News Archive for: 9/23/2004 Thursday's News
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Report on Mac Internet Explorer and JPEG Security Issue
" Hey Mike, Just came across this and imagine my surprise when I tried it in IE 5.2.3, and it crashed it.. Here's the link to the MS page
Sept. 2004 Security Update for JPEG Processing
Here is the test image:
It's only effect is to crash a vulnerable browser.
Interesting to note that the MS page does not mention IE for Mac...
Mikeal "

The test image doesn't crash Firefox or Safari (tested under 10.3.5) but I don't use IE anymore on the Mac (or the PC except for, so I don't know if this also affects older Mac IE versions for older OS's. Shortly after posting this a reader sent a note on testing in OS 9.x IE.

" I'm still running IE in OS 9.2.2. sometimes, and launching that peculiar test site results in an immediate (recoverable) crash into MacsBug. An error 2 is reported.
-Sebastian "

Probably affects all IE versions but I asked if he was using v5.1.7 (last update for OS 8-9).

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UT2004 Editor's Choice Edition bonus pack
As promised earlier this year when the UT2004 Editor's Choice Edition was announced, there's a free download of the bonus pack for previous owners of the game. It's now listed at 3dgamer's UT2004 downloads page. (Lots of mirrors there but most were busy when I checked; downloading the appx 84MB exe from the Australia mirror now.) It's a self-expanding .exe file, but Stuffit 7.x uncompressed it w/o renaming the file to .zip which someone else suggested. Here's a clip from the readme:

" This pack is our way of saying "Thanks" for purchasing UT2004. We hope you enjoy it. Be sure to read the updated manual located in the "\Manual" directory for information on the new vehicles.

You must be patched to at least version 3323 to use the bonus pack.

This bonus pack includes six new characters, three new vehicles (the Paladin, the Cicada, and the SPMA), and four unique new Onslaught maps."

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OS X Java 1.4.2 Update 2
Appears in SU today in 10.3.5 (didn't show in SU under 10.2.8). Here's the info from the Software Update panel:

" Java 1.4.2 Update 2 provides improved behavior for applets in Safari and increased stability for desktop Java applications. Java 1.4.2 Update 2 also includes all the improvements from Java 1.4.2 Update 1.

The system will be updated to Java 1.4.2 Update 2. If the system currently has Java 1.4.1, it will be removed. Any previous Java 1.4.2 installation will be completely replaced.
For more details on this update, please visit: "

A reader that was using the beta of this awhile back mentioned improved performance so I'm going to update the PB G4 as a test bed. If you see this update fix or break anything, let me know the details. Thanks.
The first reader report seems positive:

" Mike,
Tested every java webpage I frequent (about 20, two of which are encrypted), and it all works as before.
Only difference: Limewire is WAY faster. On a dual MDD G4, some operations that took 10 seconds now take 3 or 4. If you use limewire, get this update! I would have done benchmarks, but the results would be a mess given that it is a network-dependent app.
-Keith "

Several others sent mails tonight saying this update improved performance and/or fixed a problem they had with a java based site or service.

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Wooden iMac Case Conversion
" Dear XLR8yourMac,
Your site was key in the building of my iMac case mod project, and I wanted to show it off to you. Basically I took a rev.a 233mhz iMac that I got cheap and modded it into a little wooden box that locks shut.
Your site had the info I needed to use an ATX power supply for my project. (see Systems page, iMac section article on iMac to ATX/Powercenter case conversion) All finished I have it colo'd at a server farm, where it adds a touch of retro chic charm. It also glows blue when it is running. I maintain it as a pure server, it's completely headless. Just network ports and power are all it has. Thanks so much for your site. The info is priceless.

FYI - I've updated the earlier news item on Orinoco 802.11b PCMCIA cards in Airport slots to include a report on updating a silver card for 128bit WEP (using apple's previous airport card update, basically turning it into a 'gold' card.)

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Another G5 owner notes damaged PCI slot/Fried Hammerfall card
Another G5 owner replied to the post in yesterday's news on an RME Hammerfall DIGI9652 (rev 1.5/1.6) card going up in smoke saying that he also had his G5 PCI slot damaged from trying to use a DIGI9652 (rev 1.5/1.6) card in his G5. He said his PCI slot showed even more damage (from apparent short circuit/overcurrent) than the photo linked in yesterday's news. He said the card was repaired for free but not his G5. He asked I post a summary (not his exact email comments) of his experience as a warning to other G5 owners. (As I mentioned yesterday I added the info on this to the PCI card compat. section of our PowerMac G5 tech info/Compat. page with a bold/red heading on that item.)
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Graphic converter 5.2.3
MU lists Graphic converter 5.2.3, another update to the popular shareware app with a long list of changes. (Like vuescan, one of the most frequently updated apps I've seen.)
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Orinoco Gold 802.11b card in Airport card slot /Updating Silver cards for 128bit WEP
" Mike, With all the talk of this newly discovered Sony (PCWA-C130S, see last Friday's news page-Mike) card working in the place of an Apple Airport card, I thought I'd give an Orinoco Gold card a try in the same slot. With the door of my G4 open the PCMCIA card fits fine in the Airport slot. MacOS X recognizes it as an airport card and it joined my WLAN perfectly. I know this card had been used on laptops in the PC Card slot, but I hadn't heard any anyone trying it in the Airport slot of the PowerMac.

It has the black antenna on it so there's no way to close the door, but it does work!
James D. "

The previous posts on the Sony card had pictures of removing the card stub/antenna for connecting to the internal antenna cable. Like the sony card, the original apple airport cards were based on the wavelan/Orinoco (silver) card and in fact the original airport base has a standard Silver PCMCIA card inside. (The gold card supported 128bit WEP, where the silver card supported 64bit/40bit WEP. Later apple updates added 128Bit WEP support though.)
(Update) A reader replied to this post mentioning he used this trick to update his Silver cards for 128bit WEP:

" Hi Mike,
After read the "Orinoco Gold 802.11b card in Airport card slot " (above), I would like to let you or other readers know that I had used the AP card slot to upgrade 2 of my sliver Orinoco cards. Those Orinoco sliver cards only support 64bit WEP, and cannot talk to my office network which is using 128bit WEP. Few years ago, Apple released an AP update to upgrade their AP card from 64bits to 128bits. (mentioned above) So, I inserted the sliver cards to my powerbook and ran the upgrade. It upgraded the card's firmware to 128bits support without any problem!!
Since than, the cards work great on my 128bits WEP network. BTW, I am using them on Linux PC, Window and OS 9 driver has build in "runtime" firmware and card ID check. You cannot use the Orinoco dirver for 128bits without patching it.
Kin-kwok. "
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Radeon Card Firmware Updates/ATI Displays 4.4 reports page updated
I've added more reader reports to the page on ATI's Universal (retail) Radeon Firmware Update & ATI Displays 4.4 Updates. One of the previous reports was also updated to include examples of a stream of errors from the console log that I'm told will be fixed in a future update.
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Review of After Effects Pro 6.5
Erik of IT-Enquirer wrote he's posted a review of Adobe After Effects 6.5 Pro.
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More Feedback on AlchemyTV DVR Card v2.2 Software Update
I've updated the page of Reader Reports on the AlchemyTV/DVR PCI card with 3 more user reports on the v2.2 software update.
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Interview with head of Camino project
Ars has posted an interview with Camino lead developer Mike Pinkerton. In the interview he talks about the pace of development, his thoughts on Safari, and how Camino got its start in the first place.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 7 new reports added this morning. (Entries from Wednesday, 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 13,629 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)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE Teac DW-224E-B (didn't note speed rating) in iBook 2001 (OS X 10.3) (has native 10.3.5 burn support he said)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire Lacie d2 Double Layer used w/iMac (OS X 10.3)
    (report on problems due to firewire bridge in the case)
  • Firewire (cased) Liteon SOHW832S used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (didn't mention it but assuming he's using patchburn II)
  • Exp. Bay Toshiba SDR-6372 in (Pismo) Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X 10.3) (didn't note if using Patchburn II for Panther iApps burn support.
    Systems page, Powerbook section has articles from 2001 on expansion bay combo drive installs/swaps.)
  • IDE Liteon SOHW-1633S in (QS) G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn II for Panther iApps burn support.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-108 in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn II for Panther.
    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:
  • IDE Toshiba MK6026GAX 60GB in iBook 2001 (OS X 10.3)
    (see FAQ's iBook section for links to off-site upgrade guides)

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 (entries from Wednesday), entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,559. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Powerlogix G4/1.4GHz (7457) in G4 Cube (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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