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Tech: HP cuts Jobs, Gates helps AIDS research
Forums: internal FireWire HD, performance...
Interesting threads in our forums include: using a FireWire HD inside a G4· G4/533 MP vs. G4/733· hooking up a Mac to a stereo· iMac that won't shutdown· PowerBook G4 400 vs. 500· difficulties booting with a FireWire CD-RW attached.
Connectix pulls VPC 4.01 updater
Connectix pulled its Virtual PC 4.01 updater last night due to power issues as well as increased tech support calls due to international downloads of the English version of the udpater, according to a note in our comments area. (There are more than a dozen comments from yesterday's news report.) [updated]
MacInstall 1.2 for shareware adds OS X
MacInstall 1.2 is the latest version of Public Access' simple Mac software installer for shareware authors. It adds adjustable compression that preserves Mac-specific information, easier editing, and Mac OS X support.
Belkin developing VGA-ADC adapter
Belkin representatives followed-up on our call for interest in VGA-ADC adapter yesterday, confirming that the company would "be stepping up our efforts to develop this product ASAP." Representatives are also looking for interest in DVI-to-ADC adapter: "We are working on developing such a product. Timeline TBD as we are in the initial research stages. I am curious as to the demand on this product. Any comments?" [post comments]
Tech: CNN sites offline, Whistler GUI changes
Tech news: CNN's Websites were offline yesterday due an error, although the cause is still being investigated; Microsoft alerted next generation Windows testers that it is making substantial changes to the look and feel of the desktop versions of "Whistler," which will reportedly include some type of "extensible shell," or graphical user interface, based on Microsoft.Net and a new Windows desktop user theme; and New PC notebooks powered by the first mobile version of AMD's Athlon processor are due by late March.
Achelous: Mac OS X for Intel using Darwin
The Achelous project is an "attempt to clone Mac OS X for the Intel platform using the Apple Darwin 1.2 kernel. There are currently two teams working on the project. The kernel team is working on the basic compiling of Darwin on Intel."
Stand-alone version of QuickTime 5 Preview 2
Apple has a stand-alone QuickTime 5 Preview 2 installer that does not require an internet connection during initial installation.
EdView part of Apple\'s iTools for Education
EdView is part of Apple's iTools for Education, offering an easy method of locating "student-friendly, teacher-approved sites on the Web," including database of educational resources as well as daily picks of the day, historical facts, and a listing of holiday sites.
Dot What 1.0 lists extensions for developers
Dot What 1.0 is a $15 database of over 1,500 file extensions that contains information "about any file extension by either typing it into the window, or you can choose it from a sorted list." Updates to the database as well as a Carbon version of the application are free to registered users.
G4 Sleeve Carrying case for Titanium PB G4
Waterfield Designs has begun manufacturing a new carrying case for the Titanium PowerBook G4. The lead-colored, sleek, minimalist G4 Sleeve Case is $33 and should be ready by the time the G4 PowerBooks ship.
AirPort-enabled ISP in SF Bay Area
AirWave is a wireless ISP, currently offering Airport-compatible, 802.11b-based wireless access in the San Francisco Bay Area from local restaurants, coffee shops, etc. The company is currently offering a limited time special of $10/month for unlimited monthly access through the end of the month.
Power Color Classic G4 project
The Mac 512 User Group has posted a page that "chronicles the conclusion of adding a Power Mac G4 Cube to a Color Classic," in what it calls the Power Color Classic G4 project.
SAS: 802.11b for inflight wireless access
Following up on a note earlier this week, Jason Greene notes that Scandinavia's SAS airline will be conducting a test of its 802.11b wireless Internet access onboard aircraft: "The onboard server is linked to a ground station when the aircraft is airborne and the content is transmitted and updated at regular intervals."
NAMM: Altiverb for DP and MAS with AltiVec
At NAMM 2001, MOTU unveiled Altiverb, a reverb plug-in for Digital Performer and MAS that offers realistic one-, two- and four-channel sampled acoustics of real halls, churches, forests, bathrooms -- and virtually any acoustic environment. The company claims it is "the first native reverb plug-in to take full advantage of AltiVec, saying that it exceeds the performance of recently introduced outboard sampled acoustics processors that cost as much as $10,000." It is expected to ship Q2 of 2001. [pricing not yet determined]
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