Vitrual PC 4.0 notes
xlr8yourmac has gotten some answers from Connectix concerning the question why Voodoo support was dropped in version 4.0. The reason lies in the new features of the G3 and G4 chips that are now being exploited. The result is that older chips no longer work, that VPC is a lot faster now and that Voodoo cards no longer work within the emulation. That is actually a good thing, as it reduces the number of Voodoo1/2 dependent applications under Mac OS by one. That pretty much leaves us with Quake 1 retail (not GL) and Klingon Honor Guard. I'll think twice before I keep a PCI slot occupied just to be able to run that game. But at the moment there is no need to get that slot free, so it'll stick there for a while just yet.
Crash proof computers?
ZDnet notes that quite a bunch of companies have joined a consortium to create a crash-proof computer system. Microsoft is there too, IBM, Silicon Graphics, Sun and Novell, but now Apple anywhere. Of course the consortium is still accepting other companies to join. The whole thing was of course started by NASA, as they're probably the only "company" who really can't afford crashes. If they get something done in say 5 or 10 years, that might a really good thing.
PCI-X appears for the first time
the register notes that Compaq has shown off a first prototype of the new PCI-X standard. However, mass production and a flawless product is not expected before mid 2001. Also the bus currently runs at "only" 100MHz, instead of the promised 133MHz. Still, it's good to see that PCI is still developing further.
More Creative news
AppleInsider has some more latest new on the development of the "SoundBlaser Live" for Macintosh. The card still isn't quite done (mainly the drivers, I guess), but they still hope to be able to release it at MWSF. Check it out for the details.