News Archive for: 3/24/2005 Thursday's News (later posted items first)
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iPod Updater 2005-03-23 (update for iPod Photo)
Here's the info from Software Update:

" iPod software update 2005-03-23 (28.9MB) delivers iPod software 1.1 (for iPod with color display) Support for optional iPod Camera Connector for importing and viewing photos directly on iPod Updated slideshow transitions"

iPod Updater 2005-03-23 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2005-02-22 for all other iPod models. Also available at http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/.

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G5-optimized Firefox 1.0.2 released
(from the author's email)

" Hi, Mike
Hot off the presses is a release of a G5-optimized Firefox 1.0.2 build. This was created from the Firefox 1.0.2 source and should be identical to the release version with some slight UI differences (icon and form widgets).
http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2005/03/24/firefox102
It sounds like this is a highly recommended update due to some nasty security holes that have been fixed.
Thanks for spreading the word!
Neil"

I've added previous this to the previous page here on Firefox G5 builds and tests.

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Sony Playstation Portable Arrives in US Stores
Today the Sony Playstation Portable hit USA retail stores. I dropped by a local BestBuy that had the PSP Value pack for $249.99 (includes Spiderman2 movie, 32MB Memory Stick Duo (512MB Sandisk Pro Duo was $79.99), a Sampler disc, AC adaptor, Battery pack, headphones/earbuds, Soft Case and wrist strap). They had an external "Power Brick" (Battery Pack that charges the internal battery 2x on one charge) for $19.99 and many "PSP kits" that included car adapters, screen protectors, USB cable, replacement earbuds, cases (some hard cases), etc. varying in price from $49.99 (w/ext. battery pack) to $29.99 or less with discounts of $5 on most accessories ($10 discount on the $50 "Kit").
The salesmen I talked to was pushing their 2 year warranty at $39.99 (he told me they'd replace the PSP for even one bad pixel, unlike the Sony warranty he said).
They had about 10 PSP Games in stock, but no Gran Turismo which several customers lamented. (The racing games in stock were "Ridge Racer" and "Need for Speed Underground: Rivals".) They were offering $5 off on most games with larger discounts/gift cards if you bought more than one game.

This was the first time I had actually seen one personally and I liked the screen size and overall quality. If it had more storage, it would be an attractive alternative to an iPod Photo (using PSPware to Sync Photos, Movies, etc. using an OS X Mac).

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Mirrors of Free RTCW Enemy Territory for Mac
Gus wrote that the (free) stand alone Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (appx 270MB) is finally available for Mac OS X. I don't have bittorrent installed so instead of MacGamefiles.com I checked 3dgamers.com's Wolfenstein downloads page which lists the MacOS X download with seven mirrors. (Although most are very busy this morning).
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Praise for Dell's under $1200 24in LCD Monitor
" I bought a Dell 2405FPW Wide Screen 24 inch LCD Display (1920x1200), and I am very happy with it. I can't compare it to an apple screen, since i don't own one.
The advantages over the Cinema Display are it's numerous interfaces: vga, dvi, composite, s-video, component. There is also a built-in USB-hub, and even a 9 in 1 flash card reader. (vga-, dvi, and usb cable are included)

With it's 24 inches, the screen is slightly bigger than apples cinema display, therefore the unit pixels must be a little bigger.
There are no dead pixels on the screen, and the screen is very bright.

In conclusion, the 2405FPW is a nice alternative to the 23 inch Cinema Display. The price is listed as 1139 US-$ on the Dell website, though I read somewhere that there are some coupons around to get it much cheaper. (Mine was 1350 swiss francs (about 1000$))
-C. Topfel "

Extremetech has a Review of the Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW Widescreen LCD that includes several display tests and rated it highly. A less technical review of it is also at Jaded gamer.com.

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More on Amazon $35 rebate on Tiger single user/$50 on family pack
Yesterday's news had a link to an Amazon page for Tiger that listed a $35 rebate (Update - as of Friday 3/25/2005 they were now taking preorders and the rebate info was added again to the page). Alastair sent a link to another Amazon page that lists the rebate info. (Hopefully this page won't be changed.) Here's a link to the rebate JPG image that lists $35 off Tiger single user and $50 off the family pack. (Notes must be be purchased by 05/31/2005, postmarked by 7/1/2005.)
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EVDO GPS WebCam Mapping w/Powerbook
(from a reader mail yesterday)

" Thought your readers would enjoy this article.
it is using all off the shelf technology:
PowerBook
iSight
Bluetooth GPS
EvoCam Webcam software
Route 66 Mapping software
http://www.EVDOinfo.com/Tips/PC_5220/EVDO_GPS_WebCam_Mapping_20050323147/
- Mike "
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 10 new reports added this morning. (Entries today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 14,459 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Mitsumi CR-48XATE (32x12x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (also comments on OS 9 use as well as 10.2.8 - noted not bootable w/OS X CD.)
  • IDE Teac CD-W216E in iMac (OS X 10.3)
    (noted native iTunes burn support)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE Sony CRX320A in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support.)

    DVD+RW Drives:
  • Firewire (cased) Ricoh RW5120 used w/Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (Using toast 6 for burning. No iTunes burn support so I suggested he try Patchburn 3 to add iApps burn support.)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Liteon 1673s in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in G5 tower (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support. )
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Samsung SpinPoint M40 80GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (PowerBook G4 Ti 15in. LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    PB G4 15in (Aluminum) Disassembly guide here.
    Powerbook G4 12in LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here)
  • IDE SerialATA PCI Card connected Seagate Barracuda 200GB (x2) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
  • IDE Western Digital WD1200BB 120GB in iMac G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article 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.)
(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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,845. Here's a summary of the report added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple G4/733 (at 867MHz) in (Digital Audio) G4/AGP (rated 9)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(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).

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Video Card/System Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
The Mac Game/Video Card Performance database has been updated with Dual 1.8GHz G5/9600XT scores in Doom3 (Medium Quality) at 800x600 and 1024x768.
If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.
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