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News Archive for Tuesday March 25th, 2003Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of March 25th, 2003:

Powerlogix G3/800 ZIF Review
I've posted my review of the Powerlogix G3/800 ZIF tested in my B&W G3. The review includes apps/games/benchmark tests and a page with info/screenshots on Powerlogix's Software Control for adjusting speeds "on the fly" (a feature of the G3 750FX chip). I'm disappointed that I did not have a G4/550 ZIF to include in the test comparisons, but there's nothing I can do about that currently. I did include tests vs. a G3/500, and various G4 upgrades up to 500MHz.
(News was light today as I was working on the review writeup most of the day.)
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Inside the PowerBook G4 17in (disassembly photos)
Mitsnobu Tanaka sent a note they have linked to a PowerBook G4 17in disassembly article w/photos at his (japanese) Apple user group page - see top of page links for both PB G4 17in and 12in articles. (He had previously sent a link to the PB G4 12in disassembly article some weeks back). Scroll down the linked page there to see the photos of the PB G4 17in internals - also some internal photos of the PB G4 17in at japanese site Medical Mac. (Babelfish translated page link here).
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Top Apple Employees get Bonuses
according to this cnet story today, Apple has awarded more than 200 of its top workers a bonus despite the fact sales targets were not achieved.
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Reader Comments on AD Blocking via Hosts file mod
"Not really news ... but not sure where you might want to put this tip:
There are links on the web already for how to stop 99% of ads -- it involves modification of the hosts file. One link is
http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~atman/spam/adblock.shtml
But after installing the latest AIM version (Mac OS/9, I know I am still a throwback to the stone age ...) I found that some ads were coming through on the top of the buddy list. I wouldn't mind, except that there was a really annoying one that flashed. So I turned on logging in my router and found that they were coming from ar.atwola.com. Adding this to the hosts file took care of it...

I do not like using proxy services because it slows down the browser -- so the hosts file solution works best for me. But -- if you notice something doesn't load -- it could be due to it being in the hosts file! I was trying to use a tracking script from extreme-dm and finally figured out that it was blocked in the hosts file! So beware. And surf mostly ad-free!
Patrick H."

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MP3 Player Control Strip for Classic OS now Free
Kanex Group Inc sent a press release that their OS 8.6-9.x MP3 player Control Strip is now free.

" MP3 Strip is a Control Strip Module that provides easy browsing and high-quality playback of MP3 files. It has instant access and, despite of its small size (about 100KB), no other program is required for easy listening to favorite MP3s. MP3 Strip 1.5 has all the great functions of earlier versions:
* Tiny (about 100KB) and easy to use audio MP3 player
* Always ready for use
* Automatically lists album collections w/ hierarchical menu
* Sorts by album, artist or folder name
* Displaying title of the song in the Control Strip
* Progress Bar showing how much of the track has already been played
* Use Drag and Drop for Disk/Folder selection
* CBR (Constant Bit Rate) & VBR (Variable Bit Rate) playback support
* ID3 Tag support (v1.0, v1.1, v2.0, v2.2, v2.3, v2.4), incl. international characters
MP3 Strip is available now for free. And with the application always there in the Control Strip, users are only a click away from their favorite music, ready to enjoy at any time.
System requirements
* Any Macintosh with PowerPC processor
* Mac OS version 8.6 or later
* QuickTime 4.1 or later installed (part of Mac OS)
* Control Strip Extension version 2.0 or later (part of Mac OS)
Starting from this version, MP3 Strip is available at no charge for all Mac users. Just go to http://www.softwarium.com , grab your copy and feel free to use it forever. "
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,224. Here's a summary of the updates added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports shown first):

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4 Dual 1.2GHz in QS G4/AGP (rated 1)
    (problems noted, cooling related)
  • Powerlogix G4 Dual 1.2GHz in QS G4/867 G4/AGP (rated 8)
    (some problems noted, cooling related)
  • Powerlogix G4 550 in G4 no AGP yikes (rated 10)
  • Apple G4/350 AGP 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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 6 new reports added (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). 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 10,131 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, etc. will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE Artec 16X in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted - not sure if jumper settings or bad drive)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On FW32x12x40 (buslink box) used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.2)

    USB CDRW Drives:
  • Archos miniCDRW XS 4x4x24x used w/iMac slot-loading (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands, no itunes burn support)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.2)
    (PB G3 wallstreet illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Toshiba MK4018GAS 40GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.2)
    (noted same magnetic sensor issue as with IBM travelstars - see notes/tips on first page of illustrated HD install guide here)

    SCSI Hard Drives:
  • Quantum Atlas IV 18GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS 9.2)

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.)
(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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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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