News Archive for: Thursday, September 21st, 2006
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Apple Security Update 2006-005 for OS X 10.3.9, 10.4.7
Apple released another security update for OS X 10.4.7 and 10.3.9 today. (Thanks to Matthew for the heads-up).

" Security Update 2006-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of AirPort. "

You should see these in Software Update but here's the download pages also:

FYI - the page on the "Universal" Security update has a note:

" Note: Customers with Intel systems running 10.4.7 Build 8J2135 or 8J2135a should download AirPort Update 2006-001 to receive these security fixes. "

These have now been added to Apple's Security Updates page which links them to a page with more specifics About the security content of AirPort Update 2006-001 and Security Update 2006-005. Near the bottom of that page is a listing that includes affected versions of OS X Server also:

.... Security Update 2006-005 will install on the following systems:
  • Mac OS X v10.3.9
  • Mac OS X Server v10.3.9
  • Mac OS X v10.4.7 Builds 8J135, 8K1079, 8K1106, 8K1123, or 8K1124
  • Mac OS X Server v10.4.7 Builds 8J135 or 8K1079

    For Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X Server 10.3.9 systems, if Software Update does not display Security Update 2006-005, the following updates need to be installed:

  • AirPort 4.2
  • AirPort Extreme Driver Update 2005-001

  • BTW: Every time there's an Airport related update, users of 3rd party Wireless cards (especially natively supported ones) wonder if it will affect compatibility. If you're using a non-Apple Wireless card/adapter let me know if this update caused any problems or not.
    (If this is only updating Apple's Airport drivers, then it shouldn't affect adapters that require non-apple wireless drivers, but regardless if you see any problems let me know the details.) Thanks!

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    G5 Tower Disassembly/Dust Cleaning (to lower temperatures)
    (NOTE: as of 2008 pages below were no longer at those URLS, so links removed)
    "Hi Mike, I got sick of seeing Hardware Monitor displaying my G5's "Memory Controller Heatsink" at 181°F (72°C). Seeing that this G5 has been under my desk near Japanese tatami mats (very dusty) and fairly close to our oily kitchen for nearly 2 years it had collected a lot of dust that I couldn't get at eg: under the CPUs and heaps in the PSU bay.
    I decided to strip it down as far as allowing the PSU to be removed and cleaned.
    It wasn't nearly as terrifying as I had imagined it to be, only one special tool was required and even that will be fairly easy to buy or even modify an existing tool.

    Since removing mountains of dust clumps (especially from the PSU fans), all of HardWare Monitor's temperature outputs are dramatically lower, a reduction of 14°C for the Memory Controller Heatsink" which now sits at 58°C at rest and a high of 62~64°C under load. Similarly reduced readings for all other important areas within the case.

    Anyone who has poked around computer cases, installed a new DVD drive etc. can - with reasonable care and attention to detail - perform this operation within 2 hours. I finished and rebooted the G5 90 minutes after starting.

    I made a "How to Partially Disassemble a (non-liquid cooled) Late'04 DP 2Ghz G5 Safely" page. Here it is
    www.hatsuon.net/macstuff/G5_TAKE_APART/Disassemble_G5_DP_2Ghz.html
    -Michael, JAPAN."

    Michael later wrote the post here resulted in enough traffic to risk exceeding his monthy bandwidth limits - he later wrote he's also mirrored it at http://www.sharpeningbeneath.com/g5guide/.
    While on the subject, Friday's news has More on Internal Dust Cleaning Lowering Temperatures/Fan Speeds (Xserve G5).

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    Price cuts on Mercury Elite Pro FW800/400+USB2 Drives
    (from site sponsor OWC)

    " The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800/400+USB Solutions provide the performance and reliability needed for demanding data, backup, audio/video, music needs and more. Flexibility to interface with whichever FireWire 800/400 or USB2 interface is available as needed for transparent access to drive data. Like all the Elite-AL models, it can stand vertically or be placed horizontally and has dimensions of only 9.0 x 2.1 x 5.8 Inches! High Performance, High Reliability - in an amazingly small physical space.
    80GB, now with 8MB Data Buffer, was $149.99, now $139.99
    160GB w/ 8MB Data Buffer was $159.99, now $157.99
    250GB w/16MB Data Buffer was $189.99, now $179.99
    320GB w/16MB Data Buffer was $219.99, now $209.99
    400GB w/16MB Data Buffer was $309.99, now $279.99
    500GB w/16MB Data Buffer remains $319.99
    750GB w/16MB Data Buffer was $569.99, now $519.99
    UPS Ground is $2.95 for any of the above solutions. 2nd Day Air is also available within the USA for $7.95 or less.
    OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FireWire 800/400+USB2 models utilize the Oxford 912 Chipset and the best hard disk mechanisms to provide reliable, high performance storage. Elite-AL models are EMC/Dantz Backup Certified, Supported for High Demand Audio-Video, and include FireWire 800 Cable, FireWire 400 Cable, USB 2.0 Cable, Dantz/EMC Retrospect Backup, Intech HD Speedtools, a 2yr Solution Warranty + up to 3 additional years HD Mech Warranty, and more."
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    Mac X1900 XT Quiet Cooler for under $25
    John sent a note and photo of how he quieted his Mac Pro's ATI X1900 XT card with an under $25 Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) cooler. (Page updated again with another Mac Pro X1900/X2 cooler user's comments.) The X2 cooler doesn't exhaust air outside the case like the stock setup which concerned one reader with a Mac Pro (after reading some PC user's comments on that) so I asked the Mac Pro/X2 users if they had seen any rise in temperatures, increased system fan speeds, etc. - the page was updated to include replies on that with Temperature Monitor readings.
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    Price cuts on Mercury Portable Firewire800+USB 2.0 Hard Drives
    (from site sponsor OWC)

    " New On-The-Go FW800/400+USB2 pricing. Solutions weigh under 12 ounces, fits in the palm of your hand, and includues: All FireWire 800 Cable, FireWire 800 to FW400 Cable (for connecting to systems equipped with FW400, USB Cable, EMC/Dantz Retrospect, Intech HD Speedtools utility suite, Carrying Case, and a 1 Year OWC Warranty. This solution will bus power via FireWire 400, FireWire 800, or USB2 Port + an AC Adapter is also included where bus power is not preferred or available.
    When you need convenient, portable storage that is fast + plugs and plays via the interface of your choice without external power adapters to muss with, the OWC On-The-Go series brings it to you and has been recognized with top review ratings, editor's choice, and gear-of-the-year recognitions too.
    New OWC Mercury 2.5" FireWire 800+USB2.0 Portable Solution pricing is as follows:
    40GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $139.99, now $137.99
    60GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $149.99, now $145.99
    60GB 7200RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $199.99, now $179.99
    80GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $169.99, now $159.99
    80GB 7200RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $239.99, now $207.99
    100GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $209.99, now $197.99
    100GB 7200RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $249.99, now $239.99
    120GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $219.99, now $199.99
    160GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $299.99, now $279.99
    UPS Ground Delivery from only $2.95; 2nd Day Air within the US $7.95 or less."
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