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Reader: iMac shipping delays
MacNN Reader John Byrne writes that he has experienced a shipping delay with his iMac order:
I ordered my iMac at exactly 2pm the day of release, so I am in the first batch. Here is the latest report from Fedex (it shipped from Taiwan on 1/29)
Package status ANCHORAGE AK (01/31/2002 18:34) Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay
I called FedEx, all they could say was that it will delay things, maybe till next week sometime. They could give me no reason for the action taken by the "regulatory agency."
Apple posts special instructions for new G4s
Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article for PowerMac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) owners interested in upgrading from Mac OS X v10.1.2 to Mac OS X Server 10.1. The article notes owners of 800 MHz, 933 MHz, and dual 1 GHz machines should initiate installation using the "MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg," rather than using the "Install Mac OS X Server" application.
Corel/Apple promotion gives apps away
TheG4.com reports that Corel's Procreate and Apple ran a promotion earlier today where the companies gave away three popular creative applications to the first 1000 users who registered. The promotion, which ended very quickly, required users to possess a valid Adobe Photoshop serial number. Although users can no longer register to obtain the applications for free, Corel is offering KnockOut 2 for $50 less than the normal retail price.
Storage device maker adds to management
MicroNet Technology today announced changes in the company's executive management team. Phillip Ford has been named to lead engineering initiatives as the acting CTO and Yossi Sevy is slated to manage channel relations as Director of Business Development. MicroNet has developed many storage solutions including the SANcube and DataDock.
PhotoAlbum Pro v1.1 adds new options
REALmac Software has announced PhotoAlbum Pro v1.1, an update the photo album generator for web distribution. New in version 1.1 is the ability to create thumbnails ranging from 64x48 to 256X192 pixels, change the "index page" name and have header and footer HTML. Also added is a new theme and several bug fixes. PhotoAlbum Pro is $10.
Reader: Apple excludes early-adopters
Dennis Globus shares his dissatisfaction with a recent promotion by Apple that excludes some of the earliest iMac buyers: "They took my order on a new iMac then, a few days later, sent me emails for a $25 discount on the computer and a $150 discount on Office. Problem is, neither of the discounts is valid because I'd already purchased the computer."
Beta of Pocket Quicken 2.01 for OSX available
LandWare has released a public beta of Pocket Quicken v2.01 for Mac OS X. "LandWare is pleased to be among the first developers to produce a conduit that is fully compatible with Palm Desktop 4.0 beta running under Macintosh OS X." The new beta conduit requires Quicken 2002 for Mac OS X and Palm Desktop 4.0b.
Type/Creator database v2002 announced
Ilan Szekely has announced the 22nd release of the Type/Creator database. The new 2002 version includes over 5400 new codes, totalling 39115 entries in the database. The new database also includes data about duplicate codes, which can cause conflicts, and PC extensions (where available).
Chinese language support comes to PocketNotes
Pocket Software today announced that PocketNotes v1.12 has been released and is available for download. PocketNotes v1.12 is an incremental update to PocketNotes, a notepad application for outlining and planning. Enhancements include full Chinese language support. This update is free for all registered users; PocketNotes is $20 for new users.
NineWire offers new 56K dialup
NineWire Digital Solutions has announced a new dialup internet service for Macintosh users. NineWire CEO Jesse Williams-Proudman said the company's new 'RetroSpeed Nationwide 56k' dialup plan is "as easy as the iMac." The service will cost $15 a month and is being billed as an alternative to more expensive broadband service providers.
Architosh: Vue d\'Esprit 4 for OS X
Access offers \'Office in the Sky\'
Axcess has expanded its custom database software design base to include Satellite Internet services, offering wireless networked users internet connectivity in virtually any remote location.: "In aircraft, we are installing a new satellite technology which delivers ISDN speeds globally. Recently Gulfstream Corp. has approved 802.11b for wireless networks inside the cabin. Combined with an on board server, we provide an 'Office in the Sky' complete with printer, fax, file sharing and our custom client/server database solutions. It also recently released version 7.1 of its custom accounting and e-commerce client/server software for OS X, which is based on the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment.
Class actoin lawsuit against Apple flled
A MacNN reader notes that King & Ferlauto has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California Superior Court, alleging that Apple has violated the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act by "not supporting certain G3-equipped models of Mac systems with the same features in Mac OS X afforded to more recently developed G4-based systems. " [no details available]
Reader: details on GPU in Power Macs?
Steve Bakke notes that Apple's new Power Mac G4 may actually ship with a modified Geforcce 3 MX card:
"I just thought I would send in this tidbit. I spent some time looking at Apple info pages on the new G4 boxes, since I just bought the 933 system. According to Apple's tech info on the graphics card, the graphics chip used is an Nvidia NV17. This is what they are calling a "GeForce 4 MX" card. As it turns out, the GeForce 4MX is really a modified and re-branded GeForce 3 GPU. Check out the following quote from The Inquirer: 'NV 17 will use Geforce 4 MX brand. It is interesting to see that what we used to call Geforce 3 MX - the very own NV17 becomes Geforce 4 all of a sudden.'According to Nvidia's web page (), the NV17 is actually their mobile version of the GeForce 3 line. So while this card is a huge improvement, Mac users shouldn't be fooled into thinking they got something before the PC world."
Roxio releases Toast Video CD fix
Roxio has informed MacNN about a fix for its Video CD encoding component:
Today, the Video CD encoder QuickTime component that was delivered with the Toast 5.1 and Toast 5.1.1 updaters will expire. Customers are asked to download and run this updater to provide full Video CD encoding functionality in Toast 5 Titanium. The component will not expire. Attached is a copy of the updater as well. This fix will be rolled into the next Toast Titanium updater. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Software piracy from developer perspective
Ambrosia Software's Matt Slot, has written an article on software piracy "from the perspective of a software publisher. It relates Ambrosia's own experience with software piracy, license codes systems, and shows, unfortunately, how rampant piracy is in the sofware business."
OS X theme available for Windows XP
Dylan Neild notes an OS X knockoff theme for Windows XP: "Someone made a VERY ugly OS X theme for Windows XP... right down to the finder bar and the Apple icon. With any luck, someone from Apple legal'll see it and unleash the hounds on them... this is to ugly to be allowed to continue. Check out the number of downloads! 100,000 XP geeks would rather look at OS X all day."
Atstake: CF interface for Apple II
Richard Dreher has developed a CompactFlash/IDE interface for the Apple ][, which provides dual 32M ProDOS partitions," as noted by atstake. The site also notes that an "enterprising AppleScript hacker was able to track down his sister's stolen iMac" using Timbuktu.
Wired: \'Ersatz Designs Honor Apple\'
Wired News talks about the variety of speculative Power Mac designs that Mac users were hoping for in the recent Power Mac announcement by Apple.
Reader: PowerGuardian software for UPS on OSX
Manfred Lam writes "Most UPS systems such Belkin which I own don't have OS X support as of yet. While browsing the web I found a beta version of a UPS manager that works for most UPS units. It is compatible for OS X and OS X server. It will automatically shutdown the computer in the event of a power failure and monitor current UPS status. PowerGuardian works with most popular UPS's from manufacturers such as APC, Belkin, TrippLite, and Best. With the addition of a USB-to-serial converter from Keyspan, PowerGuardian will work with the widest range of UPS products so you are no longer restricted to the few models that support USB. The software is currently free as a beta software and has just been upgraded with expanded UPS support."
Mactracker 1.6.2 adds new Mac info
Mactracker 1.6.2 adds info on the new Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) and Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver 2002) models as well as a few database corrections to the shareware database that "provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, upgrade, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple monitors, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Newtons and versions of the Mac OS." [Classic, Carbon]
IMG: Jobs interview on Mac gaming
Inside Mac Games has posted an interview with Steve Jobs on the state of Mac gaming: "When I returned to Apple a few years ago, games were viewed as something which would paint the Mac as a less-than-serious business tool, so game development was discouraged. We feel quite differently, and actively try to nurture our game developers."
Lind ships new iPod Automobile Adapter
Lind Electronics is shipping its iPod Automobile Power Adapter, which connects via an included FireWire cable and provides power to charge internal battery and operate the iPod from automobile 12V DC outlet. The $20 power adapter is housed in a lightweight composite ABS plastic case with an LED to indicate that power is present. (It is manufactured by Griffin Technology, who is expected to ship a similar product at a similar price point.)
Zoomify Photo Visualizer for iTunes posted
Pixelpalooza: annual icon contest
The Iconfactory's Pixelpalooza is an annual icon design contest, which is accepting submissions through Monday, April 1, 2002.
Adobe acquires Canadian Web-form maker
Adobe today announced that it has agreed to acquire publicly-held Canadian company Accelio, a provider of Web-enabled solutions that help customers manage business processes driven by electronic forms. Adobe expects the acquisition of Accelio to "quickly broaden its ePaper solution business by combining Accelio's electronic forms solutions with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) technologies." The all-for-stock deal is worth an estimated $72 million.
Sonnet announces lower pricing on products
Sonnet today announced lowered pricing on its line Piccolo drives by as much as $80 and pricing on its Crescendo G3 and G4 upgrades. The Piccolo 32 MB is $70 ($30 drop), the 64MB model is $100 ($50 drop), and the 128MB model is $170 ($80 drop). Sonnet's Crescendo/PCI G3/500/1M is $250 ($50 drop) and its Crescendo/PCI G4/450/1M is $300 ($100 drop), while its Crescendo/L2 G3/500/1M upgrade is now $300 ($50 drop). Sonnet's Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards also dropped by as much as $100 and its Tempo RAID66 drive controller card is now $150 ($50 drop).
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