Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 22:25
Category: Intel

If you have an Intel Mac with Vista on Boot Camp… prepare to reinstall Vista after applying the latest EFI update. The Apple CSM (Boot Camp) runtimes have changed, and because Vista is semi-EFI and GPT sensitive… changing those runtimes fries the install. The good news is that Apple made these changes now so that when Vista comes out users won’t have to reinstall.

Update: Running Windows Startup Repair does try to fix the problem, but does not fix it fully. Windows will still not boot.

Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs – PCS Intel Forums

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REVIEW: ToughTech mini from WiebeTech

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: hard drive

wiebe-toughtech-mini-front.jpgIf you’re anything like me, you probably move your hard drives around from machine to machine when you upgrade. I much prefer to transfer my hard drive from one MacBook to another rather than copy the data over. Inevitably I upgrade to a larger capacity model leaving me with an orphan drive.
The best home for replaced 2.5-inch hard drive mechanism is in an external FireWire enclosure. An external FW hard drive is great for backing up, archiving and moving data and is amazingly convenient. If you’re a user of FireWire 800 (included on the current MBP) you should select an enclosure that supports the faster protocol as it will you save lots of time on large data transfers.
The ToughTech mini from WiebeTech is a portable, bus-powered 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure that supports SATA drives.
SATA drives ship in all MacBooks, whereas PATA (mistakenly called IDE) drives ship in PowerBooks. This is an important distinction because you cannot move a PowerBook drive to a MacBook/MBP. Wikipedia clarifies the common PATA/IDE error:

SATA is the successor to the legacy AT Attachment standard (ATA). This older technology was retroactively renamed Parallel ATA (PATA) to distinguish it from Serial ATA. Both SATA and PATA drives are IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) drives, although IDE is often misused to indicate PATA drives.

Triple interface
The ToughTech mini features dual daisy-chainable FireWire 800, 400 and single FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. ports. FireWire 800 supports speeds of up to 800 Mbps, FireWire 400 up to 400 Mbps and USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps.
Oxford 924 chipset
Underneath it’s aluminum skin the ToughTech mini is powered by a new, faster Oxford Semiconductor 924 chipset. The Oxford 924 bridge chip features even higher speed transfer rates compared to the original Oxford 911 bridge chip.
Bus-Powered v. AC Adapter
Most FireWire ports provide enough juice to power the ToughTech mini so you can travel without an AC adapter for maximum portability. You will however need an AC adapter if the port you use does not provide enough power for ToughTech mini. This includes all 4 pin FireWire hosts (such as Sony iLink which provides no power at all) and USB ports.
ToughMount Anti-Shock Protection
The ToughTech mini features ToughMount strips that are mounted between the drive and the enclosure to protect the drive from shock and reduce enclosure noise.
As part of the package WiebeTech includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 cables and you can even download their Mac OS X drive icons for that extra personal touch. WiebeTech has always made high quality drives an the ToughTech mini is no exception, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a portable FireWire drive or enclosure.
ToughTech mini – 0GB US$119.95
ToughTech mini – 80GB 5400RPM US$228.95
ToughTech mini – 120GB 5400RPM US$308.95
ToughTech mini – 100GB 7200RPM US$343.95
ToughTech mini – 160GB 5400RPM US$399.95
WiebeTech LLC
8200 E. 34th St. North #1404
Wichita KS, 67226


The Apple Core: Apple needs to do more with Google

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

docsslogo.gifOn 29 August, 2006 Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors (Dr. Schmidt also sits on Princeton University’s board of trustees.) Apple and Google are the silicon valley’s power couple and Apple needs to take better advantage of this relationship by doing more to partner with Google.
I have been playing with Google Documents and Spreadsheets a lot lately and they’re both fantastic. Docs has replaced Backpack for me and has the potential to replace more than a few Wikis.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


The Two Faced Monster Inside Zune

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 07:00
Category: iPod

To counter Apple’s FairPlay DRM used in the iTunes Store, Microsoft worked with media producers to design a comprehensive DRM technology framework it named after the Roman god Janus. Here is why it failed.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM


Microsoft Zune on Sale Tuesday, NYT: Yawn

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 00:10
Category: iPod

Microsoft is probably the greenest company in all of high tech. Not green in the environmental sense — green with envy.

Microsoft is so jealous of the iPod’s success that Tuesday it will unveil a new music system — pocket player, jukebox software and online music store — that’s an unabashed copy of Apple’s. It’s called Zune.

The amazing part is that it’s Microsoft’s second attempt to kill the iPod. The first was PlaysForSure — a gigantic multiyear operation involving dozens of manufacturers and online music stores. Microsoft went with its trusted Windows strategy: If you code it, the hardware makers will come (and pay licensing fees).

Trying Out the Zune: IPod It’s Not – New York Times