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  1. Firas

    Updated version of Boot Camp 1.2

    I just started downloading it now myself, so if anybody tries it, please post any significant changes, improvements, and/or problems you have with this latest update.
  2. I'm not sure if I missed this on any of the Mac RSS feeds that I usually read, but it seems that there's been a silent update of Boot Camp 1.2 released just recently. Following is from the Apple Boot Camp page: Changes in Boot Camp 1.2 beta Boot Camp 1.2 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users. Boot Camp 1.2 beta includes: Support for Windows Vista (32-bit) Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player) A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian Improved Windows driver installation experience Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista)
  3. While listening to the Gaming on Macs episode of the MacCast Loop podcast, one of your listeners mentioned TransGaming's Cider technology but that they'd not heard of any games released that use that technology yet. Well I came across this article on MacWorld which mentioned a few such games that have already been released (Heroes of Might & Magic V, Myst Online: Uru Live) and some more pending releases (EVE Online). So I thought that some Mac gamers might be interested in reading it: http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/03/09/eve/index.php
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    How to return to Mac OS X

    You can download it directly from their site: http://www.knoppix.org/ Lots of other Linux distros also offer a Live CD version (such as Ubuntu or Kubuntu an old favorite of mine) in addition to their regular installable version. Knoppix however only comes in a Live CD version. I've never tried any of these on my Intel Macs since I'm quite happy with Mac OS X though
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    Extended Monitor Window & Icon Management

    I feel your pain Terry I use my MBP standalone at work, but at home I hook it up to my 20" Acer Widescreen LCD, and the constant rearranging & maximizing is starting to drive me crazy. I've been watching this thread in hope of finding a solution to this problem, but unfortunately I haven't found anything yet.
  6. I'm not sure if you've tried this yet. In iTunes, go to Preferences > Podcasts > Keep and select "All unplayed episodes". It would be nice to find a plugin or script that would delete the removed podcasts from the HD.
  7. Firas

    How to return to Mac OS X

    If you did not install from the CD but only used the Boot CD to run Knoppix, all you have to do is restart the machine and take out the CD. You will have to restart the machine before you can take out the CD though. To eject the CD after restarting hold down the left mouse button, or the trackpad button if it's a notebook. If you can't find the restart option anywhere in the menu, open a Terminal and type "reboot" without the quotation marks.
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    Superduper users help

    That's true, but partitioning it makes better use of the space on the external hard drive, especially if the machine's internal HD is smaller than the external drive. For eg. my MBP has a 120 GB internal drive, the external drive I use to backup to is 500 GB. If I only had one partition on that external drive, that partition would only be used by SuperDuper! to create my backup. However, since I've partitioned it into two volumes, one 120 GB named Backup, and the rest of the drive as general storage space for other uses, I can now use the rest of the drive for whatever I want. Just to further clarify for neil_jo, you need to create these partitions or volumes yourself using Disk Utility: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?pa...en/duh1012.html However make sure you don't have anything on the external drive that you need, because everything will be removed when you partition it. Make sure to select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the Format for your backup volume (partition), and that volume also needs to be set as "GUID Partition Table" under Disk Utility > Partition > Options if you have an Intel Mac or "Apple Partition Map" if you have a PPC Mac so that you can boot from it.
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    10.4.9 update and parallels problem

    There's an updated version of Main Menu v1.7.1 for 10.4.9 : http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17111
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    good newsgroup program not rss

    I found a few but the one I used was ThunderBird. Here are some lists of other apps: http://www.pure-mac.com/usenet.html http://www.newsreaders.com/mac/clients.html
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    What kind of iPod do you have?

    I initially bought a 5.5G 30 GB Black iPod, but since all I really needed it for was to listen to podcasts in the car (and while waiting for appointments), I sold it and bought myself a 2nd Gen. Black 8 GB Nano which I love due it's size.
  12. I used to have stability and performance issues with Firefox when I first switched to a Mac. However, I found the following Intel optimized builds of Firefox which work much better than the official ones: http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2006/10/26/firefox-20 (this is the one I use) http://www.furbism.com/firefoxmac/ I do admire the more Mac look of Camino, it's fast rendering, and the lower resource consumption, but I just can't seem to live without all of my Firefox extensions for too long There is a great site for Camino plugins: http://pimpmycamino.com/ But unfortunately, they pale in comparison to the one's available for Firefox.
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    10.4.9 update and parallels problem

    By default Parallels stores the VMs under ~/Library/Parallels (which is under your home folder) in a folder named after the VM that you created. I'm running Parallels 3188 with a VM installed in Boot Camp and I haven't had any problems so far after the 10.4.9 update.
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    New OS X 10.4.9 Update!!

    Updated yesterday, no problems on either my Mac Mini or MBP so far. I don't use iChat so I can't help there, sorry.
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    New Mac

    As far as I know, Apple don't have any such major plans. I personally haven't heard or read anything regarding this on any of the popular Mac blogs, magazines, podcasts or even rumor sites. The only thing that's due out around that time (from now to June or so) is the new version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.