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Top stories of Jan 1, 2001:

PowerBook G3 Prices also Cut Today - PB G3/500 now $2199:
Another reader replied to the earlier post on G4 system price cuts to note that the Apple Store has lowered prices on the PowerBook G3/400 and G3/500 to $1999 and $2199 respectively. That's a huge price cut on the PB G3/500 from the original price. (I reviewed the PB G3/500 here last spring). I can't wait to see what is announced at MWSF.
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Using Sherlock to Delete Temporary Items:
A reader replied to the reminder on wasted disk space due to leftover files in the Temporary Items folder with a note that you don't need utils like Eradicator to remove them.

" I'm running OS 8.6 and I found another way to get rid of left over Temporary files. Using Sherlock, search for "temporary". This will return the Temporary Items folder in the search results. Even though the folder is "grayed out", you can still drag items from inside of it to the trash. As you pointed out for using Eradicator, this is advisable only after a clean boot with no other apps running.
Bob"

Apple also posted an Applescript routine in a TIL that would trash the files as well if I remember correctly. I had always assumed this issue was with OS 9 only.

(In this news update I've also added the latest updates to the Drive Compatibility, CPU Upgrades and Video card performance databases - see below)

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Apple Cuts Prices on G4 Towers and G4/450 Cube:
A reader noted the Apple Store today has sharp price cuts on G4 Towers - the G4 400/64MB/20GB /DVD ROM is now $1,299, the Dual G4 450/128MB/30GB/DVD ROM is $1,999, and the Dual G4 500/256MB/40GB/DVD RAM is $2,499. The low end G4 Cube also has a price cut to $1,499. A reader noted he could not seem to revise configurations such as adding more RAM, or selecting a Radeon card, etc. (Note: The previous rebates expired Dec 31st, 2000 which were up to $500 on a dual G4/500 system.) The general opinion is these price cuts are to clear out inventory for possible new systems to be announced at MacWorld San Francisco next week.
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Sonnet G3 Price Cuts at OWC:
Site sponsor OWC wrote

" Hi Mike,
Happy New Year!!
We have some new lower pricing on a few Sonnet products.

Crescendo G3/NuBus
Sonnet C61-G3-1M-266 (SCG260) $228.95, was $247.95
Sonnet C61-G3-1M-300 (SCG300) $268.95, was $297.95

Crescendo G3/L2
Sonnet BG3-500-1M (SGB500) $498.95, was $589.00
Sonnet B4G3-300-1M (SGP300C1) $228.95, was $247.95

All are listed on our site, here's the direct link for the Sonnet products.
Jamie Dresser
Other World Computing"

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Better Deal on Pre-Orders for Mac ONI Full Version:
A reader replied to the post on Ebworld Oni pre-orders noting that Outpost.com (enter Oni in search box) is also taking preorders for Mac Oni for the same price, but includes free overnight shipping (in the USA at least).
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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new entries posted this morning (current total 2,327). Entries from after midnight are added the following day. Note: I've added "Firewire to SCSI Adapter" as an interface type. I welcome reports on drives used with adapters. (Please note the adapter brand/model and if the drive was bootable in your comments.)

    Tape Drives:
  • SCSI Sony SDT-S9000 12/24GB External w/6100

    Removable Media Drives:
  • IDE Fujitsu MCC3064AP 680MB in G4/AGP
  • IDE (ATAPI) OEM (PC) ZIP 100 in Beige G3 (All-in-One)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Iomega 12x/10x/32x in 9x00 Mac w/VST PCI IDE card
  • Firewire to SCSI Adapter w/Yamaha 4416S and G4/AGP
  • SCSI Lacie 12/10/32 External w/Beige G3
  • IDE Ricoh MP7083A-DP in ADS Firewire case w/iMac Rage128 Pro (2000 model)
    (filed under Firewire interface category)
  • SCSI Yamaha CRW2100SZ 16/10/40 w/G4 AGP
  • SCSI Yamaha CRW2100SZ 16/10/40 w/PowerCenter Pro

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 30GB in Beige G3
    (using this 1998 install guide)
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 46GB in B&W G3 rev 1
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
    (replaced IDE CDROM w/SCSI one to allow 2nd IDE drive)
  • SCSI Quantum Atlas III 18GB in 8500
    (OWC drive w/68 to 50pin adapter)
  • Update to Dec 24th report on Samsung IDE drive in B&W G3 ZIP bay, noting the drive failed within a week or so. (unknown if this was a random failure or overheating . Apple does not reccomend hard drives be mounted in the ZIP bay, although he noted he'd run a Seagate drive there for some time)

You can find these full reports by searching the database with the drive/brand/mac models listed above selected (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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Database Updates:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 9 new reports (total to date: 4,999). [Entries from after midnight will be added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in 8600/300 (rated 2)
  • Newer Tech G3/216 in PB 1400 (rated 9)
    (Note: PB 1400 upgrades are filed under "Newer Tech" model, not "Newer Tech PB G3 Upgrade" category, which is for the PB G3 models)
  • Newer Tech PB G3/466 upgrade in PB G3 Wallstreet 2 (rated 5)
  • OWC G3/466 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 1)
  • PowerLogix G3/250 in PowerCurve (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 8600/300 (rated 9)

  • Apple Beige G3/266 OC report

You can find these 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)

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Video Card Game/Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
Updates to the Mac Game/Video Card Performance database included:

  • CineBench 2000 w/9600/350 w/Voodoo5 PCI
  • CineBench 2000 w/Beige G3 w/Rage128 Orion
  • UT Wicked 400 (800x600 tests w/various ROM/driver versions) w/Beige G3 and Voodoo3

(Entries after midnight are added the following day.) Total entries in the database to date: 2,308. If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

    Apple TIL Updates:
    (none today)

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