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AppleWorks 6.2 Updater Download and Info:
John Hunt sent a link to a page the AppleWorks 6.2 updater - see http://www.apple.com/appleworks/update/, but noted that after the update he had v6.1.2 (I assume he may have been running the non-OS X version - see blue text below from the udpater page). Steven Kortze also wrote that the update is now available at www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/index_download.html.
Note that according to the updater page, the update installs 6.2 only if you're running OS X - if you're running OS 8.1-9.x, it installs v6.1

"This free update of AppleWorks adds frequently requested features, including the ability to read and write Microsoft Word and Excel files, enhanced formatting tools, faster downloading of Internet templates, improved networking compatibility and more.

The AppleWorks updater automagically senses which version of the Mac OS you're running and installs the proper version on your Macintosh. If you use Mac OS X, the program installs AppleWorks 6.2. For Mac OS 8.1-9.1, the program instead installs AppleWorks 6.1. Both share a common feature set, but are optimized for the different operating system versions."

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Appleworks 6.2 Announced:
Apple has announced version 6.2 of Appleworks at http://www.apple.com/appleworks/ noting that "AppleWorks 6.2 for Mac OS X can create documents in PDF format for viewing and sharing over the Internet. In addition, it includes DataViz file translators, allowing users to easily open, save and share Microsoft Word and Excel documents". Their recent downloads support page, OS X page, and Apple OS X downloads page doesn't list the v6.2 update yet as of 2PM eastern time today. Their OS X downloads page still shows v6.1. (See above for updater download links later sent by readers.)
A PowerPC Mac running OS 8.1 or later is required (OS X compatible of course.)
The AppleWorks specs page notes features of version 6.2. but since I don't own AppleWorks v6, I can't say if the MS Word 2001/Excel 2001 compatibility (via included DataViz file translators) listed there is a new feature or not.
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USB 2.0 PCI card in G4/AGP - Wake from Sleep Problems:
This is the first USB 2.0 (480megabit/sec interface) PCI card report I've gotten to date.

" I just installed a Keyspan USB 2.0 card in my 450Mhz AGP G4. I have 640 Megs of RAM Sys 9.1. I purchased the card so I would have a detected USB port for my Sound Stick speakers. Also having USB 2.0 would allow me to update when it becomes available for the mac. I installed the card hooked up my Sound Sticks and started up. Everything worked fine the card and ports were reported by system profiler. When my computer was awaken from sleep the speakers stopped working, and it took a hard restart to get them working. I also tried a mouse in the card and it also stopped working after sleep. I was wondering if any one has had good luck with this card.
Ron P. "

I would have thought the onboard USB would be a better port for the Soundsticks. I suggested he also report these issues to Keyspan's tech support.
If there are any other USB 2.0 card owners that can comment on their experiences let me know.

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2nd Report of Yamaha 2100 IDE Flash Tip for Macs Working:
This morning's news had a tip on how to flash an IDE Yamaha 2100 (16/10/40) CDRW drive in Macs using the SCSI flasher with the Firewire firmware update file. I didn't have a IDE Yamaha drive to test this but another owner wrote to say it worked:

" Dear Mike,
I just tried this procedure, and it works. Toast shows the update drive as 1.0n, where it was 1.0d originally. This makes you wonder, though: why on Earth doesn't Yamaha make a firmware updater for the Mac/IDE combination available?
Eddy E. "

I've updated the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section on Yamaha 2100 firmware update info to include this tip for future reference.

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Reader Comment on Flashing IDE Yamaha 2100 Series Drives in Macs:
As noted in the past news and in the FAQ here, Yamaha has SCSI and Firewire 2100 CDRW (16/10/40) firmware updates for the Mac, but not an IDE version. A reader posted a note in one in this weekend's drive compatibility database updates how he was able to flash an IDE Yamaha 2100 drive in a Mac:

B&W G3 System
Yamaha IDE 2100 E-VK (16/10/40) drive
Comments:
" this is an update to a previous review i posted on 5/18/2001.
I've got important information about upgrading a Yamaha 2100 E IDE without the "help" of a PC.
I made my own "IDE updater" by mixing a scsi installation program (Macinst21.exe) and the latest version of the firewire firmware (atf01302.bin). You need to put them in a same folder. I named it "me2110n_e". Put anything else in the trash. Then double click the installation program and... voily!!! I tried it and It's working. No problems (reading, writing CDs, and it's still bootable).
Emmanuel"

I don't have a 2100 drive to test this personally but see the later update above for another IDE Yamaha 2100 drive owner that noted this worked.
Of course when messing with firmware, the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule applies. (And check your drive's firmware version - it may already have the latest version installed if you bought it recently.) If you're having problems with the drive that a firmware update might address, this might be worth a try - but if something goes wrong you may end up with a useless drive.
Our FAQ's CDROM/CDR section has has a note/link to a Yamaha flash updates for the 2100 series drives, but they only list SCSI and Firewire model flashers. The downloads include a rom file and a flash utility.

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More Legacy Mac OS X Enabler Comments on Ryan's Free Software vs Sonnet's $30 Software:
Last week there was a post from a 8600/Sonnet CPU card owner noting he had better luck with Ryan Rempel's free OS X software than the $29.95 Sonnet software. Here's the latest reader comments on the two:

" Mike, More bad news about Sonnet. After 2 days of testing my:
9600/233 Sonnet Crescendo PCI G3/500
256 RAM
2x SCSI HD (one OS X dedicated)
PCI Radeon

with both Ryan's newly updated method and Sonnet's new installer the following was true for me:
-Both installers work fine. Yes there are hiccups every now and then with both, but neither one posed more difficulty than the other.
-Both methods boot fine with no kernel panics
-With the 9600, yes, the PCI Radeon works.....xlr8'ed and all. HERE's THE PROBLEM:
-The Sonnet installer causes my system to hang repeated and frequently during normal system operation. Boot up like I said no problem, but minutes into normal tasks the finder hangs (little color wheel still spinning) and forces a hard restart. Also sometimes I'd get random kernel panics too (during regular system usage), and have to restart. I did this several times, each with a clean disk, and with 10.0 all the way up to 10.0.4
-Ryan's method works perfectly, like I stated, even with the Radeon installed.
-The Sonnet crashed even with the stock video card. ALTHOUGH
-The Sonnet solution did feel noticeably snappier and more responsive when it was not hanging.
-The Sonnet solution was a simpler setup/solution as it didnt require additional L2 enabling software.

So I'm with Ryan's method and all is well.
Thanks, Thomas Z."

For more info, instructions and to download Ryan's software, see OWC's OS X on Legacy Macs page. For those that want to buy Sonnet's enabler, see their OS X page at www.sonnettech.com.

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Comments About the Sorenson 3 Codec QT Update and Pro Version:
A reader sent a note about the Sorensen3 Codec update for QT noted in Friday's news.

" Mike,
Just tried the OS X update (had to buy QTPro key as my Win QTPro key would not work...got to buy more shares of Apple...) and found it as as posted! Thanks!
Add that its NOT the Sorenson 3 Pro Codec but the Limited SE version (most features turned off). Pro users should pre-order the codec from Sorenson (www.sorenson.com/web/jsp/catalog.jsp)
However, its not listed on their site. May have to contact them direct.
Ed- "
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Reader Comments on Removing Unused OS X Extensions:
" FYI for adventurous readers:
I am running OSX on a B&W G3/350 (overclocked to 400) with 448 megs of ram, a 20 GB Maxtor Plus 40 hard drive, an aftermarket USB card (for dual USB busses), and an Orange Micro 2906 SCSI card.

In an attempt to speed up OSX, I experimented with the extensions folder in the \system\library\ folder on my OSX partition (I have 2 HFS+ partitions “ one for X and one for 9.1)

If you boot into OS 9 and you manually move unnecessary kernel extensions to a backup folder (or to the trash), OS X will still boot and operate normally.

As an example, I removed the 3 Radeon files, the 4 Nvidia files, the Key Largo IC file, and Adaptec and Acard files with no problems. (Of course what you should remove is entirely dependent on your system configuration). The BW G3 of course does not use the Key Largo chip or the GE Force2/3.

This foots out well with the apple documentation on the kernel and kernel patching extensions.
Apparently, the registry of kernel patches is recreated at boot time, so if you remove one there shouldnĂt be any problems (provided its functionality is not needed on your system).
Check out this link if you havenĂt already:
developer.apple.com/techpubs/macosx/Kernel/kernel.html
Mark"

I wonder if this does more than to save some time at boot (assuming the OS checks for extensions compatibility at boot perhaps), or save some disk space. One reader noted the unnecessary extensions were not loaded in memory on his Mac model so any benefits might just be less files on the disk and/or perhaps slightly faster load times (assuming there is some sort of check at boot for applicable extensions to load).

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Reader's Make Your Own iBook Bag Article:
A reader sent a note he's posted a page with photos and instructions on how he made his own iBook bag at http://netartefact.de/mybag/.
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Mac Mods Site Started:
http://www.macmod.com/ is a new site that's just been started to list modifications made to various mac models.
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Buddy Week Specials at Bullseye Software:
Bullseye software has a "Buddy Week" special good July 1-July 8th, 2001. Purchase any of their products (direct) at the regular price + S&H and they'll send a second copy of the same product to a buddy of your choice for free (they even pay the shipping). Offer ends midnight July 8th, 2001. Bullseye titles include Skyfighters 1945 and Flying Circus.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports today (total to date: 5,890). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 9500/150 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/450 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 G4/500 ZIF in G4/no AGP (Yikes G4/PCI) (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). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 17 new entries added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,128 reports. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles linked above and/or the FAQ. 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.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: (none today)

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