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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Go Intel

O.K. we all know about the Intel switch, but now it seems we might have a little more info from Tom's Hardware Guide. "New Intel processor roadmaps suggest that the company will aggressively reduce the power consumption of its higher end desktop processors with the introduction of the "Conroe" family in the second half of next year. By then, Intel will also have a 64-bit refresh for Yonah ready and introduce a Celeron M-branded single-core Yonah. Documents seen by Tom's Hardware Guide now indicate that the new processor architecture code-named "Conroe" and scheduled for the second half of 2006 will deliver on this promise. If we believe our sources, then Intel is targeting a power consumption of about 60 to 70 watts per processor - or 30 to 35 watts per core. "
I don't know about you but this sounds like great news for new Powerbook owners who don't want to cook their food or laps with their computers in 2006 and beyond.

Tiger seems to be getting better with every upgrade, A MacFixit poll reveals major and minor problems on the decline. With Apple also having 10.4.3 already with developers, seems that the update will fix continuing problems with integration with Microsoft Corp. Activity Directory, SMB file sharing and lower-level networking issues.

VPN (virtual private network) connectivity, including connecting to Cisco Systems Inc.'s concentrators, is one of the more persistent problem areas.

Most VPN clients that worked under previous versions of Mac OS X were incompatible with 10.4.0. Apple's 10.4.1 update fixed a kernel bug, enabling some VPN client developers to release Tiger-compatible versions.

The Tiger updates don't always improve networking. Apple's most recent update, 10.4.2, created a new problem that causes Adobe Systems Inc.'s InDesign to crash when the Mac user tries to open or save an InDesign file on a Windows server. I hope 10.4.3 Update will fix the problems.

Well MS put out MSN Messenger 5.0 for Mac. Enabling corporate IM with support for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. Messenger for Mac 5.0 introduces tabbed viewing, Users may simultaneously access corporate and personal Messenger accounts and set a unique user status on each. Support for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 enables enterprise customers to IM in a security-enhanced manner via the corporate tab with colleagues inside and out the network.
Trying to look more Mac now with tabs....Yawn. Still no Video? At least CNN knows iChat is better!

Last, but not least, don't forget to Watch or just listen to Your Mac Life tonight, William Harrison, EarthLink's Senior Macintosh Product Manager will talk about the services available to Mac users; and Paul Provenza, along with Penn Jillette of "Penn & Teller" fame, Executive Producer of the movie "The Aristocrats". Peter Cohen of and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for "the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac."


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