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News stories of Nov. 19th, 2002:

Carbon Copy Cloner 2.0 Released
(from a press release email from the author)

" I am very pleased to announce the release of Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) version 2.0. Carbon Copy Cloner is a backup/cloning utility for Mac OS X. This version adds many new exciting features such as synchronization, scheduled tasks, creating disk images on the fly, and creating NetBoot image sets from fully customized installations of Mac OS X. CCC is the most cost-effective, easy-to-use backup solution available for Mac OS X.

Full list of new features:
1) Preferences are persistent and can be set in a separate window
2) Can create a disk image of the appropriate size prior to cloning
3) Can create a NetBoot image set
4) Can use Disk Utility to repair the source or target drive or repair permissions on the source drive prior to cloning
5) Can now synchronize the source to the target
6) Improved logging
7) Can specify what items are to be automatically ignored in the list of items to be copied
8) Can specify what cache files should be removed when CCC is finished
9) Can run user-specified pre- or post-flight shell scripts
10) Included a menu item to bless disks on OldWorld machines 11) Checks that the required Darwin commands are installed prior to use
12) Can schedule backups or synchronizations
13) Fixed problem with blank admin passwords

Application name: Carbon Copy Cloner
Version: 2.0
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 with BSD subsystem
File Size: 808 KB
Developer website: http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
Direct download:
http://www.bombich.com/software/files/cccloner.dmg.sit
Mike Bombich
http://www.bombich.com/software "

For users of OS X 10.1.2 to 10.1.5 - use Carbon Copy Cloner 1.3.1 linked at the developer site above.

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Firmware Update for Mac Nvidia GeForce2MX/4MX/GeForce3 Cards
Versiontracker today lists the Nvidia Firmware Update that adds Apple Cinema HD support to Mac GeForce2MX (incl. TwinView models), GeForce3 and GeForce4MX cards. Here's a clip from the Apple kbase doc on the update:

" NVIDIA Graphics Card Firmware Update
This firmware update is for customers using Mac OS X version 10.2 (Jaguar) or later with an Apple Cinema HD Display and a Power Mac G4 with one of the following NVIDIA graphics cards: GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 MX TwinView, GeForce3, or GeForce4 MX.

These cards require the update to support the high resolution of the Cinema HD Display. The update is required only for customers using Mac OS X 10.2 or later. If you are using Mac OS 9.2.2, or earlier versions of Mac OS X (version 10.1.x), you can use the Apple Display Software on the CD provided with the Cinema HD Display.

You should update the graphics card firmware (using this update or the Apple Display Software) before you connect your Apple Cinema HD Display to your computer. "

I have an older Geforce2MX card and GeForce3 and may flash them just to make sure I have the latest firmware even though I don' t own a Cinema HD display.

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EyeTV 1.04 Update adds New Features and Bug Fixes
(from their email on the 1.04 update)

"Hello EyeTV Users,
I'm pleased to announce the release of EyeTV 1.0.4. The new version is available for download at http://www2.elgato.com/support/eyetv104.hqx. The Read Me (see below) lists the many new features and bug fixes that are in this version.
Enjoy!
Adam Steinberg/El Gato Software LLC "

The readme file details new features (Applescript support, waking your Mac to record shows, New Preferences items, Watson scheduling support), Bug fixes and know issues.

" Welcome to EyeTV 1.0.4!
What's new in this version?
Installation
If you are updating from any previous version of EyeTV, drag the old EyeTV application to the Trash. Drag the new EyeTV 1.0.4 application to your previous install location (or wherever you like), then launch the new software.

When you first launch EyeTV 1.0.4, you will be prompted to enter an admin password. This authentication is required to enable the new wake from sleep feature (see "Waking your Mac" under New Features).

New Features
AppleScript Support
EyeTV now offers full AppleScript support. The majority of the application can be controlled by scripts, including:

  • Creating and deleting programs and recordings
  • Editing program information
  • Controlling playback and recording
  • Selecting channels and editing their names
  • Changing the volume
  • Exporting to QuickTime or VideoCD
  • Much more

Waking your Mac
EyeTV will now wake or power up your system to record shows. This feature only works with Mac OS 10.2 or later. To take advantage of this feature we recommend that you simply leave the EyeTV application running with the live TV window closed. In this mode EyeTV will use practically no CPU time and the system can go to sleep as specified in the System Preferences Energy Saver panel. EyeTV wakes up your Mac two minutes before the scheduled recording starts, therefore do not set the system sleep interval to less than two minutes. Please note that the system will not go to sleep while a live TV window is open.

Other scenarios may require a little more planning, e.g. if you shut down your Mac then EyeTV will power it up on time, but recording will work only if automatic login is enabled and EyeTV is configured to launch automatically. For details please refer to the EyeTV User's Guide.

New Preferences Items
The "General" tab in the preferences window features a new "Always open Live TV window at startup" checkbox. When unchecked, EyeTV will remember whether the live TV window was open or closed. Note that the live TV window will always be opened when the EyeTV hardware is plugged in while the application is running.

The new "Controls" tab allows customization of the jump times used by the "Jump" (right arrow) and "Instant Replay" (left arrow) commands.

Watson Scheduling Support
Karelia Software's Watson product can be used to schedule EyeTV recordings. Please visit http://www.karelia.com to purchase Watson 1.6 or download an evaluation copy.

Bug fixes
Downloaded Schedules
Digital, Digital Cable, or Satellite Listings downloaded from TitanTV.com defaulted to A/V input, and did not display a channel number. The channel number is now included with the scheduled program, as a reminder when tuning the cable box or receiver.

Recordings Not Stopping
If a repeating recording was scheduled to start one day, and end on another day (like from 11:30PM to 12:30AM), the last recording of that week wouldn't stop. This has been fixed.

Maximizing From Dock to Full Screen
EyeTV would freeze when video was maximized from the Dock to Full Screen. This has been fixed.

Overall Stability Improvements
Various minor or cosmetic bugs were fixed.

Known Issues
The following problems will be fixed in a later version of the EyeTV software.

With EyeTV it is easy to fill up a hard disk completely. EyeTV 1.0.4 does not always issue appropriate warnings when it runs out of disk space, nor does it recover gracefully from disk full conditions. We recommend that you monitor disk space requirements for scheduled recordings and frequently compare it against the space available on the hard disk containing the EyeTV Archive.

While EyeTV is running continuously, the Mac's CPU usage rises to very high levels from time to time. This can be eliminated by pausing/playing live TV, and the condition also goes away by itself after a few minutes.

When viewing a recording or live TV in fast reverse mode, EyeTV stops updating the screen after a few seconds. Note that the QuickTime Player has the same problem and we are working with Apple to work around this issue. "

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OS X Firmware Update for Advansys UW and U2W SCSI cards
(from a reader mail - I do not own one of these cards)

" Hi Mike,
I own an Ultra-2-Wide SCSI adapter frmm Advansys, that I had removed from my B&W G3 (Rev 1!), thinking that I will never be able to use it and my 18 GB Quantum Atlas IV in OS X.

Advansys was aquired by Initio and - to my surprise - I recently found updated firmware and drivers for the ABP3940 UW/U2W SCSI adapters.
www.connectcom.net/drivers/Advansys/
u2w/AdvanSys%20UW_U2W_9-X.hqx

The firmware update worked fine in OS 9.2.2 -- the still very fast drive can now be used under OS X 10.2.2.
Information about these updates seems to appear noplace else.
Regards
Dr. Jorg P. "

Note - see the Wednesday's news page for a reader comment on some SIIG SCSI cards based on the Advansys chip.

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MacPlay to Ship Freedom Force for Mac by Holidays
" ...MacPlay announced today that preorders are now being accepted at www.macplay.com for the comic-inspired tactical Role Playing Game - Freedom Force(tm) for the Mac.
"Freedom Force is one of the most intriguing and fun games to be released for Mac OS X," said Mark Cottam, President of MacPlay. "It delivers a truly unique gaming experience and is sure to be a favorite for the Holiday's."

Flashing back to the Silver Age of comic books, players can form, train and lead Freedom Force, a team of 14 original comic heroes headed to Patriot City to foil Lord Dominion's scheme of having the planet Earth destroy itself. The game consists of 22 unique missions, the majority of which will require a squad of four heroes such as the patriotic leader "Minuteman," the powerful "ManBot" and the fiery "El Diablo."
A fully featured RPG skill system rewards strategic heroes by allowing players to juggle stats, pump up powers, recruit new heroes and strengthen existing heroes based on experience accumulated in tactical missions.

Freedom Force, priced at $US 39.99, is equipped with LAN multiplayer support and carries a "T" (Teen) rating from the ESRB. To order Freedom Force, visit the MacPlay web store at www.macplay.com/store .

If you're not familiar with the game, here are some reviews w/screenshots of the PC version at Gamespot (au), Gamesdomain and Extended Play.

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 4 new reports this morning. Total to date: 7,754. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Other World Computing G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • PowerLogix G4 1GHz Dual in Dual G4 500 (rated 2)
  • Powerlogix G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 8600/250 (rated 9)

(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 searchable database had 5 new reports added this morning. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, 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, adapters). Current total 9,052 reports.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW Case) Sony DRU-500A used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (some problems noted)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor 12/10/32A (12x10x32x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Samsung SW-240 (40x12x40) in 7600 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)
    (problems noted w/10.2.2)
  • Sony CRX-215e (48x24x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using modified sony plugin for itunes support)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80GB in iMac (OS X)

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.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. 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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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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