News Archive for: Tuesday November 28th, 2006 (later posted items first)
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OS X Security Update 2006-007 for Tiger and Panther
Apple released a new security update today for OS X Panther and Tiger. It's available via software update or these download pages.

See the linked pages for details (OS X 10.3.9 version updates AirPort, ATS, CFNetwork, Finder, Installer, OpenSSL, PHP, PPP, Samba, Security Framework, VPN, WebKit, ftpd, gnuzip and perl. OS X 10.4.8 version updates all those plus Font Book and Font Importer.)

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Zalman VF-900 Cooler on Mac 6800 Ultra
"Having recently upgraded to an Nvida 6800 Ultra Mac Edition in my Powermac G5 and found it a bit noisy as well as heating up, I researched the matter and also found the Zalman a choice product well suited to the task. I was out for the VF700 Cu but however ended up with the VF900 Cu Led as that was all they had.
The result installation was a sucess and the method is identical to the VF700. I used as bottom bracket the small plastic retainer of the original fan and it just snapped in securing the four small screws.
Everything works including the Led on the fan which is rather neat looking. The package comes with a fan adapter which I did not use and find necessary. Overall I am very pleased with results having a drop of 10 degrees C from the previous as well as ultra quiet noise level. I would highly recommend the VF900 Cu Led to anyone who wants a cooler and quieter graphics card.

There's a previous page here with photos of the VF-900 on a Mac 7800 GT and an older page on Mac 6800's w/VF-700 - I added the above to that page as a FYI. (For other graphics card and coolers articles/guides, see the Video topics page.)

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MacBook Pro users on booting from SIIG FW800 and FW400 Express/34 cards
(Updated w/reader reply below - FW800 Expresscard is also bootable he said)

"I just received the SIIG Firewire 400 ExpressCard. The card works in Mac OS X and it is actually bootable. The website lists Mac compatibility, but not in the included documentation. Here's the link:

Here is the link for the Firewire 800 Card:
Later on I may try this one. If the FW400 card supports booting, It would make sense the FW800 supports it as well. When I wrote to SIIG they told me they didn't test bootability on the FW800 card. I didn't ask about the FW400 card.
(I asked why he bought a FW400 card since the MacBook Pro has a FW400 port. (I assume he had an earlier model w/o FW800 port))
I have the first version of the MacBook Pro. It only has one Firewire 400 port and I wanted more. I have a lot of firewire peripherals that I want plugged in at the same time. I was tired of swapping cables every time I wanted to use a device. It does not have a FW800 port built in.
-Chris "

A reader replied to this post saying he'd tested the FW800 card and it was bootable:

" Hi Mike, I tested a SIIG FW800 ExpressCard on my MacBook Pro 1.83GHz (April 2006) and it does boot off an external enclosure. Tried using a FW800 9pin-9pin to an Oxford 924DSB enclosure and a 'bilingual' FW800 9pin-6pin cable to an older TI-based FW400 enclosure. Both works!

The drives were formatted using the "GUID Partition Table" scheme and cloned from the internal drive using Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3. Regards, Eric "

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BootCamp Reports/Tips page updated
I've updated the page of BootCamp Info, Reports and Tips to include a reader's notes/links on slipstreaming for those with a Windows XP Upgrade CD. (Slipstreaming has also been used for creating install discs with updated drivers, making SP2 CDs, etc.)
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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added this morning. Current total - 15,944 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-111 in eMac (OS X 10.3.9)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. FAQ's iMac section has a PDF download of an eMac superdrive upgrade guide)
  • IDE Sony DRU-830A in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.8)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 250GB in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.7)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS, tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc.) for adding to the database. (*Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*.)

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Other News/Misc. Software Updates
(Note - OS X security articles below were posted before today's OS X Security Update 2006-007 was released)

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Recent Reviews and Articles:
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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