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News stories of Nov 20th, 2003: (later posted items first)
Tiger Woods 2003 v1.1 and Descent2/X Updates
VT today lists the Tiger woods 2003 v1.1 update with along list of fixes including notes on speed ups w/8500-9000 ATI cards in Jaguar.
There's also a D2X (Descent 2 for OS X) 0.2.6b5 update there but see the page for more details on the beta and additional files needed.
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Logic Audio Platinum X and ProTools Updates
MU lists the Logic Audio Platinum Updater X 6.3.2 (fixes for G5 duals/10.3 compat. and more - see page for complete list) and Pro Tools Updater 6.2r2.1 (adds support for Pro Tools|HD and HD Accel on a Power Mac G5s running Mac OS X 10.2.7 or 10.2.8.)
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Panther Security Update 2003-11-19 includes Safari 1.1.1 Update
Although it wasn't listed in the update, a reader sent a note that the recent Security update for Panther/10.3.1 included an update to Safari (to v1.1.1)

" The latest security update for Panther also updated some files for Safari. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere. Safari showed a small update to 1.1.1 (v100.1)
-Dale D.

Listing files for Security Update 2003-11-19
./Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist
./Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/Safari
./Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ InfoPlist.strings
./Applications/Safari.app/Contents/version.plist
./usr/lib/libcrypto.0.9.dylib
./usr/lib/libssl.0.9.dylib
./usr/lib/libz.1.1.3.dylib "

I verified that a 10.3.1 system here w/o the 2003-11-19 Security Update applied had Safari 1.1 before and v1.1.1 after the Security Update. I also checked a system with 10.2.8 which had the security update applied yesterday and it shows Safari version 1.0.1. (According to reports, Safari 1.1.1 doesn't fix the cookie theft vulnerability issue noted earlier today.)

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Reader Performance tests in 10.3 with Journaling On and Off
I had missed this reader mail in the past (just too many coming in day and night to keep up) but after yesterday's news link to an article on 10.3 journaling, Oliver sent a reminder that he had previously posted a page with OS X 10.3 Journaling performance tests.
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Combat Mission: Afrika Korps Demo
(from their PR email - Note this game is NOT OS X compatible and won't run in classic mode per their FAQ. That info should be on the download page but isn't. I wrote to ask they include that there and in PR emails in the future.)

" Battlefront.com, producers of several excellent turn based World War 2 ground based combat simulation games has opened preordering and released a demo of its next release: Combat Mission: Afrika Korps. The demo includes 2 scenarios and is approximately 94mb in size. Combat Mission: Afrika Korps (CMAK) covers operations across the western desert, Sicily and Italy. It includes units for all the major combatants engaged in the Mediteranean theater.
The game and related forums can be found at: Battlefront.com "

The page with the 95MB Demo download for the Mac and PC is here.

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Apple page on Halo, includes system requirements
A reader sent a note that Apple has posted a Halo preview that includes system requirements.

  • Mac OSX 10.2.8 or higher (10.3 recommended)
  • 800Mhz PowerPC G4 (1Ghz or higher recommended)
  • 256MB RAM (512 recommended)
  • 32MB AGP Video Card: Geforce 2MX /ATI 7000 (typo? 7000 is a PCI card) or better (64MB GeForce 4Ti or ATI 9000 (or better) recommended)
  • 1.4GB hard disk space
  • Lan or internet connection for multiplayer.
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Cookie Theft Vulnerability still exists in Safari 1.1
(Note: a reader sent a note that the latest Security update for Panther/10.3.1 updates Safari to v1.1.1. I don't enable cookies in browsers and have not tested to see if 1.1.1 fixes the issue noted below present in Safari 1.1. The reader that reported this said 1.1.1 does not fix the issue.)
From a reader email recd last night in reply to yesterday's security updates for 10.2.8 and 10.3.

" See article and test:
Safari Cookie theft
It is an old Mozilla problem which surprises me that it made it into Panther. New update (yesterday) does not address
John G. "

I never enable cookies in any browser normally (unless required for a specific site transaction and then I disable/delete them afterwards).
Update/Tip: I've not personally tried it but reportedly a fix for this issue is available at http://hetima.com/soft/cookiemonsterfix.html. (Bottom of page has English text version of info/instructions.)

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Transinl 1GB Memory modules for iMac G4 line
After the recent intro of a 20-inch LCD iMac, sponsor Transintl sent a press release/reminder on their 1GB memory modules for the iMac line (allows up to 2GB of total RAM). See their pages on the iMac G4 1.25 GHz 20 inch Model, Apple iMac G4 17 inch and iMac 15 inch for details. They also included a link to their 1GB module for the iBook G4.
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Feedback on Open Source Flightgear and free Racer game for OS X
Yesterday's news had a note/link to an open-source, multi-platform flight simulator called FlightGear. (See their Downloads page for OS X downloads and note on terminal command to launch the game).
Here's the first reader feedback on the game, which also mentions a free (but not open source) Racer game:

" I tried it on my fw800 G4 (1x g4 1ghz) with a gf4mx and 10.2.8 and it worked quite well. I tried versions in the past on my summer 2000 imac dv (g3-400 and rage128 8mb) and it worked well tho required fiddling to run at decent framerates. It ran at 30fps on the g4 for the most part, then i crashed the plane (i always do). It seems like a very powerful product, i know you can get loads of maps for it.
You might as well try the driving simulator at www.racer.nl, i get between 20 and 60fps on that same G4 and it works fine with my logitech momo wheel.
(there's some past posts here on Racer and Racer and USB gamepads)
Take note that both of these apps require a bit of tweaking to work as you might have to tweak config files to get them to run properly.
Hope this helps, your site helped me more often than not.
xonox / quikphix "

Another reader today wrote about Racer:

" I tried Racer a while ago (not sure if it's been updated since then) on my Dual 1 Ghz Quicksilver with stock Gf 4MX and 1GB ram. I didn't run it full screen but in window mode I got around 60 Fps in the stock car / maps but that dropped down to around 20 Fps in 3rd party ones. But the thing is mainly unplayable because when you hit the end of a map you go bouncing into space. This bug is unrecoverable and it makes it very annoying trying to get the hang of it. I't s nice project but it still needs a lot of work.
Maarten "

I don't have much free time to try these, but If any other readers try Flightgear or Racer, let me know what you think (include your mac model, graphics card, OS X version, etc.) Thanks.

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Blizzard World of Warcraft Interview with Chris Metzen, New Frozen Throne Deadlands Map
This may be old news now, but last night Blizzard sent their latest "Insider" mail with a link to their World of Warcraft Interview with Chris Metzen.
Also included in the mail is a link to download their latest addon map for Frozen Throne titled Deadlands.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,906. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • PowerLogix G3/900 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked here. 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 8 new reports added (reader entries from Yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday 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 11,774 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    CDRW Drives:
  • SCSI Plextor 12x4x32 used w/7500 (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Liteon LTR-52327S (52x32x52) in Beige G3 (OS X)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) LG 4040B used w/9600 (OS 9.1)
    (no itunes/db burn support)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-106D in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (finder dvd burning error noted)
  • IDE Sony DRU-510A in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (using modified burn support plugin)
    (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)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 60GB in Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X 10.3)
    (Reader FYI - This drive was reviewed here earlier this year, see IDE topics page, HD section for review links. Pismo PB G3 illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IDE Maxtor 120GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X)
  • IDE Maxtor 160GB in Dual G4 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
    (problems noted - flashed Sonnet card after adding drive)
    (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.)

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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Recent Reviews and Articles:
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago
(These older pages in some cases have off-site links that may no longer work. Remember comments were accurate only on the date posted regarding producs/availability/pricing, etc.)

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