News Archive for: Monday March 12th, 2007 (later added items first)
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Intuit patch for TurboTax 2006 to Fix Issue with QT 7.1.5 (10.3.9)
(Email from Intuit tonight at appx 8PM regarding the problem with Turbotax failure to run after Quicktime 7.1.5 update in 10.3.9 mentioned last week here. About 2 dozen readers using OS X 10.4.8/QT 7.1.5 said they did not see the problem.)

" Dear Customer,
You signed up to be notified when the issue regarding QuickTime 7.1.5 and TurboTax was resolved.
We are pleased to inform you that we've just released a patch to resolve this issue. Please download the manual update by clicking here. (http://ftpfp.quicken.com/pub/turbotax/2006/TT06_update.app.dmg)
After you have downloaded the manual patch, double click it in order to install. Installing this patch will not affect your current tax file.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you, TurboTax Support "

BTW: Ed (who had verified this problem last week w/10.3.9/QT 7.1.5) said there's an update to TurboTax (he has Home and Business edition) available via the update check also (5 part update he said - get info afterwards showed v06-53). After applying that update TurboTax no longer quits on his 10.3.9/QT 7.1.5 system. (He had not applied the above patch so the update check/download must have installed the same patch as above.) Regardless, you should check for TT updates often for other changes/corrections/form updates, etc. (Ed said he's seen updates even after the filing deadline...)

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Elgato Ends Collaboration with Miglia
Elgato has a press release today announcing they have terminated the licensing agreement for EyeTV software with Miglia Technology, Ltd.

" Elgato Ends Collaboration with Miglia
Munich, March 12, 2007 - Elgato Systems announces that it has terminated the licensing agreement for EyeTV software with Miglia Technology, Ltd. Miglia can no longer ship, sell or advertise TV Tuner solutions bundled with Elgato's EyeTV software.

Customers using EyeTV with a Miglia TV tuner product are not affected by this change. Elgato EyeTV will continue to work with existing Miglia products. Elgato will continue to support existing Miglia/EyeTV customers with software updates and improvements."

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Airport Extreme 2007-002 reports page updated
I've updated the page of Feedback on Airport Extreme 2007-002 update (updated again at 3:30PM) with 2 reports from Core Duo Macbook/MB Pro's using a Dell 1500 card (broadcom chip based) - one said the card already had the same firmware version as included in the AE 2007-002 update and the other saying it had an earlier version and did show a later version after the update. There's also a report there from a Core2 Duo Macbook Pro user's with notes on poor performance with his Netgear Rangemax Next base/router. (Page updated with more info on his setup.)
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L3 Cache Enabler (for 10.3.9)
(Posting as a FYI - as some readers that put an OEM Apple CPU module w/L3 cache from a later G4 tower in an older tower said the L3 cache wasn't enabled. Normally this isn't an issue with 3rd party CPU upgrades, although some of them have software utilities from the vendor also.)

" I wrote a kernel module which enables L3 cache on G4 models on which it was originally not supported.
http://www.substring.ch/l3enabler.
I needed it for the Quicksilver 800DP in my G4 Digital Audio...
Regards
-Till W. "

His page notes he tested in 10.3.9 but that it wasn't OS X Tiger/10.4.x compatible. (For those that have swapped OEM CPUs and don't have the L3 enabled by default, let me know if you've used some other utility (PL, Sonnet, etc.) or manually used an OF command/setting that enabled it.
(Although not specific to the L3 cache issue above, JJ sent a reminder on Sonnet's SonnetCache patch that corrects the problem were Apple System profiler fails to properly report CPU speed on some 745x CPUs (as mentioned several years ago here when this first came up - the problem is due to the fact later 745x CPUs reused some lower ratio (bus multiplier) PLL settings for higher ratio settings (IIRC 9.5x, 10.5x, 11.5x, etc..) Sonnet's software corrected that misreporting (which for affected users could prevent some apps like FCP from running due to the low CPU speed reported.)

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Updated Apple docs on Java DST updates/backward compatibility
Apple recently revised the kbase docs on About Java for Mac OS X 10.4, Release 5 and About Java for Mac OS X 10.3 Update 5 to include this note:

"Important: The introduction of Olson Timezone (TZ) data, version 2007a or later may not allow backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones for some Java applications under certain circumstances. See this article for information about using Sun's tzupdater tool to update your time zones, for best backward compatibility."

The article link is to Apple's doc on Java: Updating time zones for earlier Java installations and backward compatibility which also refers to Sun's Alert 102836 for more details on the Olson Timezone data backwards compatibility issue. (And If you missed it last week, users of OS X 10.0, 10.1 and 10.2 can download DST fixes not released by Apple at cis.unh.edu.)

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Other News/Misc Software Updates/Updated Apple Support Docs
(updated 10PM Eastern, includes revised Apple kbase docs)

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Recent Articles and Reviews
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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