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News stories of May 21st, 2004: (later posted items first, some from Sat.)
Radeon Enabler 1.0.1 Update
(from the author's post)

"Radeon Enabler 1.0.1 is now available for download. This is a minor maintenance release that addresses the following issues:
  • Fixed a small string formatting bug that affected some video cards.
  • Improved device tree parsing
  • Added recognition of more ATI chipsets
    If you are not having any issues with the previous version, then you do not need to install this update.
    If you have already used a previous version of Radeon Enabler, you must reinstall the ATI Radeon Displays package before you can use a newer version of Radeon Enabler. Radeon Enabler will only recognize an original, unpatched installation.
    This release does not add any support for additional graphics chipsets. Work continues and additional support will be included in an upcoming release."
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    Unsanity updates Paranoid Android to v1.1
    (clip from their email PR)

    " Unsanity LLC announces an update to Paranoid Android, a tool to protect against a security vulnerability in Mac OS X. This update brings support for Mac OS X 10.2 and other changes.
    The vulnerability involves the use of URL "schemes". These are the part of a web address that specifies what program should be used to handle the address. The vulnerability is dangerous because potentially, a malware author could write an exploit that would delete your home directory, and it could be triggered simply by surfing to the wrong web page. Hence, the growing concern.
    Product Description: Paranoid Android to the rescue! Paranoid Android can protect you from this potential vulnerability until Apple makes an official fix available. It does this by watching the URL schemes that are requested and delaying them until you've had a chance to say whether you'd like to proceed or not. If you know that the url that's being loaded is legit, go ahead, but if it looks suspicious, Paranoid Android gives you an opportunity to cancel it.
    New in version 1.1:
    - Protected applications now appear in the APE Manager preference pane under Enhanced Applications.
    - Added support for Jaguar.
    - Added more permitted URL schemes. The permitted schemes are 'http', 'https', 'ftp', 'mailto', 'itms', 'addressbook', 'rtsp', 'pnm', 'ical', 'webcal', 'sherlock', 'guikit', and 'file'.
    Paranoid Android is free. Download it here:
    http://www.unsanity.net/pa-11.dmg
    More information on Paranoid Android can be found at http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/pa/ "
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    OS X Security Update 2004-05-24 (Help Viewer updated, also Terminal fix for 10.2.8)
    Running software update in 10.3.3 (and 10.2.8) tonight shows an update for the recently reported HelpViewer security issue. Here's the info from the SU panel:

    " Security Update 2004-05-24 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:
    HelpViewer "

    Apple's Security Updates page was later revised to include this info on the updates for 10.3.3 and 10.2.8:

      " Security Update 2004-05-24 for Mac OS X 10.3.3 "Panther" and Mac OS X 10.3.3 Server
    • HelpViewer: Fixes CAN-2004-0486 to ensure that HelpViewer will only process scripts that it initiated. Credit to lixlpixel for reporting this issue.

      Security Update 2004-05-24 for Mac OS X 10.2.8 "Jaguar" and Mac OS X 10.2.8 Server
    • HelpViewer: Fixes CAN-2004-0486 to ensure that HelpViewer will only process scripts that it initiated. Credit to lixlpixel for reporting this issue.
    • Terminal: Fixes CAN-2004-0485 to improve URL processing within Terminal. Credit to Rene Puls for reporting this issue. "

    This (hopefully) should address the vulnerability mentioned in the last week that affected Safari and other OS X browsers originally mentioned at http://bronosky.com/pub/AppleScript.htm. (I used "More Internet" utility earlier this week to select Preview as the Help app instead of Help Viewer and I'm not changing it back right now to test the fix.)

    Reader Feedback: A reader sent a note that the security update solves the original exploit at the URL above (opens Help Viewer but does not execute the script), but said there's another potential exploit that's demonstrated at http://ozwix.dk/OpnAppFixer/testit.html. (Mounts a disk image and can execute a script from the mounted disk. See the notes on workarounds there.) I've not tested that one personally and don't plan to but posting it as a FYI. Another reader posted another issue not yet addressed at http://www.geekspiff.com/unlinkedCrap/innocousPage.html.

    Here's a later mail from another reader:

    " In addition to the Apple (Help Viewer) Fix and Disabling "open safe files" in Safari, There is a Telnet URL Hole which passes commands straight to Terminal from any Browser (going to a supposed HTML address). (the 10.2.8 update info above mentioned a terminal fix, but not sure this is the same issue. Firewalling port 23 (telnet) in OS X's Firewall (in Sharing system prefs) if you're not using it is also recommended) I first found mention of it here: http://daringfireball.net/2004/05/telnet_protocol BUT have yet to see it mentioned Widely in the Mac community.

    The Fix is to install the Free Preference pane RCDefaultApp which is here: http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/
    I also think one of the best security solutions which is to also install a program like LittleSnitch which monitors your network and alerts you giving you the option to allow the connection or deny. Perhaps this does the same as Paranoid Android. It can be found here:
    http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/
    This will prevent the hole(innocent proof) demonstrated here when activated http://schuderer.net/pub/secflaw.html
    Best Regards, Tariq G. "

    I've used Little Snitch in the past. ($24.95 shareware, runs for 3hrs at a time until registered)

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    UT2004 Community Bonus Pack 2 released
    (from a reader mail today)

    " Hello Mike, Just want to give you heads-up on UT2004 map packs. the CPB2 bonus pack (Community Bonus Pack2) is out weighing in at 195MB. contains several maps for deathmatch and onslaught, as well as 4 new characters.
    http://www.planetunreal.com/cbp/

    I have an (OEM) ATi 9600 (OC'd and using the ATi 3D overrides and enabler provided by etracer) in a G4 (2x1200MHz GigaDesigns in a QS 867MHz) and get good performance out of it.... Thanks -- RRR "

    If you missed last night's news page, an update to the OEM Radeon Enabler was released yesterday. (Allows using 3D/GL overrides with OEM Radeon cards and ATI 4.2.x Displays utility.)

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    ATI 8500 Owner report on Lightwave3D v8 Issues
    (from a reader mail - I have LW 7.5 but not v8 to test)

    " I have been using Lightwave [8] for three weeks roughly after upgrading from My sawtooth 350Mhz with radeon 8500 (64mb) and OSX 10.1. I now have a Sonnet 1.4Ghz (single) upgrade, Panther (10.3.3 I assume-Mike) and of course LW 8 (up from 7.5). Over half the time the interface in layout disappears or the application just freezes.
    I guess I have the latest 8500 drivers since they come with Panther!?
    (There have been some updates like ATI Displays 4.2.5 since 10.3.3 was released, but 10.3.3 I think has the latest ATI openGL/drivers to date - I checked ATI.com's drivers search page to see if there's any updates for 10.3/Panther, which as of today shows only the ATI Displays utility update.)
    Newtek says they are not aware of the problem but what can I do now? It's sooo frustrating. The problem really rears it's head when trying to load a scene.
    Best regards
    Neil G."

    I'm assuming the system/CPU/RAM, etc. are not causing the problems (i.e. was it totally stable in other apps/GL games, and in the past with LW 7.5?)
    I'll talk to Chris at ATI to see if he knows of any issues with 10.3.3/LW 8 and ATI cards, but if any other readers are running Lightwave v8 and an ATI card, let me know if you've seen any problems. (Include system/OS/graphics card details in reports. Thanks.)
    (There was a previous page here on LW3D v7.5 problems with some ATI cards in 10.2.x, which ATI released a hotfix for last October.)

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    OWC Sale on iPod 1G/2G Batteries ($37.95), PL G3/800-1GHz ZIFs
    (email from sponsor OWC)

    " New iPod Batteries
    We now have them with our NewerTech brand - $37.95 WITH the installation tool. These new batteries are standard replacement for any Apple 1G or 2G iPod model. And.... They have 30% MORE Capacity than the original battery Apple used as well! 1600mAh vs. 1230mAh!
    Replace a failing battery with a battery that will last longer than the original ever did to begin with. :)

    PowerLogix ZIFs in stock
    We've got stock on 800MHz and 900MHz with 512K 1:1 L2, stock will be here by Monday again for the 1GHz G3 with the 1MB 1:1 on chip L2: http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_Page.cfm?Parent=585&Title=1&Template=1

    Also - we'll have at least the ZIF benchmarks up for the Blue & White that include those 3 Powerlogix ZIFs by Monday if not tomorrow at http://eshop.macsales.com/benchmark/zif.cfm. We will have PowerLogix G3 Zif testing down for the Beige G3 sometime late next week. At this moment, results for all the current G4 ZIF upgrades vs. stock G3 and G4 (yikes) results are posted.
    Best Regards,
    Lawrence R. O'Connor
    Other World Computing "

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    Article on Fragmentation in HFS Plus Volumes
    A reader recently posted a link to an article on Fragmentation in HFS Plus Volumes which also discusses the author's hfsdebug utility.
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    SoundSource freebie (audio source switching util)
    (from a reader mail - can't remember if I mentioned before but just in case)

    " Hello. I do not have a G5 (yet) but thought I'd mention a great freeware app which eases life on my G4 w/ Revolution sound card powered digital 2.1 speakers. It is SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba Software (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/), a handy little menu extra that save one a trip to System Prefs/Sound. It lets you quickly redirect the input, output & system output to any sound device the System Prefs/Sound recognizes
    As it is a menu extra it requires the menu extra enabler (and APE) from Unsanity.
    Handy, handy stuff...
    -e "
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    Apple Knowledge Base docs on Appleworks, OS X Server, iDVD, Livetype
    (from apple's mail list)

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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (entries from Thursday, entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,376. Here's a summary of the reports added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Apple Beige G3/300 (at 350MHz) OC report
    • Giga Designs G4 1GHz (at 1.2GHz) in (QS) G4/AGP (rated 10)

      (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 9 new reports added (reader entries from Thursday to 9AM ET Friday), entries later 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 13,077 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 Liteon LTR-52327S (52x32x52x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
      (native burn support in 10.2.8 and later, FAQ has burn support files for older OS's. Noted drive not bootable from CD in his Beige G3)
    • IDE Sony CRX 175A (24x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
      (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

      Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
    • IDE Samsung SM-348B (didn't note speed rating) in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
      (using Patchburn II for Panther burn support)

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in eMac (OS X 10.3)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE Hitachi 7k250 160GB in G4/AGP (OS X and OS 9.2 reports)
      (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 Samsung SP1213N 120GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X 10.3)
      (FAQ's iMac section has links to off-site upgrade 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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