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Unofficial USB 2.0 drivers for MDD Power Macs
Following reports of a USB 2.0 chipset in some newer Power Macs, MacNN reader Steve Chung writes about unofficial USB 2.0 drivers for MDD Power Macs: "According to a Korean site Create Mac, it appears that the drivers for the USB 2.0 chipset in the MDD 1.25 and 1.42 Ghz are updated and confirmed that they do work. However, it also says that extreme caution should be taken and that only the two MDD models have been tested. (No liability for damaged systems.) Installation on other models could render the system inoperable." [528KB]
Reader fix for Mac OS X 10.2.5 USB bug
A MacNN reader provided fix for the Apple-acknowledged Mac OS X 10.2.5 USB bug, which we noted this morning: "Apple hasen't posted a fix for the solution just a work around. The problem lies with the file IOUSBFamily.kext which is updated to version 1.9.8 with OS 10.2.5. Downlaoding version 1.9.7 from the following link and replacing the new one in the System - Library - Extensions folder then restarting will fix the problem."
Forums roundup: PowerMac naming; UI mods, ...
MacNN discussion forums roundup: speculation about the future PowerMac naming strategy; discussion of performance issues with Warcraft III running on Mac OS X; continued discussion of Mac OS X interface modification and enhancement; one user's account of degrading iPod battery life over time.
WiFi Fleet to provide access at Marathon
Tech Superpowers today introduced its WiFi Fleet -- two cars (a Lexus and a Saturn) that will bring wireless Internet access on-site to the intersection of Newbury and Hereford Streets, half a mile from the finish line of the 107th annual Boston Marathon. It will provide Internet access within a circumference of 150 feet and on several flat-panel Macs, enabling spectators to email Apple iLife digital pictures and video postcards to friends on 'Marathon Monday.' The Internet connection is provided by NewburyOpen, and the computer services are provided by the Boston Final Cut Pro Users Group.
Apple confirms USB bug in Mac OS X 10.2.5
Apple has confirmed a Mac OS X 10.2.5 USB bug with some hubs and USB devices that causes a kernel panic on systems: "A kernel panic occurs a few minutes after starting up and you are prompted to restart. The following information may appear in the panic.log file (/Library/Logs/panic.log): 'Unresolved kernel trap(cpu 0): 0x300 - Data access'". Apple also notes that "dsimportexport" command in Mac OS X Server 10.2 does not have the ability to export data from a Directory Service database, but will import information as documented.
Apps: Euro Converter, iOrganize, SQL4X...
Macron software has released Euro Converter Pro, an advanced currency converter for Mac OS X. It introduces multiple conversions between a virtually unlimited number of currencies (more than 40), integrated calculator, remote update of currency rates and much more. Euro Converter Pro also includes a feature called QuickResults, user-definable math expressions that automatically post-process conversion results. A trial of the $25 shareware for Mac OS X is available. [2.5MB]
iOrganize 4.4.4 is a shareware ($20) application designed to store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links. This new version adds the ability to include file links inside notes, either by pasting them or by drag&drop from the Finder. It also improves the visual appearance of tables with a striped color background. [1.2MB]
SQL4X Manager J 2.5 is a graphical Interface for web and database developers to access any JDBC compliant database server. Users can choose between a terminal-like graphical SQL Console with SQL syntax coloring and table name auto-completion to execute your own SQL commands and a fully graphical schema and table browser with an integrated data editor and Image/RTF viewer for binary data. It fully supports MS SQL Server 2000, MySQL, Oracle 7/8/9i, PostgreSQL, OpenBase and Sybase with special assistants, managers and pre-configured status views. It is $60. [5.5MB]
Wacom's Mac OS X driver 4.76-3 supports all Wacom tablets with USB connection, i.e. USB tablets of the Intuos2 Series (XD), Intuos Series (GD), Graphire2 (ETA), Graphire (ET), PenPartner (CT) and the Interactive Pen Displays Cintiq 18sx, 15x, PL-500 & PL-400. The driver supports both the Mac OS X and Classic environments. [1.9MB]
Jumsoft releases Keynote Themes 2.0
Jumsoft today released Keynote Themes 2.0, which includes 10 high-quality themes for Keynote. It includes new themes ("Black Table", "Grass" "Geography") and updated old themes ("Old Paper", "Photo Artist", "Network", "Wood", "Developer", "Valentine", "Simple") in both (1024x768 and 800x600) sizes. Majority of themes comes with custom bullets. Keynote Themes 2.0 package also includes "Public Speaking Workbook" PDF by Sam Walch and 12 high-quality Desktop Pictures. Keynote Themes 2.0 is designed for all business, scientific, educational and creative presentations. The downloadable version is $10, while the CD versin is $25.
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