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News Archive for: 6/21/2002 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

News stories of June 21st, 2002:

Airport 2.04 Update for OS 9, OS X Networking Update 1.0/Airport Updates
Checking OS 9's Software Updates shows an Airport 2.04 Update available. I don't see any info/note at VT or Apple's site yet on this update, but my setup still works fine after the update (using Siemens SpeedStream base station).
A reader also noted that there's an OS X Networking update available and running Software Updates again after that update shows an Airport for OS X update. (Thanks to "Creative One" for the heads-up.)
I rebooted into OS X and here's what's reported in Software Update:

    Networking Update 1.0
    This Networking update improves network and internet access after restarting your computer or when waking from sleep.

After the update, run Software Updates again to get the OS X Airport 2.04 update. Here's a clip on what's changed:

    New Features in AirPort 2.0.4
  • The AirPort Setup Assistant configures the base station with America Online (AOL) account information and configures the AOL client with the correct location and AirPort settings.
  • The ability to dial into the base station through a standard PPP phone connection, allowing remote access to the base station and the computers on the AirPort wireless and wired network.
  • Compatible with Windows clients that use Point PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol) or IPSec (without authenticated headers) style VPN (Virtual Private Network).
  • Supports multiple connections to port mapped services. "
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Apple grabs another video software firm
that's the title of the Cnet story on Apple's latest acquisitions in the digital video software arena. The time it's Prismo Graphics, a developer of motion graphics/special effects software for broadcast and digital video. (As noted here last week, Apple had recently bought technology from Hollywood based Silicon Grail, makers of Chalice and RAYZ.)
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Story on 32 System PowerMac Dual G4/800 Cluster
(from a reader's email - for previous cluster system info, tips, etc. see UCLA's AppleSeed page.)

"I am writing to you as the editor of the Danish Mac News web-portal macnyt.dk (http://www.macnyt.dk/). We have just published a news story which might interest you and your audience, even though it's written in Danish.

The Danish Technical University (DTU) has developed Scandinavia's largest dedicated Mac cluster, consisting of 32 dedicated Power Mac G4 Dual 800 MHz workstations which is equal to 200 Gigaflop or 6 million instructions per second.
The cluster, which is called Velocity-X, will be switched on Monday the 24th of June 2002 with the presence of Apple Denmark.
The dedicated Mac cluster will primary be used to understand proteins influence on cancer and larger project for film and animation.

Velocity-X can be rented for approx 50.000 Danish kroner per week for use through the Internet ($1 = 8.5 DKK). More on this breaking news story and the technical specifications on Velocity-X can be found at macnyt.dk

The macnyt.dk news story can be found at this location
http://www.macnyt.dk/default.tpl?news=20020621160404
[in Danish - use translators like Babelfish for other languages-Mike.] "

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Spoof of Apple's Switch Ads
A post in the forums linked to a Flash based spoof of Apple's "Switch" Ads - Switch Gates. (Requires Flash).
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Pioneer DVR-104 (Superdrive) Installed in an eMac
(from one of today's Drive Compat. Database reports)

Reviewer's Name: Andrew Sinclair-Day
Date Submitted: 6/20/2002
Drive Type: DVD-R DVD Recorder
Drive Interface: IDE
Drive Brand: Pioneer
Drive Model Number: DVR-104 ,4X and 8X CD-R (1x/2x DVD-R, 1x DVD-RW)
Drive Size: 4.7GB (4.3GB formatted)
Driver Used: Apple Standard
Mac Model: Apple eMac
Mac OS Version: OS X
Reader Comments:
Installed internally on an eMac, and took about an hour to remove the Hitachi CDRW and install the Pioneer DVR-104. Had to set the jumper on the DVR-104 to CS (Cable Select).
Running OS X 10.1.5

Works fine with Toast Titanium 5.1, burnt a DVD and a CD. Then Started up iDVD2 and made a small DVD of some video I had from iMovie. And finally watching DVD movies with DVD player worked fine.
Whoo hoo!"

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Report on Firmware Update for Toshiba SD-R1202 DVD/CDRW Drive
(from a reader's drive database report added today)

Reviewer's Name: Jeff
Date Submitted: 6/20/2002
Drive Type: Combo DVD-CDR
Drive Interface: IDE
Drive Brand: Toshiba
Drive Model Number: SD-R1202 (16x10x40x+12x DVD)
Driver Used: Apple Hacked
Mac Model: Apple G4 Dual CPU
Mac OS Version: OS X
Reader Comments:
"This is my second report for this drive.

After reading there was a firmware update on Toshiba's website I flashed my drive in a friend's PC. His computer froze during the process, I'm not sure why. But it completed the process and my drive's firmware is now version 1026, instead of 1020.

With the original firmware (1020) and some hacked drivers (learned from the FAQ portion of this site) I was able to burn audio CD's in iTunes, but burning data CD's on the Finder would freeze the system and disable the drive. I'm happy to say that with the firmware update (1026) and some hacked drivers, data CD's can now be burned! I've burned data CD's in both OS 9 and OS X perfectly.

Side note: I hacked the drivers using a demo of BBEdit. When I modified the OS X version I simply changed the line which said "SD-R1102" to "SD-R1202"... but the driver in OS 9 only seemed to work if I changed the line which said "SD-R2002" to "SD-R1202"

[he later wrote]

For the Toshiba SD-R1202 1026 Firmware update go to:
www.toshiba.com/taissdd/support/fw_info/SDR1202_00-01.exe
for a direct link to the update.
www.toshiba.com/taissdd/products/cdrw-update.shtml for technical info
www.toshiba.com/taissdd/support/fw_info/fwchk12.exe is an exe which will tell you if you need the Firmware update or not (PC only), but Apple System Profiler tells the same thing.
www.toshiba.com/taissdd/support/fw_info/upgrade_inst.pdf for semi-helpful instructions.

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Cacophony Sound Application for OSX (the Audio equivalent of Graphic Converter)
(from a reader's email)

"Purpose of this note is to alert you of existence of a terrific new shareware sound program called "Cacophony" for OSX available at http://www.bannister.org/software/cacophony.htm that may be of interest to you and your readers. In my view, Cacophony does for sound what the outstanding Graphic Converter does for graphics.

I was looking for a program to convert some ".ogg" sound files (an MP3 variant) to something that Toast could recognize in order to burn an audio CD. I found .ogg players for OS9.x and OSX, but nothing that would do the conversion. Cacophony does it quickly and painlessly. This sort of conversion...almost two dozen supported sound formats...is just one of many features in Cacophony, but alone is worth the $25 shareware price.
Bill Donnelly "

The author of Cacophony saw the above post and wrote about an update due soon:

Hi Mike,
I noticed one of your users mentioned my new shareware sound editor, Cacophony. Just thought you might like to know that v1.1 will be released in the next few days, hopefully within the next 48 hours.
I'll drop you another mail when it is released.
Cheers,
Richard
Update: On Saturday Richard sent a note that the v1.1 update was available:

Cacophony, a sound editor for Mac OS X, has been updated to v1.1.

* Fixed crash on quit when more than one file was open.
* Fixed problem causing all 'shlb' files to have the Cacophony Library icon.
* Fixed a number of small memory leaks when closing a window.
* Fixed some visual glitches that occurred after resizing a window.
* Fixed a bug allowing the window to be made too small for all the channels to fit.
* Fixed bug causing the effect menu to be dimmed after pasting in a sound.
* Added the ability to choose which sound channels play from each speaker.
* Added the ability to stop opening a file.
* Added Last Effect command to the Effects menu.
* Added the ability to use the arrow keys to adjust the current selection slightly.
* Moved a large number of strings from the code into the resource fork in order to make localisation easier.
* Increased the number of supported channels to 16.
* Tweaked the positioning of new sound windows slightly.
* Added icon for saved files. Cacophony now uses a valid type and creator for the files it saves, allowing other programs (for example iMovie) to open them.
http://www.bannister.org/software/. "

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Sacrifice 1.01 MultiPlayer Update
Versiontracker lists a 1.01 update to Sacrifice noting the following changes:

  • Multiplayer support through GameRanger now active
  • Minor speed and stability improvements
  • LAN button is active for local network games
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Request for Feedback on Pismo G4/500 CPU Upgrades:
I'm not sure any readers have upgraded yet (both Powerlogix and Newer Tech versions require sending in your complete PowerBook for the upgrade as noted in the June 14th news page) but some readers with Pismos (PB G3 2000/Firewire) are waiting for some initial reports before taking the plunge.
If/when any readers do upgrade their Pismo with either the PL or Newer Tech version, please send an email via the news link about and also post a report in the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database. Thanks!
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 9 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 7,699 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in eMac (OS X)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x + 8X DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x + 8X DVD ROM) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40x+8x DVD) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (notes firmware update for drive helped w/past problems in Macs)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Samsung SW-232 32x10x40x in Umax S900 using IDE PCI card (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX175A1 24x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (noted A1 version compat. w/Retrospect Express 5)
  • Teac CDW540E 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (FYI illustrated CD drive install guide here covers 8600/9600/Beige G3/B&W G3/G4s thru Digital audio)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Sony CRX17SE 24x10x40x (in FW case) used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40GB in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.]

(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports. (Total to date: 7,185). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here are the new entries (does not include update/added comments to previous reports):

  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 7600/120 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in PowerCurve (rated 10)
  • Sonnet Duet G4/500 in G4 Cube (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in 9650/233 (rated 7)

(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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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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