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Forums roundup Apr 1
Topics on the MacNN Forums today include: A new thread in which members can share photos of their Power Mac setups.... Reports of AppleCare removing third party RAM from machines and claiming it is incompatible.... Members' Mac mini setup pictures.... People who have switched to the Mac platform, but decided to switch back to Windows.... Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger discussion, now that it has reportedly reached "gold master."
Apple has added a 17" 1.6GHz iMac G5 to its collection of refurbished items at the Apple Store. It features a Combo drive and 80GB hard disk and is available for $1100. Apple is also offering its 17-inch Studio Display for $600. The now-discontinued display features a 1280 x 1024 optimal resolution with an ADC display connector and two USB ports. Also available are more sub-$800 notebooks. The iBook G4 1.2GHz, available for $800, 12-inch display, a CD drive, and a 30GB drive. A slightly slower 1.GHz version with a combo drive is the same price ($800). Apple is also offering 1GHz version with a Combo Drive and AirPort Extreme for $850.
MaxProtect PB bag
MaxUpgrades has released the MaxProtect, an impact resistant carrying bag for PowerBooks (17 inch, 15 inch and 12 inch Models and iBooks (14 inch and 12 inch Models). It's made of Visco-Elastic Memory Foam, which is designed to resist impact and shock. The MaxProtect encloses the whole notebook, providing padded protection on all sides from external impact or shock during daily usage, It features high impact resistance polyurethane foam for shock absorption from all sides; thick foam padding throughout the entire surface of the notebook; a two-zipper, pull apart design; protected zipper closure (zippers don't come in contact with the laptop); and handles for portability.
FastMac cuts prices
FastMac has cut prices on all items for its 3-Day April Fools "No Fooling" Sale, including G4 processor upgrades for G3 and G4 PowerMacs and 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrives, both starting at $100. Prices have been slashed up to 40%. The "No Fooling" sale lasts from Friday April 1st to Sunday April 3rd. "We're excited to be the first to offer a G4 upgrade for under $100" said Michael Lowdermilk, Business Development Manager for FastMac Performance Upgrades. For $100, the FastMac ZIF processor upgrade replaces the original CPU in a Beige or Blue & White Power Mac G3 with a G4 CPU operating at up to 500 MHz. It also doubles the backside cache from 512k to 1 full MB, resulting in a 3 to 4 times boost in speed and performance. Optical drives start at $100 for a 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrive upgrade for Power Macs.
Sonnet reduces prices
Sonnet has reduced pricing by $20 to $50 on several G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards and PCI adapter cards for various PowerBook and Power Mac computers. Prices are now as low as $200 for the Encore/ST G4 1.0GHz, the first time a 1.0GHz upgrade has been in this price range.
Free loops for GarageBand
iCompositions has partnered with Bandmateloops to give away another package of free loops for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. The collection, available exclusively for registered users of iCompositions, consists of 121 loops and joins existing free packages available from iCompositions, bringing iCompositions members 417 free Apple Loops. The collection includes loops from instruments such as the Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Drums and Percussion, various Synths, and Electronic Drums from Bandmateloops' Apple Loops Collections. The Bandmates free loops package joins the recent AMG+iC package from loops producer AMG and one from Drums on Demand as the third batch of loops offered through iCompositions.
OpenOSX today unveiled its new "OpenOSX GrassPro" product and is offering its "OpenOSX Grass" application, included with its GrassPro product, as a free download. The "OpenOSX Grass" standalone application is based on the open-source "GRASS 6.0.0 GIS" software with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. The package also includes a host of ready-to-use GIS software and utilities, such as MapServer for publishing dynamic, navigable maps with layers over the Internet; Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), a collection of more than 60 tools for manipulation of geo-spatial data; a suite of BLM command-line utilities and more. It is available for $25 on CD-ROM and also includes documentation, tutorials, sample-data, limited installation and getting-started support.
Gmail 2GB storage
In brief: Added: For the month of April, customers who buy True Crime: Streets of LA will receive Space Colony, 007 Nightfire, Chamber of Secrets, or Jedi Outcast free using promotional code ASPYR6FFAPRL.... Apple CEO Steve Jobs remains atop Forbes' CEO approval rating list, with 94% this month, as voted by the online community.... Gmail is expanding its free email storage to 2GB per user, in celebration of its one-year anniversary today.... We've posted a review of Data Rescue from ProSoft, which is "much less expensive than professional recovery services and may well save your bacon."
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