xlr8yourmac has links to quite a lot of new software updates (well, if it's an update it is also new, I know). From drivers to antivirus stuff.
MacWarrior.com reopens after a long break, according to MGG. They have a new look and already some interesting stuff up, for example a guide to Input Sprockets, among others. Check it out.
G4 500 yields dropping below zero
the register as well as AppleInsider note that Motorola is still struggling with G4 chips to reach satisfactory production yields. At the moment they are as low as 1 lousy percent, which of course increases production cost a lot and also reduces the number of ready chips a lot. The 500MHz barrier, that prevented previous chips from running faster than 450Mhz, seems to be no hurdle anymore, obviously the bug in the Level 1 data cache has been fixed. However, what is causing the great trouble, seems to be the architecture of the G4 paired with Motorola's copper fabrication process. Also IBM is now likely to wait for the G4e, which will hopefully fix those issues too. Yeah, not only Intel is screwing things up dudes...buy a G4 now or wait for the G4e, like I will.
the register also notes that Intel has bought a fabrication plant from Rockwell International to increase their production capacity in order to get more Coppermines out of the door.
Firingquad has an interview with VIA, one of the biggest competitors to Intel, since they are producing the better mainboards, and have just announced a new CPU coming up... Read about VIA, "Joshua" and the chips...
According to MOSR Pismo might be released at this year's Macworld in Tokyo. A good place it would be...
Barracude ATA II
MacCentral reports that Seagate has just released a new ATA-66 harddrive that claims to be the "fastest and thoughest" in the market. It has 7200rpm, packs upt o 30.6GB and has an average seek time of 8.2ms, 45.5MB average transfer rate, 2MB cache...and a price tag.