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News stories of May 3rd, 2004: (later posted items first)
OS X Security Update 2004-05-03
Running software update in 10.3.3 shows the update. Here's the info from the SU panel:

" Security Update 2004-05-03 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:
AFP Server
CoreFoundation
IPSec

Additionally, Security Update 2004-04-05 has been incorporated into this security update. Those components are:
CUPS Printing
libxml2
Mail
OpenSSL "

After posting this I checked another system running 10.2.8 and there's a similar update available for 10.2.8 also. (There are also Server versions of this update for 10.2.x/10.3.x.)

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Aspyr taking pre-orders for Mac Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
AJ posted that Aspyr is taking pre-orders for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for the Mac.
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Mac Unreal Tournament 2003 v2225.2 Updater
MU today lists the Unreal Tournament 2003 Updater 2225.2

    what's new in Version 2225.2:
  • Colors should be correct on all versions of MacOS X with ATI hardware.
  • Several crash bugs fixed.
  • Updated OpenAL and SDL to versions used with ut2004.
  • Several fixes for community mods.
  • Finder should report game version (2225.2) correctly now.

According to the readme file in the download, it will update any previous version of Mac UT2003 and fixes some problems with the previous 2225.1 patch.

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Daystar announces XLR8 G4/433 CPU Upgrade for PB G3 Lombard
Daystar sent a press release on their new XLR8 G4/433 upgrade for PB G3 Lombards. Prices are $259 to $299 depending on shipping/turnaround time options.
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Sonnet announces Dual G4 CPU Upgrades up to 1.3GHz
Sonnet has a press release today announcing their new Dual G4 CPU upgrades for Sawtooth to Quicksilver G4/AGP towers. (Some early Sawtooth models have a Uni-N rev 3 chipset which isn't compatible with any dual CPU upgrades as mentioned previously, see this Sonnet page for how to check the Uni-N revision using Apple System Profiler.) The press release notes the Encore/ST G4 Duet 1.3 GHz will ship in June 2004 at $699.95 MSRP. (Lower than PL's Dual G4/7457 CPU Upgrade's current pricing). The PR also notes lower pricing on some of their existing single G4/AGP tower CPU Upgrades. Sponsor OWC wrote they're taking pre-orders on the new Dual G4 Sonnet upgrades at a few dollars under list:

" FWIW - we are accepting orders on this new product. Really looking forward to testing it and finding out what processor it has too. I assume a 7455 - but the description lists 745X....
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing "

I wrote Sonnet's PR contact to ask if the dual CPU upgrades used 7455 or 7457 CPUs. (The 7457 has 512KB L2 vs 256KB for the 7455, but the 7457 required a system firmware update to work with OS 9.) Larry (OWC) later wrote "We have confirmed it is a 7455 - they couldn't tell us a or b... But I would be quite surprised if it wasn't the 'b' rev." (A later mail from their Sonnet contact noted 7455Bs.)
Joy of Sonnet also wrote back regarding the question on CPU used:

" Hello Mike:
At this time, we're using 7455s, so the upgrades are pretty much plug-and-play, unless the user needs a firmware update.
Thanks. -Joy
Marketing Communications Manager
Sonnet Technologies "

The firmware update she's referring to is just the Apple system firmware for your particular mac model - i.e. make sure your Tower has the last firmware update from Apple. (The 7457s were designed to run cooler (lower voltage) than the 7455's, but the chips cost more than 7455s and for OS 9 users, needed the firmware patch.)
When these are shipping if any readers buy one - post a report in the database here. (Run some before/after tests if you can - see examples in my reviews of G4 CPU upgrades here. Thanks.)

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IOXperts Updates USB Still Camera Driver for Mac OS X 10.3
(from their press release)

...The IOXperts USB Still Camera Driver is a plug-in for Apple's Image Capture Architecture (ICA) which allows many low-cost still cameras to work with ICA-aware applications such as Apple's Image Capture and iPhoto.
Version 1.0.3 works around several bugs in Mac OS X 10.3 and adds support for the following cameras:
Che-ez! Splash Camera
Digital Dream - L'espion Xtra
Digital Dream - Sportsman
The IOXperts USB Still Camera Driver costs $9.95 and is available as a fully functional demo. Version 1.0.3 is a free upgrade for existing customers. The full list of supported cameras. "
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OrangeWare announces Turbo-G Wireless Networking Drivers
OrangeWare sent a press release announcing "Wireless Turbo Super G Drivers" for Macs. The $15 drivers are said to support over 20 different wireless cards (there's native driver support in Airport 3.1 and later for Broadcom chip based 802.11g cards - but the "Turbo G" claims to have higher bandwidth.)
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Update to VLC (DVD/Media player)
Over the weekend MU listed VLC Media Player 0.7.2-test2 with a long list of changes. (Requires OS X 10.1.x or later - although one reader report here noted a problem in 10.1.x). VLC/Videolan and Mplayer were two of the players noted on the summer 2002 page here on Non-Apple OS X DVD Players that some readers used who had graphics chips not supported by Apple's OS X DVD players. (which require a Rage128 or later graphics chip.)
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Comments on Roku HD1000 Digital Media Player and HDTV
(from a reader mail this weekend)

" Mike, The Neuston Corp seems a bit ambigous whether their Virtuoso MC-500 supports HDTV output. (the MC-500 is a digital media player similar to EyeHome with some additional features) They mention MPEG2 decoding, but nothing about the supported resolutions thru the TV outputs.

But Roku is very unambiguous that their HD1000 player ($299) does support HDTV output:
http://www.rokulabs.com/products/hd1000/index.php
They seem to be underemphasizing that a recent update allows this player to play HD video as well as the original slide shows. I think these guys deserve a lot more attention. The player is Linux-based and there is a lot of open-source activity on enhancing its capabilities, with Roku Labs enthusiastic support.
Thanks! - Paul "

If any reader tries one of these with a Mac - let me know. (I doubt it supports protected AAC ITMS files although the specs lists AAC (unprotected I assume) - but the FAQ includes a comment about future updates supporting AAC and WMA. Maybe that FAQ info is not up-to-date.)

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Apple Knowledge Base docs on iPod Updater troubleshooting, iTunes 4.5, FCP
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CreateMacGames.org 2nd Coding Challenge
(clip from an apple game developer posting)

" CreateMacGames.org is pleased to announce the second CreateMacGames.org Coding Challenge. The challenge is to write a game similar to the classic arcade game "Missile Command". You are of course encouraged to add additional features, but the basic gameplay should be similar.
The challenge will start at 00:00 GMT Sunday 2nd May 2004 and last for two weeks. For more details, please visit this page"
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports this morning (entries from Friday-Sunday midnight ET, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,344. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Fastmac G4/550 in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 9)
    (listed under "other brands".)
  • Other World Computing G4/450-533 (at 500MHz) in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • Other World Computing G4/1.25GHz in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/1GHz in (DA) G4/AGP (rated 8)
  • PowerLogix Dual G4 1.3GHz in (Digital Audio) G4/AGP (rated 1)
  • Powerlogix G3/900 in B&W G3 (rated 1)

    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked on 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). 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 Database had 11 new reports added (reader entries from Friday-Sunday midnight ET, entries today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments are not posted). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 12,977 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives
  • IDE Panasonic (Matshita/Panasonic) SR-8583 5x/32x in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    CDRW Drives
  • IDE Yamaha CRW 2100E-NB (16x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • SCSI Plextor PX-R412Ci (4x CDR/12x read) in 85/8600 (OS X 10.3)
    (using edited profile from Patchburn II for Panther for burn support.)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B (48x24x48x +16x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (native burn support in 10.2.8 and later)
  • IDE LG GCC-4521B (52x32x52x + 16x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (no native burn support, so using Patchburn II for Panther iApps burn support.)
  • USB Sony CRXP-90MU (24x10x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) used w/iBook 2002 (OS X 10.3) (using Patchburn II for Panther burn support.)

    DVD-R Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Maxtor 160GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Maxtor 120GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (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 Seagate ST3120026A 120GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2) (this owner continues to report problems with IDE and SATA cards in his B&W G3. Not typical)
  • IDE Seagate ST380013A-RK 80GB in iMac (OS X 10.3)

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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