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Final Acgi Dispatcher ships
Acgi Dispatcher 1.0 allows Mac users to write CGI programs in AppleScript that can be run with the Apache Web server that is built into Mac OS X. This initial release is the result of several successful public beta tests. Acgi Dispatcher costs $15 USD for a home or educational user, $35 for a commercial license.
DealNN bargains, contest
DealNN has posted several new bargains today; DealNN/MacNN are giving away a free Apple 5GB iPod to a lucky winner in June, see DealNN for details.
Harpoon3 v3.4.9 released
Mac OS X 10.1.4 reportedly helps with cardbus
A MacNN reader offers this troubleshooting tidbit:
After Ratoc Systems posted a Mac OS X beta driver for their CB31 and CB32 SCSI Cardbus PC Cards in January 2002, I still couldn't get programs on my PowerBook G4 to recognize my CD-RW or scanner. Recently, I decided to give it another try running Mac OS X v10.1.3 (with latest security update) and more recently Mac OS X v10.1.4. Amazingly, Toast 5.1.1 burned discs on my external SCSI CD-RW and VueScan 7.5b managed to grab images off my Epson SCSI scanner. With 10.1.4, Mac OS X integrated CD-burning software also recognizes the external CD-RW, but I haven't tried burning anything with it yet.
Reader: ViaVoice headset issues go unresolved
MacNN Reader John Davidson recently wrote to IBM concerting the headset that comes with the company's ViaVoice voice recognition software. "The problem is that the earphone connector does not fit the new iMac socket. IBM had no solution; they said they would get back to me on 4/15 but never did. They also said that I should not attempt to connect the headset with an adapter that would fit the earphone socket because this might damage the iMac." ViaVoice users who still use the included headset from IBM are advised to contact technical support to seek a solution; as noted by IBM, users should not attempt to use adapters.
Release Candidate of Mozilla 1.0 available
Mozilla 1.0rc1 is a release candidate of the open-source browser, offering one-button publishing to the Web; fixes problems viewing the source of .cgi-generated pages; reorganized menu bar and contextual menus; add LDAP over SSL and allows LDAP Address Book replication; a new download manager, and a preference for setting a minimum font size for web content. [Classic, OSX]
Reader: ASU upgrading computer lab with Macs
MacNN reader Bill Gunty writes: "Arizona State University is outfitting its largest computer lab with G4 iMacs. In that lab there are currently half dell, and half PowerMac 4400s and 7300s. All the PowerMacs are being replaced with brand new G4 iMacs--all together, around 75. ASU also has another computer lab that has 50 indigo iMacs in it. This is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is a big deal to ASU students and it also shows that colleges do use Macs."
Macs in action: \"Mac, Lies, & DV Tape\"
Mac, Lies, & DV Tape covers Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh's use of Macs (and other Apple software such as Final Cut Pro) on his next (all-digital) film, "Full Frontal," an "unauthorized sequel" to his hit "sex, lies, and videotape." (Soderbergh has directed other films such as "Traffic," "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's 11.")
Backup ToolKit 3.07 updater posted by FWB
FWB's Backup ToolKit 3.07 brings several enhancements and fixes to the $50 backup/synchronization utility. It adds a new settings that prevent automatic volume ejection (for proper functioning under OS X) and prevent manual execution of scheduled scripts as well as fixes for properly restoring empty folders, storing owners/groups under Classic, and other fixes.
Apple surpases Gateway in unit shipments
A MacNN reader writes: "Not sure if anyone noticed, but Apple's unit shipments and sales in the most recent quarter beat Gateway. Gateway sold 645,000 units during the quarter while Apple sold 813,000 units. It should also be noted that Apple made money while Gateway did not. I'm not sure how often this happens, but it would seem that Apple has surpassed what the AP calls "the fourth largest computer maker" at least in the short term. This may bode well as a sales tool for Apple's education sales force where Gateway has aggressively pursued 'converting' Mac-based sites."
MonkeyByte releases Galactic Patrol for OS X
MonkeyByte has released an OS X version of Galactic Patrol described as "a 3D homage to the classic arcade hits of the early 80's. The look and spirit of such legendary games as Space Invaders, Galaga, Phoenix, and Galaxian pulse through Galactic Patrol's 25 levels in over 300 waves of shoot 'em up fun." Upgrades from the classic version are $5; the full version is $20.
Wired: iMac takes twice as long on some tasks
Wired News reports on iMac slowdowns and complaints by Windows converts about the sluggishness of the computer when performing routine tasks:
"Tests conducted by Wired News confirmed reader complaints that a new 800 MHz iMac takes an average of twice as long to render Web pages as a comparable or cheaper PC running Windows XP. Even on broadband networks, the iMac's default Internet Explorer browser took an average of 10 seconds per page to render several popular sites, including CNN.com and the Apple Store homepage. ...Slashdot discussion pages and some weblog sites took even longer, despite their lack of fat graphics. The diagnosis: The problem is not a bandwidth issue caused by fat HTML, but an annoying delay in actually drawing the page onscreen after its components have been downloaded."
Tech: PC shipments, earnings, recovery
Morning tech news: Executives and analysts said they see small signs that the PC market may yet snap back a bit this year; Gateway met analyst expectations by posting a net loss of 39 cents a share, while Compaq posted a profit of $44 million (or $0.03 per share) on $7.7 billion in revenues; U.S. PC shipments grew in the first quarter by 2.3 percent to 11.1 million units, marking a turnaround after two consecutive quarters of contraction--Dell led the top four companies (Compaq, HP and IBM, respectively) with a 26.3 percent marketshare; and Microsoft profits rose nearly 12 percent for its fiscal third quarter, but the results missed Wall Street's expectations as it posted a net income of $2.74 billion (49 cents a share) due to several one-time charges.
AceReader Pro helps improve reading
AceReader Pro is new version of the $50 application for helping users improve reading skills. The new Pro family brings a new user interface, drills for helping users learn to use the product, grade-level based comprehension tests, and the ability to customize the application. The Deluxe version ($80) include a readability statistics tool to help determine the complexity and grade level of the reading material and the Network version ($565 for 10-machine license) offers a client/server architecture for session tracking and monitoring the progress of students from any computer.
Genealogy Pro 1.0b1 helps track families
Genealogy Pro 1.0b1 is a freeware software program for storing family relationships and drawing family trees. It offers a built-in database, the ability to create several types of tree charts (horizontal, vertical, ancestor, descendant) with various formatting options, custom database fields, search functions, and the ability to store notes and source citations for individuals.
USR extends range on 802.11b products
U.S. Robotics has extended the speeds of its AirPort-compatible products to 22 megabits per second (Mbps), while retaining compatibility with existing 2.4-GHz systems built to the IEEE 802.11b standard. The 22Mbps Wireless Access Point ($200); the 22-mbps Wireless Access PC Card, $100; and the 22-mbps Wireless Access PCI Adapter Card, $120 are expected to ship in June.
IE 5.14 replaces Flash 6 plugin
A MacNN reader notes that the recent IE 5.1.4 update released by Microsoft replaces the Flash 6 plugin with an older version, requiring that he reinstall the Macromedia's Flash 6 player plugin.
Apple shareholders\' meeting next week
Apple's annual shareholders' meeting will take place next Wednesday, April 24th at the company's headquarters in Cupertino. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 am PT and is open to all Apple stockholders. Apple has not published the official agenda online.
Apple event in Beijing showcases products
Apple's Director of Business Development for Apple Greater China will be showcasing the latest products and technology from Apple as well as discuss how the "computer industry is adapting in the current economic climate" in a special event hosted on April 23rd in Beijing (China).
WebMiner 2 adds SSL, cookie support
WebMiner 2 adds SSL support, cookie support, an expanded AppleScript dictionary, and native OS X support to the AppleScript-based Web utility that can open web pages, download content, submit forms and retrieve results automatically. A 14-day trial of the $40 shareware is available online. [Classic, OSX]
MS Passport may be used for online ID
The federal government might use Microsoft's Passport technology to verify the online identity of America's citizens, federal employees and businesses, according to the White House technology czar.
PowerMate 1.1 driver adds Gaming Mode
Griffin has released PowerMate v1.1 software for OS X, which addresses new compatibility issues brought about with the recent release of OS X 10.1.4; adds several new "mouse" and "scroll" functions to the selectable computer actions; includes an adjustable Sensitivity slide bar for each Application Setting; and brings a new gaming mode.
MRJPluginCarbon-1.0fc1 enables Java support
MRJPluginCarbon-1.0fc1 is a final candidate of the plugin to enable Java support in Mozilla/Netscape 6.x on OS X. It now correctly resizes applets when resizing a window, fixes a plugin reference leak involving LiveConnect code, and adds versioning strings to the mimetype list to work around problem with sites that use the embed tag with a specific version number rather than the applet tag.
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