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Turbo.264 v1.3 Software Update
ElGato's Turbo.264 downloads page has a new Version 1.3 software update download - changes noted include YouTube Upload, DVD Chapter Markers, Dolby Digital(tm) AC-3 Audio Passthrough for Apple TV Exports, QuickTime Broadcaster Support, and several Bug Fixes. See their page for details and download link. (Added a note/link on this to the earlier page here of Encoding Speed Comparison Tests w/Turbo.264 Hardware Encoder using various Macs (iBook G4, Quad G5 Tower, Core2 Duo Macbook Pro, CD iMac, etc.) that used v1.1 and v1.0.1 software.
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Blizzard job posting - Sr. Software Engineer for Mac team
Saw a post in today's Apple OpenGL developer mail list from Rob Barris of Blizzard noting they're looking for a Senior Software Engineer for the Mac team.
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Price cuts on miniStack v2 FW/USB Drives w/builtin FW/USB Hubs
(from site sponsor OWC)
"NewerTech miniStack v2 FireWire+USB2 Price drops. The miniStack v2 FireWire+USB2 Combo solution provides reliable, high-performance storage capacity of up to 750GB + built in powered hubs making it easy to connect additional USB2 and FireWire devices in a most efficient and organized manner. Since its introduction, the miniStack v2 has well earned high marks in many reviews including 'Top Product' by Macworld Magazine. Fast, Reliable, and feature laden + all this in a compact 6.5" x 6.5" x 1.5" profile. Key Features:
- Oxford 911+ Performance chipset
- FireWire 400 Connecting Port + 2 x FireWire Hub Ports
- USB 2.0 Connecting Port + 3 x USB 2.0 Hub Ports
- 8MB Cache on models up to 250GB, 16MB Cache for models 320GB & Higher
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NewerTech miniStack Storage Solutions also include full retail versions of the award winning Prosoft DataBackup III for OS X (a $59.95 retail value) and award wining NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows (a $49.95 retail value).

  • 80GB 7200RPM w/8MB Cache now $109.99
  • 160GB 7200RPM w/8MB Cache now $119.99
  • 250GB 7200RPM w/8MB Cache now $137.99
  • 320GB 7200RPM w/16MB Cache remains $149.99
  • 500GB 7200RPM w/16MB Cache now $169.99
  • 750GB 7200RPM w/16MB Cache now $209.99 ($50 Drop!)

    Solutions are fully bootable on systems supporting FireWire and/or USB2 boot. Perfect for Audio/Video, Backup, General Data needs, Music, Photography, and more. Plug & Play ready for Apple's Time Machine.

    The NewerTech miniStack is also available without a hard drive, 0GB-Add Your Own Hard Drive Kit available from $79.99. Enclosure kits with Prosoft DataBackup III & InTech HD Speedtools from $85.99.
    Best Regards,
    Lawrence O'Connor
    Other World Computing"

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    Water Cooling a MDD (dual) G4 Tower
    Not sure if it's really worth the effort/cost, but a MDD owner (dual 1GHz) wrote to ask if anyone had a source of a water jacket (block) for the CPUs. (He's also looking for a block for the Radeon 9600 GPU.) The Systems page, G4 Macs section here has an article from April 2003 on a reader's Water Cooled MDD G4 Tower which included a source to check, but I'm looking for feedback/info from anyone that's done this more recently than 2003. If you have, let me know. Thanks.
    Update - Gregory V. wrote with a link to a UK site article on Watercooling a MDD Dual G4 tower.
    (Back in March 2003 a reader with CPU Upgraded Digital Audio tower posted a .mac page on his watercooling project which is no longer online but with his permission I've posted a 2 page clone of it here.)
    (FYI - for a source of G4 CPU water blocks, see May 28th, 2008 news page.)
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