News Archive for: 10/13/2004 Wednesday's News
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Apple 4th Quarter Profits Report
Apple news page links to a press release on their 4th Qtr. Financial results.

" For its fiscal 2004 fourth quarter, Apple posted a net profit of $106 million, or $.26 per diluted share. These results compare to a profit of $44 million, or $.12 per share, a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was $2.35 billion, up 37% from a year ago. Gross margin was 27%, up from 26.6% last year. International sales accounted for 37% of revenue."
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Security Updates to MS Office X and Office 2001
In reply to an earlier news item today on Mac Office 2004 SP1 update, a reader sent a note there's also security updates to previous versions. Checking Microsoft Mac downloads page shows the two new updates for Mac Office X and Mac Office 2001:

" Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Security Update (10.1.6)
This update addresses several stability issues with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage, and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications for Office v. X.
Note All previous updates for Office v. X are included in the Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Security Update (10.1.6).
Applies to: Office v.X, Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X, and Entourage X.
Released: 10/12/2004 12:00:00 AM
For more information about this update, see Knowledge Base (KB) article KB 883952.

Microsoft Office 2001 for Mac Security Update (9.0.5)
This update addresses several security and stability issues with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Entourage for Office 2001.
Applies to: All editions of Office 2001, including service releases.
Released: 10/12/2004 12:00:00 AM.
For more information about this update, see Knowledge Base (KB) article KB 883953"

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G5 Dual 2.5GHz 6800 Ultra Performance Tests/Comparisons
Thanks to a reader with a new Dual 2.5GHz G5 w/6800 Ultra card, I've posted a page G5 Dual 2.5GHz 6800 Ultra Performance Tests including some comparisons to a Dual 2GHz G5 w/OEM 9800 Pro 128MB graphics card (not 9800XT) in Cinbench2003 (G5) and Quake3. He also includes some iTunes AAC and MP3 encoding test results as well as initial impressions/comments on using the file transfer utility that ships on new Macs and what may be a driver compatibility issue with Myst IV Revelation.
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Microsoft Mac Office 2004 Service Pack 1 and MSN Messenger version 4.0.1
(from a reader mail at 11:30PM last night)

" Mike, I ran the MS Office 2004 SP1 updater and it downloaded the ~22 MB update and installed without a hitch. Surprisingly, a restart wasn't needed. I did quit all of my Office programs during the download. Surely, the installer requires that, but I didn't let it tell me about it. (see the linked page below for install instructions which says to quit any programs you're running) So far, no hitches. Startup times for Entourage, Excel and Word are all quick. All my files and emails are behaving normally.
(he later wrote)
I didn't notice it before (the trash icon didn't update), but there are some items in the trash. At least one is "in use." So, a restart is required to empty the trash. Operation was normal otherwise, though. "

I checked MS's mac site and found the page for the Mac Office 2004 SP1 download. See the install instructions there. That page also notes for more information on the service pack, see Knowledge Base (KB) article KB 883951. (See the later news item above for security updates to Mac Office v.X and Office 2001.)

Although I do not use it personally, MS yesterday also released MSN Messenger version 4.0.1 for Mac.

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CHUD Tools 4.0 (non-beta) released
Joel sent word that CHUD Tools 4.0 (non-beta) is available now at Apple's developer FTP site. I've not checked the download/readme for changes yet. (Note to MDD DP owners - about dozen readers have sent word that NAP mode is still not an option anymore.)

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OmniWeb 5.1 beta 2
Don't use it personally but MU today lists OmniWeb 5.1 beta 2. See the release notes for changes.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 new reports added this morning. (Entries from Tuesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD+R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total 13,731 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE LG 4120B in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no native burn support so using patchburn 1.1 for 10.2.x.
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    Hard Drives:
  • SCSI Seagate ST446452W 44GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)

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). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (entry from Tuesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,582. Here's a summary of the reports added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Newer Tech G3/400 in 9600/200MP (rated 8)

    (For full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. - see the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated
The Rate Your Mac Games database update this morning included another review of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Total Reviews (all titles): 1182. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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