolutionary and different" based on an invitation sent to journalists in the Netherlands late last week. There are all sorts of rumors on new Apple software for OS X as well as new systems (G5s, flat-panel iMacs, etc.). If even half the rumors are true, Macworld SF could be one of the most interesting Expos in a long long time.
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More Comments on Scanner Software 'Disabled on G5 Processors'
Yesterday's news had a note that the VueScan page at has a comment that:

    "Please note that the shareware version of VueScan is disabled on PowerPC G5 processors."

A reader sent an interesting comment from the author of the software:

" Mike,
Thought you would be interested in the response I just got from Hamrick:

(Question:) Did you guys just screw the pooch and confirm that Apple is coming out with a PowerMac G5?

    " I regret to say that I'm not able to provide any information about this.
    Ed Hamrick"

Interesting, don't you think.
Herb Massey "

This adds more fuel to the fire regarding expectations there will be a "G5" (or at least 7460) CPU based system announced at Macworld SF next month.

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Apple Comments on PowerBook G4s Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Upgrade:
[Update - on 12/19 Apple posted a PB G4 Combo Drive Upgrade page with details on how PB G4/550 and PB G4/667 owners can buy the combo drive for $299 starting in mid-January.]
Yesterday's news had a note that all new Powebook G4s now have a Combo DVD/CDRW drive (8x CDR + 8x CDRW+ 8x DVD ROM) standard. A reader sent a note that an Apple employee has posted a comment that a $299 upgrade will be offered in mid-January for previous buyers of the PB G4/550 and PB G4/667 models.

    "Apple announced that it has made slot-loading Combo drives standard across its entire award-winning Titanium PowerBook G4 notebook line.

    Starting January 14, 2002, Apple will also offer current PowerBook G4 550MHz and 667MHz owners the opportunity to upgrade their existing DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive to the new Combo drive for $299 US. The PowerBook G4 Combo Upgrade Program will be offered worldwide from January 14 - March 30, 2002. Customers should check the Apple web site at starting January 14 for further details on how to place an order.
    AppleCare Discussions"

Here's the link (to the apple discussions forum thread )
Good news for those of us early adopters!
Jeffrey W., M.D., Ph.D."

I asked if he knew if the drive would be user installed or if the $299 cost included installation by a (local) Apple dealer. (I suspect the former).

I suspect this drive would also fit the PB G4/400 and 500mhz models, but the offer seems limited to 550/667 buyers based on the comments.

For those wondering if this drive would fit in a Cube, a reader sent a note that the Cube uses a notebook type slotted drive with a power/interface cable adapter, which addresses the issue I noted earlier about notebook CD drives using a different IDE cable that includes power and IDE interface in one cable - so perhaps the new Powerbook Combo drive would work in a Cube.

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Listing of CF/Smartmedia USB Readers that worked with ZIO! OS X drivers
Yesterday's news had a note that a reader sent saying his Kodak USB CompactFlash carder included with his Kodak DC215 camera worked in OS X using the ZIO! drivers (available at Several other readers replied to the post with reports on the drivers with their brands/models of CF readers.

(Listing updated 12/19/2001)

    Reported Working:
  • eFilm USB Compact Flash Reader-Writer that's included in the Nikon Coolpack II Accessory kit (eFilm PN# DDReader-2)
  • Smart media USB device branded 'Buffalo' (no model details)
  • Datawise USB CF reader (the owner said it is a SCM Microsystems based product)

    Readers That Didn't Work
  • SIIG Smartmedia US2216
  • IBM CF reader (actually made by Apricorn the owner said)
  • SmartMedia reader ( Shuttle Technology per ASP) that came with an Olympus D360
  • Lexar USB Trimedia reader model GS-UFD-20SA-TP
  • Lexar Jumpshot USB compactflash reader
  • SanDisk SDDR-05 and SDDR-09
    (Apple notes only the SanDisk SDDR-31 model is supported in OS X 10.1 per this TIL on camera/reader compatibility, but one reader noted the SDDR-05 worked if there was a card inserted before the system was booted.)

If any other readers try the drivers with their unsupported USB CompactFlash or Smartmedia readers (using the appropriate ZIO driver for the card type), let me know.

One ZIO! CF reader owner noted that it caused a kernel panic if plugged into the keyboard USB port of a DP800 system (w/OS X 10.1.1), but not when plugged directly into the PB G4's USB ports.

(I've added the ZIO drivers info to the FAQ's OS X section which also has a link/note on what Digital Cameras and card readers are supported by the standard install of OS X 10.1.)

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More Reader Reports on Crack in PB G4 Display Latch Plastic:
Several other readers replied to yesterday's post noting they too have seen a crack in the PB G4 display latch area (see this image) Again I don't know how common this problem is but I didn't have any cracks develop on my PB G4/400 (bought in Feb. 2001) but have seen a few others report it in the PB G4 mail list.
One reader with an iBook noted he had a plastic crack repaired under warranty after having it serviced by a local Apple repair shop (who verified it was not caused by abuse.) Not sure if this is typical (getting plastic repaired under warranty) but just a FYI on what one reader reported.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 18 new reports added this 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, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 5,827 reports. [Entries after Midnight are added the following newsday morning.]
(Note - ** Please include your CD/CDRW Drive Speed in the entry **. And Please do not post questions in the database, use email for that and check the database and articles here for answers/tips/guides first. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, etc. are deleted.)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Reports
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 [on IDE PCI Card] in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)

    Combo CDRW+DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 8X8X32 + DVD8X used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.1)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • Firewire SD-M1612 (16x/48x) [IDE drive in Firewire case] used w/iBook 2001 (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40 used w/iMac (OS 9.2)
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40 in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Ricoh RW8040A in iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (didn't note drive speed rating...)
  • Sony CRX175A 24x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Sony CRX160E/A1 12x/8x/32x in B&W G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Reports
  • Freecom Portable II 8x4x32 used w/iMac slot loading (OS X server)
    (freecom listed under "other" brands)
  • Lacie 24x10x40x used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    [noted Teac mechanism, no iTunes support]
  • Lite-On 24x10x40x (in FW case) used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.2)
    [don't think he installed Authoring Support 1.1.5 update]
  • Que 24x10x40x [IDE drive in Pyro FW case] used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (Drive not a Sanyo mechanism, no iTunes support)

    SCSI CDRW Reports
  • Yamaha 8424S (8x4x24x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    USB CDRW Reports
  • iMation 4x4x6 used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.1)
    (noted not iTunes compatible)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Western Digital Caviar 40GB in G4 no AGP [Yikes] (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital 100GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Maxtor 3000 DV 80GB used w/B&W G3 (OS 8.6)
    (noted problems with Palm extensions)
  • Seagate 80GB (OWC Elite) used w/7300 (OS 9.1)

You can find full owner reports 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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,520). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G3/466 in iMac (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G4/350 in 7600 (rated 9)

(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:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included another review of Carmegeddon 2. Total Reviews (all titles): 806. 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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links

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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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