News Archive for: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
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New Elite-AL Pro 800/400+USB2 Hard Drive Pricing
(from site sponsor OWC)

" OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FireWire 800/400+USB2 models utilize the Oxford 912 Chipset and the best hard disk mechanisms to provide reliable, high performance storage. Elite-AL models are EMC/Dantz Backup Certified, Supported for High Demand Audio-Video, and include FireWire 800 Cable, FireWire 400 Cable, USB 2.0 Cable, Dantz/EMC Retrospect Backup, Intech HD Speedtools, a 2yr Warranty and more.
80GB w/2MB Data Buffer remains $149.99
160GB w/8MB Data Buffer was $189.99, now $179.99
250GB w/8MB Data Buffer was $219.99, now $209.99
300GB w/8MB Data Buffer was $249.99, replaced with New 320GB model
320GB w/8MB Data Buffer -NEW- $239.99
400GB w/8MB Data Buffer was $359.99, now $339.99
500GB w/8MB Data Buffer remains $459.99
UPS Ground is $2.95 for any of the above solutions. 2nd Day Air is also available within the USA for $7.95 or less.
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing "
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Ars compares ThinkPad X60 Core Duo to Intel Macs
Ars wrote they've posted a review of the Thinkpad X60 (core duo 1.83GHz) with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics (like the Intel CPU Mac Mini), including performance comparisons to a Core Solo 1.5GHz Mac Mini and Core Duo 1.83GHz MacBook Pro (which has ATI X1600 graphics).
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Feedback on Tip for Multi-Person iChat Problems
I sent the reader that reported problems with multi-person iChat (in Friday's news ) a note about the suggestion from Ivan that day (to set a bandwidth limit in QuickTime's preference pane - i.e. a value different from 'Automatic' in the 'Streaming Speed' popup menu) and he replied it helped:

" This seems to have worked. I changed my streaming speed in my iChat prefs first in had 2 buddies do the same. Restarted iChat and it almost worked but still no dice. (I then also changed my QuickTime pref pane in system prefs but I did not have my 2 buddies do that.) Once we all restarted our entire systems, we were each all able to initiate & host a multi-person chat.

I'd forgotten how pretty a multi-person chat looked. Once we were multi-chat enabled, I also noticed there was once again an echo behind the camera icons of my iSight buddies in my buddy list. Hope this can help others. Thanks for the assistance.
-Brian "

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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 new reports added this morning. (Entries later 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, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,652 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) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE LG GSA-4166B in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (Use Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in (Yikes) G4 no AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio model. See FAQ's Apple G4 section for other model guides)

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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