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Firmtek's new SATA 6G ExpressCard:
Was out all day yesterday (still trying to get my 09 Mac Pro back...) so late posting this email from firmtek:

"(Mike, FirmTek just released the new 6G ExpressCard for the 2011 MacBook Pro. Some of your readers may be interested.)

380MB/s Read Performance Recorded with the SeriTek/6G 2-Port, eSATA, 6G, ExpressCard/34 Adapter
FirmTek announced their new bootable, 2-port, SeriTek/6G eSATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 adapter. Available now, the SeriTek/6G provides a new level of performance... With a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G Solid State Drive (capable of over 500MB/sec rates), the FirmTek SeriTek/6G can provide over 340MB/s average read performance, or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to ten hard disks using SeriTek/5PM enclosures" said Chi Kim Stanford Vice President of Business Development. Perfect for use with external storage enclosures, the SeriTek/6G supports advanced features like Mac OS X boot capability, port multiplication with SMART diagnostics support, and Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard compatibility.
FirmTek SeriTek/6G Key Features and Benefits:

  • Provides Mac OS Boot Support with Apple 2011 MacBook Pro 17" (8,3)
  • Two-port eSATA 6G ExpressCard/34 adapter with 64-bit and 32-bit "Snow Leopard" compatibility
  • Compatible w/OS X 10.6.6 and later, Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Reduced compatibility with Apple 2010/2009 MacBook Pro 17" (6,1 & 5,2) models
  • Onboard SATA 6Gb/s PCI-Express to Serial ATA controller chip
  • Supports Disk Utility RAID 0, 1 and JBOD configurations
  • S.M.A.R.T application support for third party Macintosh utilities
  • SATA 6Gb/s compliant, backward compatible with SATA 3.0 and SATA 1.5 Gb/s
  • Provides external PM support for MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Complete CRC error checking, for all bits transmitted, offers enhanced data protection
  • Bus Mastering off-loads data I/O handling from CPU
  • User-upgradeable firmware
  • Utilizes standard eSATA connectors
  • First and only 6G ExpressCard/34 with SMART application and Mac Port Multiplier support

Pricing and Availability:
The FirmTek SeriTek/6G 2-port eSATA ExpressCard for 2011 Apple 17" MacBook Pro and PC notebooks is available now with an estimated retail price of $119.95 USD. The SeriTek/6G (SATA-6G) can be purchased from FirmTek distributors, resellers, or directly from FirmTek. The SeriTek/6G is also available bundled with the SeriTek/5PM (SATA-5PM-6G).
Read more about the SeriTek/6G here:"

(2006-2008) Mac Mini CPU Upgrade Reports page updated
Added another reader report on a Core2Duo upgrade to the page of Mac Mini Core 2 Duo CPU Upgrades (Chip Swaps).

(Freeware VM) VirtualBox 4.0.6 Update
Another update to freeware VirtualBox released yesterday. See the Change Log for a long list fixes in v4.0.6.
I welcome reader feedback on Virtualbox, including from those that had problems with previous versions and users of commercial products like Parallels or Fusion. (Reports will be added to the previous page here on VBox.)
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Previous 3 Days News Summaries:

Wednesday April 20, 2011

Tuesday April 19, 2011
Monday April 18, 2011
Thursday April 14, 2011

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