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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac Press Rel
As many of you may recall, Steve Jobs specifically called out the 30th anniversary of Apple during the Macworld Expo keynote back in January. Since then, the rumor sites have been silent on what might be in the works. Today, which is Apple's actual 30th anniversary, they let the cat out of the bag -- a new "extended" Mac mini form factor, featuring some amazingly cool technology. Though I don't normally do this, I've chosen to run their PR blurb in its entirety, given the significance of the machine (has anyone else ever shipped a box with both Intel and PowerPC chips inside?).

Anyway, without further ado, here's what Apple had to say this morning...

CUPERTINO, California--April 1, 2006—Apple® today unveiled the new Mac® miniTower with two Intel Core Duo processors and one Motorola Dual-core PowerPC G5 processor inside the box. "This is our new 30th Anniversary Macintosh," explained Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "By offering the Intel Core Duo and the Dual-core G5 in one machine, we've created the ideal Intel transition machine. Our new Dispatch® chipset automatically routes PowerPC code to the G5, letting these older programs run at full speed until Universal versions are available." Starting at just $1,699, the Mac miniTower is a powerhouse at an affordable price.

Just like the new Intel-based mini, the miniTower includes the next generation of Apple's breakthrough Front Row media experience, giving customers a simple way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content, including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With the latest version of Front Row, customers can now effortlessly access shared iTunes® playlists, iPhoto® libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour™, Apple's zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS® X.

The new miniTower includes a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, expandable to 4GB. Every Mac miniTower includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort® Extreme 802.11g WiFi for fast 54 Mbps wireless networking*, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), and a total of four USB 2.0 ports. There are also separate FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports, and the miniTower includes a DVI interface and a VGA-out adapter to easily connect to a variety of displays, including many of today's most popular flat panel televisions.

The miniTower also takes advantage of the extra space afforded by its larger chassis, and includes a 16-lane PCI Express slot for a super-fast video card. Options include the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 and GeForce 7800 GT, and coming soon, the super fast ATI Radeon® X 1900. Also included is a second optical drive, to improve customers' multitasking options. There's also room inside the case for a second hard drive for those customers who need extra storage space.
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German (language) affiliated site now online... Press Rel
For the German-reading crowd out there, I'm pleased to announce that macosxhints.ch is now online. They actually launched a week or so ago, and I've been a bit lax in getting the news out (sorry, guys!).

macosxhints.ch features a collection of the best of the Panther hints from macosxhints.com, all translated into German. Going forward, there will be additional hints, both new to the German site as well as those translated from macosxhints.com. I'd love to take some credit for the work on the site, but really, I can't -- Rasim Cakir and his team have done a great job pulling and compiling the older Panther hints and trying to keep up with the newer ones. They had over 900 new users register in the first three days the site was up, so there's clearly an interest in the German version of these pages.

The US site will always have the new hints first, given the time required to translate each hint into German. There's also not necessarily a one-to-one match between hints on the two sites -- the German site may not run every hint from the main site, as it's up to Rasim and his crew to pick and choose which hints they'd like to publish.

Although I've granted permission for macosxhints.ch to use some of the content from the main site, that's about the extent of my involvement with the German pages -- it's really Rasim and his team that are making this happen. I provide each day's hints, and they decide what to do with them. There's a cooperative, non-financial relationship between the two sites, so hopefully we'll be seeing some original German hints translated back into English for the main site.

Welcome, macosxhints.ch!
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Apple releases speed- and CPU-bumped G5s Press Rel
Apple Unveils 'Wicked Fast' G5 Cubed

Cupertino, CA -- April 1, 2004 -- Apple® today announced its first-ever triple-CPU system, the PowerMac G5 Cubed®. Featuring a total of three G5 processors, the G5 Cubed offers unmatched desktop processing power. "It's clearly the fastest thing we've ever made, and it's head and shoulders above anything the Wintel world has to offer," said Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs.

"Pixar is what really drove us to make this machine," Steve continued. "After they switched to the G5 last quarter, they told me they really needed some added horsepower for the render farm. We had our engineers look at quad-CPU G5s, but our water cooling system isn't quite yet ready for prime time. People have been asking us to bring back the Cube, and while we don't feel we're ready to tackle that form factor again, we liked the name a lot and so 'G5 Cubed' stuck."

There will be two models in the G5 Cubed line, the entry-level triple 2.0ghz machine and the top-of-the-line triple 2.5ghz model. Both feature the industry's highest bandwidth memory (400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); the industry's fastest PCI interface available on a desktop (133 MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all wrapped in the award-winning G5 aluminum enclosure. Each CPU features an independent front-side bus running at speeds of up to 1.25ghz. The entry-level model will start at $2,899, while the top-of-the-line Cubed model will begin at $3,599.

"Due to our incredible relationship with IBM, we've been able to really drive down the cost on these CPUs, but obviously, they'll cost more than a comparable dual machine," said Jobs. "Overall, I'm pleased with where we were able to price the Cubed. Based on its astounding performance and modest price point, I fully expect that we'll be upgrading Virginia Tech again, in addition to Pixar. It's quite possible that the G5 Cubed may enable Virginia Tech to claim second spot on the supercomputer list." Due to the expected high level of launch customer demand, general availability of these machines is targeted for late July.

The new machines are slightly larger than their predecessors, due to the six inches of space required for the third processor and assorted cooling fans. "But we made the most of that space," said Jobs, "by including a second USB port and two FireWire 800 ports on the front of the machine."

The G5 Cubed is available for immediate order on the Apple store (www.apple.com/store) and can be custom configured with additional RAM, hard drives, and upgraded video cards.

The G5 Cubed® represents Apple's continuing leadership of the personal computer revolution, which Apple ignited in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.

[robg adds: Though we don't normally cover press releases, this one hit home as my Dual G5 just took a major hit in value on the used computer market!]
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PR: macosxhints.com announces future direction Press Rel
Beaverton, OR -- April 1, 2003 -- macosxhints.com today announced its new strategic direction to address the constant need for growth in the dynamic web site information portal business. In a highly anticipated move, the site announced that all future hints will eventually focus solely on the WindowsXP platform.

"It's the way of the future, no doubt about it!" said Rob Griffiths, macosxhints.com founder and Editor-in-Chief. "Sure, the Mac might be easier to use, have a more elegant interface, and through its use of UNIX, have access to the world of Open Source software. But really, at the end of the day, who cares about any of that?" Griffiths goes on to state that "really, it's all about registered user counts, daily page views, and publishing as many hints as possible, quality be damned! When you get right down to it, those are the only things that anyone with money to throw at you ... er ... I mean to invest in your business ... are going to care about."

The transition to the new format begins immediately, with the unveiling of the new site logo:


macosxhints.com will support both platforms during the transition, but fully expects to devote 90% of its resources to the winxphints.com project within 30 days. At that point, Griffiths notes, "we'll have lost most of the Mac users anyway, and those that are left won't really notice that the Mac site is not getting updated as regularly, nor are the hints as interesting or useful as they once were." If public outcry warrants it, the company will maintain a skeleton crew to keep up appearances of supporting the Mac, but all efforts will, according to Griffiths, be focused on "making winxphints.com the number one hint destination for the hundreds of millions of Windows users out there."

In anticipation of the new crowd, macosxhints.com is actively seeking advertisers from Windows-advertising-centric stalwarts such as online casinos, multi-level marketing companies, and organizations such as AsSeenOnTV.com. Griffiths notes "we fully expect to support pop-ups, pop-unders, pop-intos, Pop Tarts, and whatever other kinds of technology these companies require."

In a related announcement, the cost of a macosxhints.com subscription will be increased from $10 per year to $500 per year. According to Griffiths, this is due to "the increased investment required to support the new advertising technologies, as well as the greatly increased costs of tech support for the Windows platform." He goes on to state, "We hated to do it, but we felt we had no choice if we were going to compete with the established brands in the WinXP market -- we need capital to match their level of hardware and software development. We may lose a few customers over it, but that's the price of progress sometimes..."

Press Contacts:
Rob Griffiths
Founder, macosxhints.com / winxphints.com
email: HappyAprilFool@macosxhints.com
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PR: 'Greatest Hits' of macosxhints to be published soon Press Rel
In strict violation of my "no press releases" rule, I'm pleased to announce that (after too many months of effort!) the first ever macosxhints book is soon to be available! "Mac OS X Hints - 500 All-Time Best Tips, Tricks, and Secrets of Jaguar 10.2" will be published by Pogue Press / O'Reilly, and you can see a brief overview of it on O'Reilly's catalog page.

I've been quietly working on this project (during every free minute of time I've had!) since early August, and it's now reaching completion -- now you all know why I've had some trouble finding time for completing other projects! The book isn't just a "cut and paste" job from the site to print form. Every hint was rewritten and retested from scratch, and hundreds of screenshots were added to help clarify and explain the hints. In addition, many of the scripts and programs posted here are included (the author of each program was contacted for approval to include their original work in the book - thanks to each of you for agreeing!).

In recognition of the upcoming release of the book, I'll be in O'Reilly's booth at Macworld at 4:00pm on January 7th, giving a brief presentation on how I migrated from an OS 9 "power user" and UNIX "chicken" to a 100% OS X addict and founder of macosxhints.com. Stop by if you're going to be at the show; I think we'll even have a booklet of hints to give away to everyone.

If you'd like to know a bit more about the book and its contents, read the rest of the article...
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MacBase PDF magazine debuts today Press Rel
Although I don't publish many press releases (most of my press contacts would claim that I don't publish any!), I felt the following was newsworthy. Today marks the debut of Macbase magazine, a new monthly PDF-only Mac magazine. I've had a chance to read through the preview issue, and it's an impressive 50 page effort. There are articles on working with the toolbar in the Finder, a look at the shareware Mac market from an author's perspective, and a glimpse at the state of gaming on the Mac (amongst other topics). I even discovered a Jaguar trick that I had not yet run across (it will be posted soon, with full credit to MacBase, of course!).

As a PDF-based magazine, MacBase is in full color and I found it nicely laid out and easy to read. Some of the articles were directed at newer OS X users, others were targeted at anyone using a Mac. Overall, it was a good balance. One additonal advantage of the PDF format is that all the hyperlinks take you directly to the referenced page in your favorite browser. Despite 50 pages of graphically rich content, the magainze is only a 2mb download.

MacBase magazine is free; the only requirement is a valid email address. The site has a published privacy policy which states, in part:
When you enter your email address to sign up for the mailing list we keep that confidential. We do not send unsolicited emails, spam, or other forms of junk mail to our mailing list subscribers. We also do not sell, share, trade, or give out our mailing list in whole or part in any way.
This made me feel better about signing up, as it more or less mirrors the policy I have in place here.

So if you're looking for something new to read regarding the Mac, check out MacBase.
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Apple introduces new iBooks Press Rel
Apple introduced the new iBooks today. With an AGP 2x Radeon card, the new iBook completes a lineup in which every machine can take advantage of the upcoming Quartz Extreme graphics acceleration (in Jaguar). They've also speed bumped the top-of-the-line machine to 700mhz.

Anyone interested in a used G3/500 2001 model? ;-)
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PR Digest #1 Press Rel
I receive many Press Release submissions. So many that if I chose to publish all of them, then they would make up a large percentage of the 'hints' here on the site. Since that's not the primary purpose of macosxhints (VersionTracker, macosxapps, MacNN, and others already do a fine job of covering new releases for OS X), I have generally chosen to ignore the Press Release submissions. That doesn't seem quite right, either, as there may be some announcements of interest to macosxhints readers which don't get covered elsewhere.

As an experiment then, I give you the first (and possibly last?) Press Release Digest. This article covers all of the PR announcements I've received in the last two weeks (April 22 to May 3). If the feedback is positive, I'll publish one of these every couple of weeks with all the relevant new or udpated Mac OS X products. I will not publish PR blurbs which contain nothing specific to OS X, and I will not publish individual PR blurbs. If you are a registered user, you can use the Preferences function to disable any hint category you wish, including Press Releases. Please use the comments function on this article to let me know whether you like or dislike this PR Digest concept, or just drop me an email with your thoughts.

This first PR Digest contains information on:

New Products: CCEdit, ImageEdit, Daydreamer, Galactic Patrol, AquaGrep, PageSender

Updated Products: SwitchPic 2.01, Impasse 1.2.1, MacBreakZ 3.2, PocketBackup 1.02, Snax 1.2.8, Suck It Down 1.2, Revolution 1.1.1, Scheduler 3.1

Read the rest of the article for the descriptions and links.
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Mac OS X and higher education lab deployments Press Rel
From the editor: This is not your normal Press Release blurb (which, in case you haven't noticed, have more or less disappeared lately due to the amount of actual hints to be published!). The goal of the Higher Education Mac OS X Lab Deployment Initiative is to make OS X easier to deploy and maintain in a computer lab environment. They have created the macosxlabs.org website as a clearinghouse for information related to their mission.

If you work with OS X in the higher education arena, their website looks to be well worth a visit. Read the rest of the article for the full text of their announcement...
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PR: Free Ruler for OS X released Press Rel
Free Ruler is a free screen ruler for Mac OS X with many intuitive features, including:
  • Horizontal and vertical rulers which can be used independently or together.
  • Rulers can be grabbed and moved around the screen.
  • Rulers can be nudged around using the arrow keys.
  • A crosshair cursor helps in measuring objects on screen.
  • Mouse location appears on the ruler for more precise measurement.
  • Rulers can be resized independently, from 120 pixels to 2000 pixels in length.
  • Horizontal and vertical rulers can be grouped and moved as a unit.
  • It's free!
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