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Darwin 1.4.1 released, new GNU-packages
Darwin 1.4.1, released last week by Apple, is available on the Web. GNU-Darwin has posted Net Installation instructions for Darwin-only users and a beta of its bootable Installer CD. The new GNU packages, which work with the Darwin-bundled XFree86 software, are compatible with OS X 10.1, including OpenSSH and XFree86. A reader forwarded some more notes from a mass email:
"It is important for OSX.1 users to upgrade their OpenSSH. This is a great time to check out our other packaged offerings, which are also Darwin-1.4.1 and Mac OSX.1 compatible. OSX.1 users who are new to GNU-Darwin might like to try our new Net Installer. Just follow the OSX-specific directions at the top of the script."
AIMgagdet 2.2: log viewer comes to OS X
AIMgadget 2.2 is a freeware tool for conveniently viewing logs. Version 2.2 adds the ability to view Netscape AIM logs and suppor for reverse session order, as well as other minor improvements. A Carbon version, AIMgadget 2.2b1, is also available, for viewing old logs in Mac OS X (however, AIM for Mac OS X does not support logging, yet). [Classic, Carbon]
ZipBurst 2.5: zipcode look up tool for Web
ZipBurst CGI 2.5, a distance locator and database lookup tool for Webservers, adds three new conditional tests to show records in your data base that can't be physically located. A new "Trial Size" 2-month license for The ZipBurst CGI Pro with US locations is available for $25 (with upgrades to the full 1-year license also discounted by 25%).
Interesting Forum Threads - 10/8/01
Some interesting threads in our recently reopened forums include: a welcome to and some information about our new forums, slower Terminal.app speed in OS X 10.1, setting up Anonymous FTP services in OS X 10.1, a reader's ideas on how to improve the Dock, news about Unreal Tournament for Mac OS X, and information about our new Team MacNN Distributed Computing website.
Motley Fool talks Apple retail
The Motley Fool has published a "Fool Plate Special" examining different tactics being exhibited by computer manufacturers in the retail market. The article says that while Dell, Gateway and Apple have similar strategies, they are using contrasting methods. "Apple ... is moving in the opposite direction, gradually opening retail stores across the country... While the differing approaches may seem odd given that these two companies peddle ostensibly similar products -- though one, obviously, is a manufacturer and marketer and the other a straight retailer -- both moves make sense, though neither is without risk."
MacNN Forums Back Online
The MacNN forums are online and operational again on our new forum server. We took the opportunity to clean up a few things during the transition, and we greatly appreciate your support and patience over the past few weeks. The new forums are accessible at http://newforums.macnn.com, and we should be making additional modifications for additional performance boosts over the next two weeks. Thanks to our forum administrators for their hard work. Hope to see you at our new forums! --MacNN Staff
FLEXIm, licensing management, ships for OS X
Macrovision Corp has begun shipping FLEXlm, its licensing management pacakge, for Mac OS X. "(Our Software) benefits from the super-modern operating system's power, stability and advanced networking capabilities," said company officials in a statement. Several license options are available for FLEXlm, including a demo version.
PocketNotes 1.01: notepad, outlining app
English and Dutch versions of PocketNotes 1.01, an update to the $20 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning, includefixes bugs and minor performance enhancements.
QuicKeys X: new automation util for OS X
CE Software today announced the release of QuicKeys X, a Cocoa- version of its keyboard and automation utility that includes the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts repetitive tasks, including "Type Text" functions and Mouse Recording. The $60 utiilty is available for a special migration price of $50. A bundle of QuicKeys 5.0/QuickKeys X is $140. [updated]
Reuters profiles Office v.X for Mac
A Reuters article notes that Microsoft has begun a $6 million marketing campaign to sell Office v.X and that the company projects sales of 750,000 by next June.
Pix Lite 1.1.6 adds 10.1 support to viewer
SearchWare Solutions has released Pix Lite 1.1.6, an OS X 10.1-compatible version of its $15 shareware QuickTime-based media viewer.
Dell: turnaround in 2002, we wil grow
Dell sees reason for a turnaround in 2002 in its PC sales, ancitipating resumed consumer spending on computers and pledging to spend some $700 million a year on research and development.
Joy 2.3: developer productivity, RAD tool
Joy 2.3 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility to AAA+ Software's developer productivity and RAD tool that includes a run-time class browser and object inspector to debug applications and inspect Cocoa applications. Licensing starts at $70 and a free demo is available.
Intel\'s floppy-free attitude discussed
An OsOpinion.com article discusses Intel's recent attempts to discourage PC manufacturers from including floppy drives and serial ports in their upcoming models. "The iMac's form factor, small footprint, colors, removal of many legacy ports, and nearly every other aspect of the machine have been all but entirely copied except for one thing -- removal of the floppy drive."
breve 1.2 gets speed boost, enhanced graphics
breve 1.2 is a simulation environment which allows users to define the behaviors and interactions of different types of agents in a simulated 3D world and observe the emergent behaviors. The new version features enhanced graphics, speed improvements, and more comprehensive documentation.
MacNN Forums about to reopen
Our new forum server is up and running, and we're almost done transferring all our forum data across. We're in the finishing stages of polishing it up, optimizing performance, fixing a few problems that occurred during the forum transplant, and updating the DNS to point to the raw IP address. The forums currently located at http://forums.macnn.com are still down, but once the new forums are up we will set those links to redirect to our new pages. As soon as we finish up, we will inform our readers (even if the DNS hasn't fully updated yet) so they can get back to discussion. MacNN Forums are on schedule to open later today. Thank you for your patience during this turbulent transition.
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