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Top stories of Jan 2, 2001:

EDU Buyer Tip - How to Get a New G4/500 Dual Processor System for $1619
Two readers in the last 24 hours have reported that unlike the standard Apple Store G4 systems after the price cut, Education (students, etc.) buyers can modify the options on the system such as graphics card, RAM, etc.. One reader noted it was possible (for EDU buyers) to get a stripped down dual G4/500 for under $1700 (!). [Note - a different reader later sent a screenshot showing the EDU system price as described below would be $1619, not $1691, so perhaps the Liam transposed the last 2 digits.]

" I noticed you mentioned that the BTO options for G4 towers are gone with the new price cuts. What I found is that if you login as an educational user they are still there. You can then config a stripped 400mhz machine, take away the modem, and upgrade to a Dual 500MHZ processor and you get a 2X 500mhzG4 for $1691!! Cheap! Throw in some discount ram and a giant cheap IDE hard drive and you can have a killer box for under $2k...
Now if only I had more room on the creditcard...

This makes me wince when I remember I paid about $2800 (including tax) for my stripped down G4/500 with Radeon (64MB/20GB/Modem/DVD ROM) back in October. Buy in haste, repent in leisure.

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Quake 3 Urban Terror Total Conversion v1.27:
Get the complete (appx 70MB) 1.27 Mac installer at this VersionTracker page and there's also 3 different download links at the web site has all the info, screenshots, etc. on the game.
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Powerlogix Lowers Prices on G3/G4 Upgrades and Firewire Cards
PowerLogix today announced price reductions on their PowerForce G3/G4 CPU upgrades and their RapidFire FireWire/USB combo card. (The Bluechip and iMac upgrades pricing has not changed.) See their press release for more details.
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Drivers for SCSI Toshiba DVD ROM Drives:
If you're having a problem getting a SCSI Toshiba DVD ROM drive to work with the standard Apple extensions, see the FAQ's DVD section for a link to drivers (free) that have been reported to work with Toshiba SCSI drives.
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IE 5 Download Cache Cleanup Tips:
There was a forum thread and news post here recently on the fact that IE's download cache (not the same as the browser cache) can get huge in some cases (he reported over 1GB, some other readers reported 300-400MB). Rather than manually deleting it one reader noted that setting the IE prefs option to "immediately remove items after they have been downloaded" (in the Preferences, Download section) helps. Reader Bob Friede sent another tip:

" Mike-
Here's a HyperCard stack which will delete the cache or back it up, and optionally delete IE's history file as well. It's aptly called "IE Amnesia," written by Angelo Scicolone, and available from I use it in one machine with IE 5 as the browser. Works great.
Bob Friede"
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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 6 new entries posted this morning (current total 2,333). 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.)

    Combo DVD ROM/CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1002 in G4/AGP

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Iomega 12/10/32 in B&W G3
  • IDE Teach CD-W54EK-4 in Beige G3
  • SCSI APS 12x/4x/32x in Beige G3

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 10GB in PB G3 Wallstreet2
    (even 10GB IBM drives have the magnetic sensor issue with Wallstreets)
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in B&W G3 rev 1
    (he used the cable flip reader tip, problems noted)

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 3 new reports (total to date: 5,002). [Entries from after midnight will be added the following day.]

  • Metabox G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    (copper 3.1 rev CPU in rev A Beige w/rev B ROM update, noted problems in some apps/games and included tips on workarounds)
  • OWC G3/450 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (rev B, noted having to swap a copper chip for Alum. for stability)
  • PowerLogix G3/366 in 7500 (rated 10)

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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