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News stories of Dec. 4th, 2002:

Televio TV PCI Card
Dominique Gasser sent a link to a PCI TV card with remote called "Televio" at http://www.meilenstein.de/meilenstein/2_Produkte/1/ (page is in German - here is a google translated English version.) See the features list there (notes PAL format only, not NTSC) - requires OS 9.2.1 or later, OS X 10.1.5 or later and Quicktime 5 or later and a B&W G3 or later Mac. Price on the "Shop" page was noted as 129 EUR.
(Update) Dominique later wrote regarding the software for the card being compatible with some commonly available PC TV Tuner PCI cards:

" I haven't actually finished the previous mail but incidentally pushed the return key, so here's what i wanted to point at:
The software is also compatible to the 2 following cards (mentioned in the Q&A ( http://www.meilenstein.de/meilenstein/4_Support/1/content)

  • LifeView FlyVideo 3000
  • Elta 8641 LV

Both of them are quite common (also cheap, less than 100$) for wintels and use the same Philips SAA7134 chip like televio. There are LifeView FlyVideo 3000 cards with NTSC support but with the SAA7133 chip, so maybe it's worth an email to meilenstein.
greets from switzerland
Dominique "

Another reader also wrote about the software and other cards:

"Hi, Saw this item and my first thought was "Yes a PCI TV card driver for OS X! I wonder if it will work with my ProTV?". I downloaded their software but it didn't recognize my card (original Pro TV with non-PCI audio).
However upon checking their support page (thanks Google translator) they mention support for several 3rd party cards:

    "The following products are compatible after our level of knowledge with Televio: (data without guarantee)

    * LifeView FlyVideo 3000
    * Elta 8641 LV

    According to customer data the also following product is to be compatible:
    * Medion "PCI Stereo TV/FM radio Tuner map" (available with Aldi south in May 2002)

    The map with the same designation, available with Aldi north in December 2002, is mt the current software not compatibly, we examines an adjustment.

    * Formac ProTV is incompatible to our software, an adjustment is intended."

So it would seem that a future version of the software will (may) work with my Formac, I really hope so - I'd love to be able to watch TV on OS X, and it seems like such a waste of money to throw out a perfectly good TV card just because Formac is too cheap to write an updated driver for it
Rory"

Although I don't think it's shipping yet, the Pixela PCI TV Tuner/MPEG2 Capture Card mentioned in our Nov. 13th news page looks attractive to me...

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Apple IP over Firewire Preview Release
(*Note* as of Friday night, Dec 6th - the Apple URL below no longer is valid and the download has been removed.)
Although I've not tried it and probably won't in the current form, Apple's Firewire Developer page has a page with a Preview Release of IP over Firewire. Here's a clip from the page:

"Now the IP over FireWire Preview Release adds support for using the Internet Protocol - commonly known as TCP/IP - over FireWire. With this software installed, Macintosh computers and other devices can use existing IP protocols and services over FireWire, including AFP, HTTP, FTP, SSH, etc. In all cases, Rendezvous can be used if desired for configuration, name resolution, and discovery.

The preview release adds a new Kernel Extension that hooks into the existing network services architecture. Using the existing Network Preferences Pane, users can add FireWire as their IP network node to connect and communicate between two machines.

Now developers interested in using the Internet Protocol (IP) over FireWire may download the IP over FireWire Preview Release."

The Apple page has a form for downloading the PR release.

There's a previous commercial product called FireNet from Unibrain, sometimes bundled on the PC side with some products like Creative Lab's Audigy sound cards w/FW port that also had this capability. Some comments here from mac users I think a year or more ago that didn't sound very positive, but that was a very early version. I never kept up with it personally. (They note OS 9 and OS X compatibility, see the linked page for more info if you're interested... but it's not free of course.)

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Nascar Racing 2002 for Mac in Duplication
Today Aspyr's web site's "Upcoming game status" page link notes that Nascar Racing 2002 Season is in duplication and is expected to ship this month. The Mac version should include support for Force-Feedback USB Steering Wheel controllers also. (Game will be OS X only I believe.) Until Aspyr has a product page online, for more info on Nascar 2002, see the official Sierra website at http://www.sierra.com/games/nascar2002/.
(Update) Westlake Interactive has a news page on Mac Nascar 2002 with more details and this quote from programmer Duane Johnson:

"NASCAR has been the most challenging, but also most rewarding game I've done. Porting the physics engine was especially difficult since the PC version has an on the fly assembler that required I rewrite the engine in C & AltiVec. It was also very cool getting to be the first game with Immersion Force Feedback; I think it makes the driving come alive."
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Another iMac G4 17in LCD Owner Comments on Dual Monitor Support Hack
(the 2nd email from an iMac G4 17" owner - Monday's news had a more detailed report from an iMac G4 17" owner.)

" hello, following the instructions of a "subpage of http://macparts.de/ibook." for modifying the OpenFirmware of my iMac 800/17" LCD, now monitor- spanning works fine without any problems; the iMac display works with its "native" high-resolution, and the 19"CRT works up to 1280X1024/75Hz in million colours - under MacOS X.
-- Best regards , Jens Olsson "

Note this firmware hack hasn't always been successful even for some iBook 2002 owners (although only a few had major problems - several did, requiring Apple service to fix. See the previous page of reports on the firmware mod for past reports, tips, etc.)

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Reader Comments on Amazon 20GB iPod Price/Special Offers
(from a recent reader email - I wince at posting amazon rebate info based on past history...)

Not a real news item, but I just ordered a 20 Gig iPod from Amazon. They have it discounted to $474, plus you get $50 back if you also buy an iRock wireless adapter and a Griffin auto adapter, for a total price of $473.03 I don't know how long the discount lasts.
Other iPods may be discounted also, but I don't know.
Sincerely,
Richard W"

I'm overloaded here in mail so I have not checked their site for terms, conditions, expiration dates, etc. on this offer - just posting it as a FYI for someone that may want one for Xmas...

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 4 new reports this morning. Total to date: 7,794 (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • MetaBox G3/300 in 7600/120 (rated 3)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4 800 in G4/350 AGP (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G4 1GHz in G4/400 AGP (didn't select a rating)

(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/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 7 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, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 9,184 reports.

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Teac CD-W540E (40x12x48) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (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.)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Iomega ZIPCD used w/iBook (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S (40x12x48) in FW case used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    Expansion Bay Hard Drive Reports:
  • VST expansion bay 6GB in PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.1)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Western DigitalWD600BBRTL 60GB in iMac Slot Loading (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD2000JLRTL 200GB in iMac Slot Loading (OS X)
    (Note - no large drive support for OS X - intech's drivers add large drive support for OS 9 and earlier but not OS X yet at least. To date, only MDD G4s have large drive support standard. IDE PCI ATA/133 controllers are another option - but not for iMacs or other macs w/o a PCI slot.)

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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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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