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Top stories of Jan. 02, 2002 (slow day...):

Update to Oni Patch for OS X:
Dated Dec. 31st , Omnigroup has a v1.33 update to their patch for running Oni under OS X. The changes listed are:

  • Fixed texture rendering bugs on NVIDIA cards (causing black heads for Konoko, Strikers, etc.)
  • Correctly restore mouse speed on exit
  • Only capture the active displays, working around a system bug where inactive displays would be captured but never released on exit, preventing subsequent play until a reboot
  • Fixed most reported crashes
  • The physics reflection code no longer tries to call a callback which was never initialized
  • When an AI enters combat when it has no knowledge of a target, it will try to find a target rather than crashing (and if it can't find one it won't enter target)
  • Implemented guard functions to make the sound code thread-safe, fixing lots of crashes in the sound code

Get it at

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Orange Micro releases USB 2.0 Card Drivers for OS X:
Owners of OM's USB 2.0 controllers cards can get drivers for OS X at
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More Apple Hints of New Products at MWSF:
Over the last few days Apple's web site front page has posted teasers about next week's Macworld SF expo announcements. (Today they're noting "Beyond the rumors sites. Way beyond".) Expectations are high - some think maybe too high (citing the iPod pre-announcement PR as an example) . Only time will tell, but I think (hope) that the announcements there will be well received.
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Readers Meeting at Macworld SF:
I won't be able to attend the show, but some readers of the site have suggested everyone try to meet at OWC's booth at 2PM on the first day of the Expo. I don't know how many readers of this site will be there, but if you attend and would like to meet other readers, stop by OWC's Booth (# 2433) at 2PM on January 8th.
(Update - I just received word there's no way I can have site t-shirts made in time for the the give-away shirt contest at MWSF is impossible.)
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(OT) Nvidia Stock Best Performing in 2001 - Will MWSF Announcements Boost Apple Stock Prices?

Hindsight is always 20/20 and I don't have the funds to play the stock market, but Cnet reported recently that Nvidia was named top stock for 2001, seeing its shares more than quadruple, making it the year's best performer in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.
A forum post wonders if Apple's stock price will rise after the Macworld S.F. announcements based on expectations of new hardware and software to be unveilded there. Stock speculation can be risky however, especially with computer mfr. stocks.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 22 new reports added today. 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 6,021 reports! [Entries from today 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 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (2nd report with more comments on problems seen)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports
  • IDE Matshita LF-D111-A in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (OWC's $99.99 Apple OEM drive)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Hi-Val 16x DVD in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (Hi-Val reports listed under "other" brands)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1612 16x/48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • LG GCE-8160B 16x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (LG listed under "other brands
    using modified support file for iTunes linked in the FAQ here)
  • LG 16x10x40 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (didn't note the model number of the drive)
  • Panasonic CW-7586B 8x/4x32x in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • Samsung SW-216 16x/10x/32x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Sony CRX160E 12x8x32x in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX-168B (16x/10x/40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • TDK VeloCD 24x/10x/40x in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Teac CD-W58E 8x8x32 in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Yamaha CRW2200E 20x10x40x in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (includes comments on OS 9.2 also)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha 8424S (8X4X24) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato drivers, noted itunes also working)
  • Yamaha 8424S (8x4x24x) External used w/iMac (OS X)
    (using El Gato drivers)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports
  • Ricoh MP7040A (4x/4x/20x) used w/G4 Cube (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes/db support noted)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu 20GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (see illustrated guide to adding a 2nd IDE drive.)
  • IBM Travelstar 30GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet 1 (OS 9)
    (see illustrated guide to PB G3 Wallstreet HD upgrade.)
  • IBM 40GB in iMac (OS 9.1)
  • Western Digital 80GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Western Digital 80GB in Dual G4 (OS X)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI ORB drive used w/PB G3 2000 using Belkin Firewire to SCSI adapter (OS X)

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 9 new reports. (total to date: 6,578). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G3/500 in 9500 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/233 in 6112 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in PowerCenter 150 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Powerbook G3 Wallstreet1 (rated 9)
    (running 384mb of ram, includes comments on stability)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 8600/200 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in Performa 6112 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • iBook 2001 OC report

(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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Software Updates and Other Net News Links

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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