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Top stories of Jan 3rd, 2001:

Apple to Release 733MHz G4s at MWSF?
Todd Bangerter just sent a link to a Cnet article stating Apple will release 4 new G4 systems at MWSF next week, including one at 733MHz. As rumored for some time, the new systems are expected to have a 133MHz system bus, although not DDR as some had predicted. The article also comments on the PowerBook G4 rumors which are said to have no expansion bays. It will be interesting to see if these predictions come true at the Expo.
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Bring Back Woz and Other Net Commentary on Apple
I've been under the weather today so news here has been light, but there were some interesting stories in Barney Buoy's news feed tonight, including this Wired article titled Apple Reaction: Bring Back Woz?, which has more MWSF expo rumors (PB G4, faster CPUs, iMusic application) and an off-hand comment about CPUs from AMD or Transmeta, which seems really far-fetched. Businessweek has a story saying Apple users are paying the price because the company didn't encourage game developers more in the past. Games for the Mac are looking up now, with a flood of new game demos released in the last month or so, but the article makes a good point that we've played catch-up for many years (in both titles and hardware like graphics cards).
One of the more positive Apple stories today is this Businessweek article titled Can Macs in Space Reboot the Satellite Biz?.
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Apple Removes AGP Update 1.0?
The AGP 1.0 Update noted here on Dec22nd as available via the OS 9 Software Update control panel and later posted on an Apple page on Dec 27th (noted in our software updates section that day) seems to have been removed from the web. The Apple page on the AGP 1.0 Update noted it was to improve reliability with Rage128 cards. The update would not install on my rev 1 G4/AGP, and some readers said it would not install on a G4 Daul Processor/Gigabit Ethernet system (which it did for me on my Dual G4/500 w/Radeon card).
After some reader reports today that the Apple page had been pulled, I checked the file link from the Dec27th news, which generates a file not found. I have no idea why it was pulled, and never had any reader reports that it solved any problems.
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Troubleshooting Sleep Issues on USB Macs
If you've got problems waking from sleep on a USB equipped Mac, see this Apple TIL on Troubleshooting Sleep Issues.
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Clarification on EDU Dual G4/500 $1691 vs $1619 Pricing
A reader sent an explanation on the two prices noted in yesterday's news.

" I noticed the article on your Tuesday (1/2/2001) front page about academic priced dual G4 500Mhz. The price quoted by the original author of $1,691.00 is correct. This is the "academic individual", i.e., for students, faculty, or staff of an educational institution. These computers are for home use.

The other price quoted, $1,619.00, is correct for a "academic institution", i.e., the University, school, or their representative. These computers are for use at the institution.
Aaron T. Davis "

Aaron included links to these two configurations, but they contained session IDs, which time out after a short period and can't be used later.

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CBS MarketWatch Poll on Computer Stocks in 2001:
A reader noted that CBS MarketWatch currently has a poll on which company's stock will do best in 2001. (The poll is down the page on the right and requires cookies enabled in the browser to vote.) Do you think Apple's stock price will rise next year? (I think so, but then what do I know about the market, and even experts can't seem to predict it well.)
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Dual G4 Owner Comments on OS 9.1
" Hi Mike, Happy New Year...
Although 9.1 will require an update to softraid, which is my driver of choice, I have been running the release version of 9.1 for a week now on a 450 MP at work and it is very nice indeed, a fitting crown for the classic mac os,very stable, very snappy on MP systems and even though I'm as bleeding edge as they come, I expect that it will be quite some time before I can do all of the things I need my Mac to do with OS X... so this is it for the foreseeable future and I have to say "it ain't half bad"... "

We're all expecting OS 9.1 to be released at Macworld SF next week (or hoping so anyway). I've had a report that Newer Tech's CPU Upgrade software may not work with OS 9.1, but I can't verify that. (My iMac G4 MaxPowr upgrade doesn't need any software cache enabler.)

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Startup Doubler v2.6 Released:
Version 2.6, released today, adds support for Mac OS 9.1 and fixes a bug in the Installer that would sometimes prevent installation, in addition to a few other changes. Startup Doubler runs on Mac OS 9.1 and previous versions (going back to System 7.0), and supports multiple extension sets. The developer claims it speeds up startup (booting) more on older macs than the latest models. It is shareware ($20), so you can try it and judge for yourself. For more info see
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Mac Contract Programming Company Starts MacAppeal
(I'm very behind on email and didn't spot this until now)

" Hi,
Myself and 4 other Mac enthusiasts have formed Atimi Software, a Macintosh contract programming company. I've enclosed our formation press release to provide the details. I'm not sure if you publish news such as this, but I think your readers might be interested in our MacAppeal service (also outlined in the press release).

Since we believe that end users should determine what new Mac products get created, we've created a communication channel for end users to tell us what products should be ported to the Mac platform and what new features should be added to existing Mac products. We, in turn, use this information to target specific manufacturers and publishers worldwide to make an appeal (a MacAppeal) for a new Mac product on behalf of the end users. This ensures that we work on products that end users really want, and end users have some say in what Mac products actually get created.

Thanks in advance,
Steve Marks
VP Product Management
Atimi Software, Inc."

You can submit your vote at their MacAppeal page.

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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 19 new entries added (current total 2,352). 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.)

    CDROM Drives:
  • IDE Acer 50x in Beige G3
  • IDE unknown brand 52x in Beige G3
    (From Fry's, listed under "Other brands")

    DVD ROM Drives:
  • Expansion Bay VST DVDG32K in PB G3 Lombard
    (notes the drive was not bootable)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Iomega 12x/10x/32x in G3/AGP
    (very detailed report with tips/issues noted like a Iomega ZIP extension conflict, etc.)
  • Firewire Lacie 12X10X32 w/G4 PCI
  • Firewire Lacie 12X10X32 w/G4 AGP
  • IDE Ricoh rch7083a in Beige G3
  • SCSI Yamaha 8824s external w/Beige G3

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in 9600 w/PCI IDE Card
    (noted no Audio stuttering, etc.)
  • IDE Maxtor 30GB in Beige G3
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in dual G4
  • Firewire Maxtor 80GB with PB G3 2000
    (notes issues with energy saver spin-down on main HD)
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 46GB in Umax S900 w/PCI IDE card
    (noted no audio stuttering, if no other apps were running/accessing the drive)
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 2000
    (notes Firewire disk mode didn't work after the upgrade)
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 2000 (different reader)
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in iBook
  • SCSI IBM 4.5GB in Nubus Mac (6100-8100, didn't note model)
    (notes OS 7.6 drive setup didn't support the drive)
  • IDE Seagate 30GB (x3) in 9600 w/PCI IDE card
    (noted no A/V issues)

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 8 new reports (total to date: 5,010). [Entries from after midnight will be added the following day.]

  • Metabox G3/333 in 8500/120 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G3/400 in 8500/120 (rated 9)
  • OWC G3/400 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (long term update on overclocking)
  • PowerLogix Zforce w/G3/333 ZIF in 7600 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 20th Anniversary Mac (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerCenter Pro (rated 1)
    (card may be bad)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 350 ZIF in 9500/132 (rated 9)
    (updated report on overclocking)

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:

  • Quake2 (1024x768) results from Beige G3/250 using Voodoo3

Total entries in the database to date: 2,309. 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

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