eMac Repair Extension Program, Core 2 Duo Mac mini World's Fastest Mac, $99 Full-screen Video Capture, and More
This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News
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News & Opinion
- Apple Announces eMac Repair Extension Program
- Fastest Mac on the Planet a Mutant mini?
- Mac mini's Brain Replaced with a Core 2 Duo
- Mac mini Hotrods from Rival Computer
- Apple's Growing Bite of the Market
- Advice to Students: Pack a Mac
- Apple Product 'Serial Number Analyzer'
- FastMac Internal Bluetooth Upgrade for Select Mac Systems
- Gateway Profile 6 Falters Against the iMac
- Parallels System for Macs Still Best
- Latest Articles from Mini Ture_MacJournal
- How To Use Multiple iPods with One Computer
- Printing in Classic Using a Mac OS X Inkjet Printer Driver
- $99 XLR8 ProView Full-screen USB Video Capture for the Mac
- SeriTek/2SE2-E PCI Express eSATA Adapter for Macintosh G5 Shipping
- Nyko Announces the FM Trans Kit for iPod nano
- iDictionary Puts a Dictionary and/or Thesaurus on Your iPod
- Case-Mate Announces Patriot Line of iPod Cases
- iWood Red iPod Case
News & Opinion
Apple has announced an eMac Repair Extension Program for Video and Power Issues
"The eMac Repair Extension Program for Video and Power Issues applies to eMac computers that exhibit a certain video or power-related issue as a result of a specific component failure. These computers were sold between approximately April 2004 and June 2005. If your eMac is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below and your computer's serial number is within the noted ranges, your computer may be eligible for repair, free of charge. If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) determines that your eMac computer is eligible as part of the program, the repair will be covered by Apple for up to three years from the original date of purchase even if your eMac is out of warranty. This is a worldwide Apple program.
"Affected systems will exhibit one of the following video- or power-related symptoms:
- Scrambled or distorted video
- No video
- No power
"Note: If your eMac is not experiencing any of these symptoms, you do not have to contact Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Provider.
"The program is available for certain eMac models that were sold between approximately April 2004 and June 2005 featuring 1 GHz and 1.25 GHz G4 processors.
"The affected eMac computers have serial numbers where the first 5 digits fall into the ranges noted below.
"Serial Number ranges:
- G8412xxxxxx - G8520xxxxxx
- YM412xxxxxx - YM520xxxxxx
- VM440xxxxxx - VM516xxxxxx
"All eMac computers have their serial numbers printed inside the disc drive door. You can see this number when you eject the optical drive tray; just press the Eject key on your keyboard.
"This program applies only to the systems noted in this FAQ. Other versions of the eMac line are not part of this program.
"An Apple technical support representative or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will need to physically examine your computer to determine if the component failure identified for the eMac Repair Extension Program affects your computer and, if so, arrange for the repair.
"To participate in the program, bring your eMac to the Mac Genius Bar at your local Apple Retail store or Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP), or call your local Apple contact center. The U.S. support number is 1-800-275-2273. If you are located outside the U.S., please see Apple's international contact list for your local Apple Technical Support phone number.
"If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) determines that your eMac computer is eligible as part of the program, the repair will be covered by Apple even if your eMac is out of warranty. Customers are responsible for transporting their computers to eligible AASPs or to the Mac Genius Bar at any local Apple Retail store.
"The program covers affected eMac computers for up to three years from the original date of purchase. Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed.
"Apple is aware that some customers may have paid for out of warranty repairs that qualify under this program. Apple or local AASPs will contact affected customers (where contact information is available) with details on the reimbursement process."
Cult of iPod's Leander Kahney and Pete Mortensen report:
"Man, Intel wasn't kidding about the strength and speed of its Core 2 Duo processor family.
"A Macinstein reader, Rico, tipped off the modding site to a Korean forum with benchmarks from putting a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Merom (remember, that's the low-power portable chip) into a Mac mini.
"The results are pretty staggering."
Macenstein's Helper Monkey
"Faithful Macenstein reader rico sent us a posting on the Taiwanese forum Oikos discussing the results of replacing an Intel Mac mini's standard Core Duo chip with a Core 2 Duo chip (the 2.16 GHz Merom T740). After a quick Babelfish 'Traditional Chinese-to-English' translation, we can see why he was so excited!
"While the Mini does not recognize that its brain has been replaced by a Core 2 Duo chip (it lists itself as simply having a 'genuine Intel CPU') the benchmarks certainly don't lie."
Apple's Mac mini isn't configured the way you like it? Rival Computer will sell you a customized Mac mini with up to 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB of drive space, a 7200 rpm hard drive, up to 2.16 GHz of Core Duo power, and more.
Configurations and options available:
- 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo
- 1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo
- 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo
- 60 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
- 80 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
- 100 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
- 120 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
- 100 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
- 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2x256)
- 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
- 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2x1 GB)
- Slot Loading Combo Drive
- Slot Loading SuperDrive
- Logitech Cordless Desktop
- Apple USB Keyboard and Mighty Mouse
- Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
- Acer 15" LCD Monitor (Black)
- Acer 17" LCD Monitor (Black)
- Acer 19" LCD Monitor (Black)
- Acer 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor (Silver)
- Apple Cinema Display (20" flat panel)
- Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
Additional Operating System
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Parallels Desktop with Windows XP Home Edition
- Parallels Desktop with Windows XP Professional
- Link: Rival Computer, Mac mini
BusinessWeek's Arik Hesseldahl reports:
"Windows PC users cite plenty of reasons for not wanting to own a Mac. One of the biggest has historically been the inability to run Windows applications - many of them needed for business - on an Apple computer. But that and other reasons are becoming less valid, and evidence is mounting that a potentially tectonic shift in Apple's place in the PC market could be coming in the next few years.
"In case you hadn't heard, Apple's Macs can now run Microsoft's Windows. Also, by the end of the year - with luck, by the end of the summer - all Macs will be built with microprocessors from Intel. That, combined with the runaway success of the iPod music player, augurs a considerably brighter picture for Mac sales and worldwide market share starting about 2008.
"LOTS MORE INTEREST? Charles Wolf of Needham and Co. says Apple could end up with a global PC market share north of 5% by 2011, compared with a 1.9% sliver in 2005. How does he reach that conclusion? He asked Windows users. Wolf had Harris Interactive poll about 2,400 people on their intentions to buy a Mac. About 300 didn't own a computer and another 100 or so already owned a Mac, leaving 2,092 people who use Windows on home computers."
BusinessWeek's Stephen H. Wildstrom says:
"In a few months, nearly 3 million freshmen will head off to college. Included in the gear most of them lug along will be a computer, often brand new. This year I have some advice for the college-bound: Unless you have a compelling reason not to go with a Mac, an Apple laptop or desktop offers the best combination of features, ease of use, and value.
"While I have been a Mac fan for years, I have never felt strongly enough to make the Mac a default recommendation. But things have changed. Mac software, both the OS X operating system and the applications such as iPhoto and GarageBand bundled with it, have gotten steadily better, while Windows seems stuck in a rut.
"Meanwhile, new Mac hardware based on Intel processors has erased the performance gap between Macs and products from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and others in the Windows camp. The move to Intel also lets Macs run most Windows programs, either by rebooting using Apple's Boot Camp software, or right on the Mac desktop using Parallels Workstation...."
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PR: FastMac has announced the availability of a 100% compatible plug and play internal Bluetooth upgrade for select Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, and iMac G4 systems. The upgrade adds Bluetooth wireless connectivity between the customer's desktop computer and the growing array of Bluetooth-enabled personal digital assistants, mobile phones, cameras, printers, headsets, keyboards and computer mice.
The Bluetooth module fits directly into the system's main logic board, attaching to the built-in Apple antenna. No drivers or software are required. This upgrade is available now for an introductory price of $25.95. It comes with a 1-year warranty and 30-day money back guaranty.
Unlike other upgrades that attach externally, cost more and tie up USB ports, this upgrade connects directly into the systems main logic board freeing port space while adding functionality. The upgrade has an effective range up to 32 feet (10 meters) and can transfer data at up to 721 kbps. It is fully compatible with all versions of Mac OS X including 10.4 (Tiger). Video install and PDF instructions are also provided.
- PowerMac G4 (FW 800)
- PowerMac G5
- PowerMac G5 (June 2004)
- PowerMac G5 (Late 2004)
- iMac G4 (17-inch Flat Panel, 1 GHz)
- iMac G4 (USB 2.0)
- Link: FastMac
CMP Media's Fredric Paul reports:
"Can it really be so hard to make a great all-in-one computer? Apple keeps doing it over and over again with its iMac series - and not just because of the Macintosh operating system. But PC makers seem to have a much harder time.
"Take Gateway's new Profile 6. On paper, it looks like the perfect iMac killer for PC users: everything you need in one sleek black case. But when you actually put it on your desk, it comes off as more clunky than cool."
The Washington Times' Mark Kellner says:
"About two months ago, I saluted what is now Parallels Desktop for Mac as a stunning achievement of 'virtualization,' the ability to create a 'virtual [computing] machine,' or 'VM,' inside another computer. The idea is to be able to run another operating system alongside your computer's main one.
"Herndon-based Parallels has released the final version of the Mac virtualization software, and if you have an Intel-based Mac, and a need to run just about any version of Microsoft Windows, your choice is clear: Either pay $49.95 now for the program, or pay $79.95 after July 15.
"There's just no better way - so far - to run Windows (or Linux) on one of the newest Macs."
PR: One more panel yet to come in the modular network of my connected living space perhaps another iMac this time with front Row?
- Mac mini (Intel), and A reason to Switch - Mac to All Mac:
- Mac mini (Intel), a gear upwards in digital Media Mac'Sphere
- Reasons to use the old and the New
- Connectivity the Good, the Bad and the Inconvenient
- 2X Mac mini's with Dual Connective Duties + Video's
An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:
"Do you want to use more than one iPod with the same computer? You can! In fact there are a couple of different ways you can do it.
"If you share your computer with other people, the simplest way is to maintain separate user accounts on the computer for each person and his or her iPod. This is useful if everyone has different musical tastes; each person gets to maintain his or her own personalized iTunes music library, and can customize the iPod with his or her music.
"If one person wants to use multiple iPods on a computer, or you don't want to create multiple user accounts to support multiple iPods, you can set iTunes to update each iPod with only certain playlists. This way, you can put all your music on, say, your iPod photo and keep just your workout music on your iPod mini."
An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:
"If you're using a Classic application, you can print from it using a Mac OS X printer driver. This applies only to inkjet (raster) printers that use a single driver to print from either Mac OS X or Classic applications. Here's how to do this in Mac OS X 10.3 or later."
"Short of buying yourself a Power Mac G5, the Mac mini has been the cheapest way to get a Mac without a built-in display. In fact, it is the most affordable Mac in Apple's lineup.
"Unfortunately, its performance never exceeded its budget price tag. The Mac mini has always been endowed with the slowest processors (a 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 in its previous iteration), which was still okay for 90% of your daily needs but not quite enough for more demanding users.
"Which brings us to the new Mac mini, now powered by either a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo or a faster 1.66 GHz Core Duo processor....
"Whether you're using a notebook PC or one of the new Intel Macs, the Core Duo processors have garnered quite a good reputation - they're really fast."
- Link: The mini Crosses Over
PR: Daystar Technology, is following its award-winning (product of the year) InterView 3.0 (USB 1.1) video capture with a new USB 2.0 product. This new product delivers full-screen, no-compromise video on the Mac via USB 2.0.
The new XLR8 ProView USB delivers full 29.97 FPS (frames per second) video, via QuickTime. Unlike expensive competitive devices, ProView USB fully supports QuickTime and accepts audio/video from any standard device via S-video or standard RCA connectors. Easy for home users and professionals alike.
No Limits with ProView USB.
ProView USB can capture in raw video format, or via any- QuickTime compressed format. Users just connect, then hit "Play" on the video device, then hit "Record" on the bundled OS X capture utility. Once captured (digitized), users can drag and drop directly into iMovie, and begin editing in full DV format. ProView USB supports full 640 x 480 capture in a full 29.97 FPS, with NO dropped frames.
Capture, Archive and Create from Anywhere
Since ProView USB digitizes video from any standard analog device, users can capture video from their VHS, Betamax, DVDs, CD . . . directly into their Mac. Then use iMovie or iDVD to create their own custom DVDs for family and friends.
XLR8 ProView USB Pricing
ProView USB contains everything that the user needs to be up an running immediately. The package includes the USB 2.0 to S-video/Composite device, and the RCA Stereo to Mini-jack for audio. QuickTime handles the audio/video just like any DV capture.
XLR8 ProView USB, $99 (for USB 2.0, OS X 10.3.5 up)
- Link: XLR8 ProView USB
PR: New FirmTek solution equips the latest PCI Express based Macintosh G5 towers with state-of-the-art storage performance and flexibility
FirmTek, LLC, a pioneer and leader in Serial ATA (SATA) storage solutions for Macintosh and PC platforms, is now shipping their anticipated SeriTek/2SE2-E PCI Express adapter with two external eSATA ports. Announced at NAB, this breakthrough solution provides a high-performance SATA adapter that delivers the benefits of a modern bus architecture with "SATA II" transfer rates as high as 3 gigabytes per second for two external drives. This is the first two-port solution to arrive for the advanced technology in the Dual-Core and Quad-Core G5s that provides plug-and-play functionality which works without having to install separate drivers. In addition, FirmTek's established hot-swap capability makes it easy for users to move entire drives and arrays between any FirmTek-equipped desktop system, or into secure storage, in seconds.
Support for the Bus Standard of the Future
Apple's use of PCI Express in the new G5 has opened a new era of performance for peripheral devices and expansion cards. Unlike previous standards, PCI Express (also known as PCIe) gives each device dedicated bandwidth and access to the system controller. Under this design standard, slots are defined by the number of data lanes included; usually one, four, eight or sixteen, each supporting up to 250 Mbps. The new G5s include a 16-lane slot intended for a graphics, as well as two slots with four lanes and one slot with eight. Cards must be specially designed to work with this new standard. "We are pleased to deliver a PCI Express card supporting Serial ATA for these G5s," said Chi Kim Stanford, Vice President of Business Development for FirmTek. "We're very happy to announce its delivery ahead of schedule."
Security and Flexibility
FirmTek has pioneered products supporting ATA standards on the Macintosh for many years, and offers a variety of enclosures and interface solutions for demanding users. Since the introduction of Serial ATA, the ability to hot-swap drives between enclosures has been a key feature across FirmTek's products. All FirmTek enclosures are designed to allow quick and easy removal and installation of drives, usually in about a minute, without shutting down or restarting the computer. This flexibility allows users to share important data quickly, transfer or duplicate files at the speed of SATA (instead of over sluggish networks, slow USB/FireWire, or Internet connections), and to keep more sensitive files locked up and secure with minimal effort.
Hot-swappable external enclosures also provide effectively unlimited storage capacity, as users are not limited to the two internal drive bays provided with the basic G5 system. As volumes are filled to capacity, they are easily removed and replaced with new drives, and ready to accept additional content. Enclosures are currently available in 2-drive or 4-drive configurations to meet the budgets and needs of most professionals.
To assist customers in maximizing their productivity and obtaining maximum benefit from their FirmTek solutions, FirmTek offers additional drive trays for $22.99 each, without any additional purchases required. This enables customers to keep an unlimited number of drives on hand and ready for action.
Designed to work with the Latest G5
As a PCI Express card, the SeriTek/2SE2-E is solely intended for use with the new Dual and Quad-Core G5 systems and PCs that utilize the PCI Express bus. This new card design is not compatible with older PCI-X or PCI slots. FirmTek offers a variety of outstanding solutions for other Macintosh and PC platforms, more can be learned about these products online.
FirmTek's SeriTek/2SE2-E adapter for the latest G5 and PCs running Windows and Linux is available now from FirmTek's network of resellers and from the FirmTek website, with estimated retail pricing of $99.95. For more information or to order, please visit FirmTek's website.
- Link: FirmTek SeriTek/2SE2-E
PR: Nyko Technologies introduces the FM Trans Kit for the Apple iPod nano. Nyko's latest iPod offering is perfect for music fans who groove to their favorite tunes in the car and are looking for a complete package to compliment their iPod nano.
The versatile FM Trans Kit combines a high powered, four frequency, FM transmitter, a car charger and three different mounting options. The high-quality FM transmitter broadcasts music through the car stereo; tuning is simple with the productâ's one-touch operation making it safe to operate while driving. Matching the look and feel of the Nano['s design, the kit is powered by the iPod Nanos battery or the included car charger. Users also have the ability to simultaneously recharge the iPod and listen to music. The charger conveniently plugs into any car power outlet or lighter. The FM Trans Kit's adhesive backed clip, horizontal/vertical air vent clip and sun visor clip all offer different mounting solutions that will work with any vehicle's interior.
"Nyko is committed to bringing high-quality accessories to the iPod market," said Susan Corben Cox, vice president of marketing, Nyko Technologies. "The FM Trans Kit is a compact, easy to use, and flexible solution for motorists who want their iPod nano's music collection along for the ride."
The FM Trans Kit features:
- Four frequency FM transmitter
- Car charger that plugs into any vehicle's power outlet or lighter adaptor
- Three different mounting brackets for convenience
- One-touch operation tuning promotes safe operation while driving
- Powered by the Nano battery
- Slick design - FM transmitter matches the look and feel of the iPod nano
- Apple licensed "Made for iPod" product
Nyko's FM Trans Kit ($39.99) will be available nationwide this summer.
PR: iDictionary is a Mac OS X application that allows you to create a custom dictionary and/or thesaurus for your iPod, and easily put it on your 3rd generation or better iPod. iDictionary leverages the built in dictionary available with OS X 10.4 along with some very smart filtering and optimization techniques to create a dictionary or thesaurus that will fit on an iPod. The dictionary or thesaurus is displayed on your iPod using the iPod's built in "Notes" feature. The "Notes" feature, which is needed to view a dictionary or thesaurus on your iPod, is available on 3rd generation or newer iPods (sold since April, 2003.).
Hard work has went into optimizing the dictionary creation process to use the least amount of space possible since the "Notes" feature of the iPod can only hold 1000 note files, holding a maximum of 4 MB of data. iDictionary has an array of options available that allows you to customize your dictionary to exclude words that match certain criteria to save space, since the iPod can only hold a finite amount of data.
If you have installed iPodLinux on your iPod you can view both a dictionary and thesaurus on your iPod without limitation since iPodLinux does not have a 1000 file viewing limit. If you are interested in installing iPodLinux on your iPod I recommend the iPodLinux Installer for Mac OS X.
- Put a dictionary and thesaurus on your iPod
- Customize your dictionary and thesaurus to limit the number of files the resulting dictionary will have
- Manage your created dictionaries or thesauruses
New in version 1.1:
- iDictionary Lite has been merged into iDictionary, this means that if you don't own a license you can still use iDictionary; but, your dictionaries will be restricted to letters a-z.
- Added "Created Dictionaries" window. You can now view and select all previously created dictionaries to easily copy them to your iPod. The "Created Dictionaries" window also features a "Reveal in Finder" function which allows you to see where the selected dictionary is located on your computer.
- User interface improvements to the dictionary & iPod selection tables
- "Under-the-hood" improvements to the iDictionary code base.
- Mac OS X 10.4 or later
- 3rd generation iPod or newer.
System Support: PPC
- Link: iDictionary
Case-mate, makers of premium form-fit leather cases for the Apple iPod and nano, introduces the Patriot Line.
Select traditional stars and stripes or the brilliant disguise of camouflage to outfit your 5th generation Ipod Video (30 GB and 60 GB) or nano. No matter which style you choose, you'll be supporting our troops while protecting your music.
The Patriot Line from Case-mate offers stars and stripes or the brilliant disguise of camouflage. No matter which style you choose, you'll be supporting our troops while protecting your music.
Whether it's an iPod video or a nano case you take home, a portion of the proceeds from the Patriot Line goes directly to the United Service Organizations (USO) of Georgia, which serves military personnel serving around the world. Since before World War II, the USO has been helping Americans support its troops.
Purchase a premium form-fit leather case and watch the Ol' Glory and combat camouflage come to life in your hands. Made of genuine Napa leather, each case is also outfitted with an injection molded plastic shell providing the ultimate protection for your music. Patriot cases have sharp and precise cutouts with complete access to all functions of the iPod and nano. Each case comes with a:
- Fully removable belt clip
- Full face screen protector
- Scroll wheel protector
- Applicator card
- Micro fiber cleaning cloth
Whether it's an iPod or nano case you take home, a portion of the proceeds from the Patriot Line goes directly to the United Service Organizations (USO) which serves military personnel serving around the world.
- Link: Case-mate
PR: iWood iPod cases carved out of blocks of solid wood by Netherlands-based Miniot.com.
There are iWood models for both the iPod nano and the 5g full-size iPod
Miniot.com has released a special red version of its iWood iPod case available for €75 until June 30, 2006.
Made from red padouk, the iWood Red fits both U2 and "regular" fifth-generation iPods.
The iWood red also allows you to sync your iPod while leaving it in the case.
Each iWood comes in a black gift case.
A monogram of your choice is engraved on top, and a personalized two-line message inside.
- Link: iWood Red iPod Case
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