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Hacking OS X drivers for unsupported Epsons
Marco Tabacchi has posted a tutorial on how to hack existing OS X Epson drivers to work with unsupported Epson printers: "The patch has been worked out on a Stylus Scan 2500 and a Stylus Color 1160 A3, but the quest for other unsupported printers continue."
Apple expands procurement office in Taipei
Apple is expanding its Asia procurement office in Taipei (Taiwan), and sending staff to open a branch office in Shenzhen, China. "The Taipei office that was established in 1994 and staffed by 30 people is expected to make $3 billion in purchases this year, with the figure increasing in 2002, according to Nasdaq." The report also notes that PC manufacturer Quanta will deliver between 300,000 and 400,000 notebook PCs to Apple next year and denied rumours that Apple will next year order PowerBooks from its competitors, Compal Electronics or Wistron, rather than Quanta.
Graph-O-Matic 1.0: shareware graphing calc
Graph-O-Matic 1.0 is a $15 shareware utility that graphs functions in 2D or 3D space.
GetItRight 1.6.2: spell checker for 4D
Automated Solutions Group today released GetItRight 1.6.2, an update to the spell and grammar checking plug-in for 4D and 4D Write 6.5 and 6.7. This maintenance release fixes all known issues with licensing and registration codes and fixes conflicts with AreaList Pro and CalendarSet, as well as 4D's Internet Commands.
MS delays $150 Office v. X upgrade shipments
Steve Mock notes that Microsoft has delayed shipments of his $150 Office v. X upgrade, adding to the troubles already reported here at MacNN (shipment delays from the Apple Store and free upgrade installation issues) and 11-day shipment delays for the product UK:
"I just received an email from Microsoft stating the $149.00 upgrade for Office 2001 users is out of stock and isn't expected to ship until 1/7/02. This seems like a really typical Microsoft tactic - screw the Office 2001 users. I can't believe they didn't produce enough copies for the demand. Those of us who want Office X now will be forced to buy the upgrade at $270+. This sucks. Thought you should know."
Reader: service issue with 500MHz TiPB
A MacNN reader writes about an issue with early revisions of the PowerBook G4: "We're a service provider and Apple seems to have a hidden issue with the IrDA(infrared) port in the first rev of PB G4s under OS 10.1.1, it won't work. It only seems to work in the new 550s and 667MHz. They are aware of this issue and they're working on it, but they don't know when it'll be fixed. There's no articles regarding this issue either."
MacPlay announces pre-order special
MacPlay today announced that Sacrifice, its upcoming multiplayer, real-time 3D RTS game with strong RPG elements, has reached beta and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in early December. MacPlay is offering a pre-order special price of $50, which includes a free copy of the Sacrifice Official Strategy Guide and free ground shipping for customers in the continental US. (MacPlay previously informed us of a December 7th ship date.)
Four Apple stores open Friday, other notes
Four new Apple retail stores are set to open on Friday, including Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA; according to a store sign), The Falls (Miami, FL), Fashion Valley (San Diego, CA), and Walden Galleria (Buffalo, NY). Meanwhile, one reader reports that Apple has a store under construction in Lenox Mall (Atlanta, GA), while another notes that Apple Store Clarendon (Arlington, VA) is listed as "coming soon."
MS settles cases, pledges $1B to schools
Microsoft yesterday reached a deal to settle a several private antitrust cases that would require it to spend over a $1 billion to put software and computers into some of the poorest U.S. schools: "The five-year program would settle class action claims that Microsoft abused its monopoly over personal computer operating systems and overcharged millions of people for software," according to Reuters.
Happy Lasso 1.0 patch Home Page 3.0 for Lasso
JAW software has released Happy Lasso 1.01, a freeware patch for Claris Home Page 3.0, which prevents the Web editor from "replacing certain characters ('&', '[' and ']') that cause the malfunctioning of Lasso commands."
OS X: NAV 8.0 beta, OS X Server 10.1.1 update
osx.macnn.com has news of a public beta of Symantec NAV 8.0b, OS X Server 10.1.1 update, Live365's OS X support, Microsoft Office v. X installation issues, Text Wielder (custom services application), and a Brood War patch for OS X.
Symantec begins public testing of NAV 8.0b
Symantec has posted a new beta of Norton Anti-Virus 8.0b (NAV) for public beta testing. The new version contains the Norton AntiVirus Application, which scans and repairs viruses; an AutoProtect feature for OS X that scans for viruses as files are written to disk; and a Scheduler for NAV activity. It expires in 30 days and the company is offering free copies to those who actively participate in the beta testing:
"We will give away 25 FREE copies of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh to the first 25 beta users that submit undocumented bugs. We will also randomly select 25 additional beta respondents to win a FREE copy of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh. Winners will receive a copy of Norton Antivirus for Macintosh after it has been officially released. Please be sure to include your complete mailing address in your message."
NY Post recommends iPod despite high-price
iPod is Tops, according to a New York Post review: "Apple chief Steve Jobs was late to the game with an Apple music player, but his super-device was worth waiting for."
Unsupported UtilityX 2.0 supports OS X 10.1
OWC has released Unsupported UtilityX v2.0, a utility that allows users of select pre-G3 Macintosh computers the ability to install and use OS X. Version 2.0 brings support for OS X 10.1.
MacSoft announces GM of Survivor, due in Dec.
MacSoft has announced that Mac version of Survivor, based on the "reality" television series of the same name, has gone 'GM' (golden master) and will ship to retailers in December, according to IMG. "The inaugural edition features the real-life casts from the first two Survivor television series - Pulau Tiga and Australia - and incorporates many of the exciting elements from the show including the infamous Immunity Challenges and Tribal Council."
Blizzard posts Brood War for OS X patch
FireCable provides power to FireWire devices
CompuCable has introduced a Universal FireWire Power Adapter, the FireCable system, which includes one FireWire pass-through power cable, and one FireWire AC/DC adapter (similar to Apple's iPod AC adapter): "The idea behind the FireCable is to provide electrical current in situations where bus-power (as well as bus-charging) is essential for a device to operate properly, eliminating the need to purchase a brand-specific AC power adapter." It also enables iPod's FireWire-transfer-mode (and provides bus-charging), when the iPod is connected to PowerBooks with PCMCIA FireWire controllers. Additional power adapters are available for USB and PS/2 buses as well as for utilizing an automotive DC power source.
Special limited offer on CatDV 2.0
Square Box has cut the price of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility CatDV 2.0 from $70 to $35 for a limited time. The 50% reduction, also available on upgrades and multi-user licenses, is good through November 26.
Apple begins iBook, AppleWorks promos
Apple has started two new promotions: "Work has it Rewards," which bundles either The Sims or The Sims House Party Expansion Pack with AppleWorks through February 28, 2002; and "Play more. Pay less," which offers a $100 back (via a mail-in rebate) on the purchase of an iBook between November 21 and December 31, 2001.
Mozilla 0.96 browser continues development
Mozilla 0.96, an update to the open-source browser effort, now displays page icons in the URL bar, supports the display of Windows .BMP and .ICO images, adds a 'Print Preview' and 'Page Setup' functions, and a new 'Search for item' function in the context menu, which lets you search for any text you highlight on a web page.
Digital Universe 2.4: desktop astronomy app
Digital Universe 2.4, a free update to the $94 desktop astronomy package, offers full support for the control of LX200 and Autostar-based computerized telescopes, a new special red "night palette" for night viewing, a new "Functions" control panel, and other enhancements.
OS X Server 10.1.1 available from Apple
Apple has released v10.1.1 update for OS X Server, which offers "improved improved reliability and performance of Apple file services, Apache web and Mail services under heavy load. Enhancements have also been made to improve server administration, SMB printer sharing, WINS registration and system clock accuracy." It is available via the Software Update or online.
Live365.com now supports OS X broadcast
Larry LeSueur notes that Live365.com has added OS X support for its broadcast tool: "If you aren't familiar with internet radio, go to the iTunes 'Radio Tuner' section and you'll get the idea. The Live365 site (as well as www.live365.com (a broadband connection will provide the best experience, but 56k works ok)."
Outpost.com responds to Mac inventory issues
Russ Alman and others have forwarded official responses from Outpost.com regarding its lack of Mac CPU inventory: "Due to our recent merger with Fry's Electronics, we are currently in the process of transitioning our inventory and will not be offering Apple hardware. We hope to resolve this situation shortly."
MicroNet upgrades RAIDbank storage line
MicroNet announced upgraded capacity and performance for its RAIDbank storage product. The Ultra3 RAIDbank houses up to ten high-performance, hot-swappable hard drive modules offering up to 1.8 Terabytes of storage, The RAIDbank hardware controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, and 5. Pricing starts at $5,900.
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