Users Reporting Erratic Trackpad Behavior Under Windows

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 12:01
Category: News

According to an article on MacFixIt, several users have reported erratic trackpad behavior on their Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops when running Windows under both Apple’s Boot Cap and Parallels Desktop for Mac OS X.
While behavior will be normal for a while, readers have commented that after a given period of time, behavior will become erratic.
The article reports that running a trackpad reset, or running a hand across the entire trackpad in a wiping motion, can resolve the issue as a short term fix (the solution is covered in this Apple Knowledge Base article, which discusses resetting the trackpad on various PowerBook G4 laptops).
As of now there’s been no comment regarding this issue from Apple.
Please let us know if you’ve encountered this or similar problems and what fixes or workarounds have resolved the situation for you.

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Crossover for Mac 6.0 Final Candidate Beta Released

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

A recent post on VersionTracker.com points out that CodeWeavers has released the latest beta of CrossOver for Mac, its Windows-emulation software for Mac OS X.
Like Parallels, CrossOver for Mac allows users to run a Windows environment within their Mac OS X operating system without needing to create and boot into a new partition a la Apple’s Boot Camp. The new beta, a 28.6 megabyte download, the new version of the software includes the following fixes and changes:
-Modified handling of Mac Suitcase fonts so that they are avalable to more Windows applications. In particular, fonts should now work properly in Visio 2003.
-Altered menu generation so that Managed bottles produce usable menus.
-Extensively revised the documentation and online help.
-Cut/Copy/Paste keyboard shortcuts (Command-X,C,V) work better.
-Added several general printing fixes.
-Fixed several Half-Life 2 crashes.
-Improved support for non-American keyboards.
-Improved support for non-English versions of some applications.
-Adjusted the GUI in numerous small ways.
-After this version, it will no longer be necessary to quit the CrossOver CD Helper in order to overwrite CrossOver.
-Macs with integrated Intel graphics chips (MacBook, Mini) can run DirectX 8.x graphics.
-Fixed crashes and install failures due to libraries in /usr/local.
-Fixed crashes due to certain font files.
-Tool palette windows are now movable.
-Improved scroll-wheel responsiveness.
-Fixed Create Icon to preserve working directory and command arguments more reliably.
-Fixed handling of Caps Lock.
-Fixed the IE screen-flicker that appeared for pages with Flash content
-Many other improvements to Internet Explorer’s behavior.
-Improved handling of CD detection and ejection. Installers that require multiple CDs should now install more graciously.
-Some fixes to Outlook 2003 behavior, including printing fixes.
Improved support for Equation Editor
-Corrected display of fonts in DirectX 8.x games, like Half-Life 2.
-Changes resolution in full-screen games should work better.
-Numerous other Direct3D improvements.
CrossOver for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 and an Intel-based Mac to run. The software retails for $39.95.
If you have any comments, suggestions or feedback, let us know.

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WebcamTweaker Allows Easy Filters for Captured Video

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

A quick entry on The Unofficial Apple Weblog points out WebcamTweaker, a nifty piece of shareware available for a $15.95 registration fee that essentially works like Apple’s PhotoBooth for video files.
Users can import and create movies using different filters as well as create time lapse movies. WebcamTweaker also supports the Apple Remote control and is a Universal Binary program capable of running natively under both Apple’s PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The shareware registration fee includes free upgrades for life that aren’t simply limited to a current version.
WebcamTweaker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel processor, 256 megabyte of RAM and costs $15.95 (though that includes free upgrades for life). A free demo, a 2.8 megabyte file, can also be downloaded to try out the software.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this, let us know.

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Legend of the Dogcow Posted

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Fun

Technology blog Uneasysilence.com has posted an abridged history of Apple‘s legendary Dogcow, the cult favorite icon originally designed as part of the Cairo font by Susan Kare when Apple was designing its own fonts back in the 80′s.
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In 1986, the Dogcow image became more prevalent as Apple was looking for an image to demonstrate what its Laser printer line was capable of. The printer development team decided to incorporate the dogcow image, in various positions, to show different page orientations such as Portrait, Landscape, Invert, Flip, etc.
The icon was used in every iteration of the Macintosh operating system until Mac OS 7.1 and was officially dubbed “Clarus”, complete with her own backstory and origin as well as a distinctive “Moof!” sound when necessary.
The Dogcow was present in Apple’s Icon Garden from 1993 until 1998 and remains the mascot of the Apple Worldwide Developer Tech Support Group.
If you’ve seen the Dogcow in any hacks, web sites or other locations, please let us know.

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Apple Shipping Misprinted MacBook Replacement Keyboards

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Sighting

An article on digg.com points to a possible misprint on replacement MacBook keyboards. The left parentheses symbol above the “9″ on the keyboard is marked as a right parentheses.
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Although the key itself is said to function perfectly well, it’s an odd printing error that others commenting on the article claim to have experienced for themselves.
Not the end of the world, but it’s a little strange and I’ve never seen an error quite like this in my years of owning the following Apple laptops: PowerBook 145B, PowerBook 150, PowerBook 5300C, clam shell iBook, iBook G3, iBook G4 and currently a white MacBook.
If you’ve had a similar experience or have any comments or suggestions, let us know.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 28

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 00:27
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 28 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (53’41, 25.2MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: Macworld Expo 2007 predictions.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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