News Archive for: Tuesday Jan. 15, 2008 (later added items first)
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Apple posts QT of MacWorld Keynote
As promised, the Webcast of today's MacWorld Keynote is available now.
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Apple releases QT 7.4, iTunes 7.6, iMovie 7.1.1 and Front Row 2.1.2
(Available via software update also but I prefer to use the download updaters. Windows iTunes and QT updates released also)

Applied these on the iMac (running 10.5.1) after a clean reboot (with nothing else running as usual and then a force prebinding from the terminal just for good measure).

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New Products/Updates from MWSF
Product announcements from the Keynote (and Apple Store back online)

FYI - Apple now has pages About the security content of iPhone v1.1.3 and iPod touch v1.1.3 and About the Security content of QuickTime 7.4.

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ElGato announces EyeTV 3
ElGato today announced EyeTV 3.0 with a new User Interface, Smart Guides, and New Options for Streaming and Sharing. (See the linked page for details.) They've got a page with a Features comparison of EyeTV v3 vs v2. EyeTV 3 costs $79.95 (US) for the full verison, $39.95 (US) to upgrade from EyeTV v2.x. (Still wishing for an option to force a consistent LiveTV window size when switching from 480i to 1080i broadcasts...)
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Apple revises Nvidia 8800 GT card kit page to note PCIe 2.0 required
"The applestore page for the 8800GT card kit now says specifically that it requires PCIe 2.0:

    Compatibility:
    * Requires Mac Pro with PCI-Express 2.0

So I guess this pretty much proves Apple's not going to fix it.
-Bob"

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OWC MacWorld specials
(From site sponsor OWC)

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OS X Leopard Scanner Compatibility reports page updated
I've updated the page of Scanners with OS X Leopard (Feedback, Tips/Tricks and Alternative Drivers) with reports from a Canon Canoscan 3200F user (problems noted - suggested trying VueScan) and an Epson Perfection 1260 owner (OK).
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Mac Pro 2 spare/unused SATA Ports - Tips for Bootcamp/Windows XP use
This may have come up in the past and I'd forgotten it (don't own a Mac Pro yet) but in reply to a post yesterday on the Pioneer SATA Blu-Ray reader/Superdrive combo drive (w/link to an article last year on Using the 2 extra ports with an External SATA Case Kit) a reader mentioned the spare SATA ports are not usable in Windows XP at least with the standard drivers with Bootcamp. (Most readers have used the ports in OS X although I've not searched drive db reports for anyone that mentioned using Bootcamp/Windows also. BTW - The spare ports are bootable for OS X use, as noted in the article above on ext. drive use - although drives are not shown/usable when booted from Windows with standard drivers.)
(Update) Here's a reader mail w/tips on using the spare ports with Windows via a replacement chipset driver install and grub bootloader edit:

" after finding this thread in the onmac forums I finally was able to get my pioneer sata drive to work under bootcamp.
basically you have to do the following:
- Install Win XP and ubuntu linux with a pata dvd drive in XP, change the ide 2680 driver to the intel ahci driver found here (downloadcenter.intel.com) S5000 Based Server AHCI SATA Storage Driver for Windows.
- Boot into ubuntu and change the stage1 file of the grub bootloader to this:
http://www.olofsson.info/grub/stage1
This keeps the mac pro in ahci mode when booting a foreign OS
Now you can boot windows using the linux partition, this will start grub and keep the mac pro in the correct mode

I also installed Refit to make things a little easier but as far as i know using Alt key when booting should work too.
if anyone tries this and has any questions feel free to ask
-Forrest"

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Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
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