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Tech News: TrueSAN to exhibit at Storewidth
TrueSAN Networks, developer of storage infrastructure software, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the Storewidth conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. The four-day conference, hosted by George Gilder, brings together industry leaders to discuss the impact that the influx of digital information and increasing Internet traffic have on the Storewidth industry. The event begins March 24, 2002 and is held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Reader: 10GB iPod ships
Gene Anaya writes: "I received e-mail confirmation that my new 10GB iPod (with no engraving) shipped today." This is the second confirmed 10GB iPod shipment today. Other MacNN readers note that 10GB iPods are already available at Apple retail locations.
ATI ships new Mac graphics chipset
The ATI Radeon 8500 Mac Edition officially begun shipping this week, according to Inside Mac Games. The Radeon 8500 retail for Mac features a core clock speed of 250 MHz and a memory clock speed of 275 MHz; also included is 64MB of on-board DDR memory.
Apple to attend NSBA Conference
Apple today announced that it will attend the National School Boards Association's Annual Conference -- a meeting of top educators and company executives. The conference offers the latest in education technology; Apple is expected to demonstrate Mac OS X, Remote Desktop and AirPort technology. The three-day conference is scheduled for April 6-9, 2002 in New Orleans, LA; Apple will offer demos at booth 2013. Update: Apple is also scheduled to attend NAB2002, an annual gathering of media technology leaders. The company will hold booth L14400 during the April 8-11, 2002 exhibit.
Still Camera Driver 1.0 provides OSX support
IOXperts has released a public beta of USB Still Camera Driver -- a free Mac OS X driver that supports over sixty different low-end USB digital cameras. Using USB Still Camera Driver v1.0b6, users can import pictures from the supported cameras directly into iPhoto or the Image Capture application.
eLister 1.3 helps create eBay listings
eLister v1.3, an auction listing utility for use with eBay -- an online auction service -- is now available for download. Version 1.3 includes eight new templates, fixes a cosmetic problem that caused the store category menu to be drawn randomly and fixes Instant Palm Desktop extension conflicts. A full feature list is available on the developer's Web site. An eLister single-user license is priced at $40 and is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Harpoon3 gets minor revision
Harpoon3 v3.4.4 is a maintenance update to the $40 Mac OS X game from SpearSoft. This release fixes a bug that affected scenario and saved games that crossed the International Date Line. Added are three new options that relate to Point Defense Messages: ShowPointDefense.opt prints out basic information; ExtraShortPointDefense.opt provides extra information like "Zap!" and "Buzz!;" ExtraVerbosePointDefense.opt offers extensive info.
TTP SW updates \'The Fontz\' - font preview a
To The Point Software today announced The Fontz v3.4 for Mac OS 9/X. The Fontz now sports a revamped interface, the ability to run a slideshow, usability enhancements and smoother scrolling. The Fontz is a versatile font utility that allows the user to browse existing fonts, see what they look like at different sizes, and categorize them in a WYSIWYG format. [Classic, Carbon]
Reader: 10GB iPod ready to ship
An Apple representative informed MacNN Reader Ben Everson that his 10GB iPod -- introduced only one day ago -- is ready for shipment. Everson called to upgrade his shipping option for faster delivery, but the woman he spoke to informed him that the unit was already being processed. "I was pleasantly surprised by this, and by the sound of her voice she was also surprised that it had already shipped." No email notification has been received yet; no laser-engraving was selected.
Verizontals VH Bars for vertical mounting
Marathon Computer today introduced a new rackmount option, Verizontal VH Bars, which allows the installation of any Mac tower case in a standard 19" equipment rack, retaining the tower's vertical orientation. Two G3 or G4 tower cases can fit side-by-side in just 11 rack units of vertical space. The $32 (per pair) accessory can be used to retrofit existing G*Rack installations or can be used to mount any standard rack device vertically. Special bundle pricing is available with horizontal G*Rack mounting kits.
SwapTop 1.5 manages Desktop picts
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.5, an update to its $15 shareware Desktop Picture management utility, which allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.5 adds support for multiple monitors on OS X, supports HFS+ long file names on Mac OS 9 or X, and can now Import any image format supported by QuickTime.
GeForce4 Titantium delayed in BTO
Apple is having problems building Power Macs with GeForce4 Titanium cards, according to a note sent to a MacNN reader about his recent order, noting that the nVidia card is still delayed. The Apple Store is offering users the option to receive a Power Mac G4 with a GeForce4 MX graphics card now and receive a nVidia GeForce4 Titanium when it becomes available at a later date (allowing users to keep the GeForce4 MX at no extra cost).
ThemePark 1.0b2 helps create themes for OS X
ThemePark 1.0b2 is an application for creating themes (aka "skins") on OS X, offering the ability to edit several resource types, including clr#, clut, ppat, and pxm#. Version 1.0b2 adds the ability to resize theme elements, improves the user interface, and supports many more image formats. The beta of the $15 shareware expires April 15th.
Apple Discussion Support down
MacNN reader Steve Wolf notes that Apple's Discussion support site has been down since March 18th due to server maintenance, according to a message posted at the Website: "...This past weekend we upraded the server softare that runs Apple Discussions. Doing so will enable to us to improve Apple Discussions even more...There may be some slight interruptions as we finish the move to the new server software." Apple has not provided an update the server status nor an expected time for the site's return. [MacNN's discussions forum is another place for users to search and ask for support]
Anim 2000: 2D app goes open-source
The 2D animation software Anim 2000 is now available on SourceForge. The professional pre-production stages application includes functions for story-boarding, layout & posing, according to MacNN reader Fabrice Gaillard: "The project as been abandoned, the developer team as gone to over projects, and the code is left without any support of any kind. It is now left to the open source community, to give it a second life."
RedLightRunner expands Apple collection
RedLightRunner.com has added 30 new "rare" items to its collection of Apple-branded items, including late '80's Beach Towel, vintage Apple jackets, and vintage Apple pens.
iMsafe 1.6 now offers synchronization options
iMsafe 1.6 adds synchronization features to the $13 backup utility for OS X. Other features of the Cocoa application include incremental backups, scheduling options, automatic connection to a remote server, and preservation of file modification dates and permissions.
c|net: Jobs granted 7.5M stock options
Apple CEO Steve Jobs again took home $1 in salary last year, and was also granted 7.5 million stock options last October, according to documents filed Thursday with the SEC. His options carry an exercise price of $18.30 with 25 percent of the options immediately exercisable and the remainder to be vested over the next three years, according to c|net.
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