xlr8yourmac has various bits on various topics, the most interesting one probably being a new unofficaial beta ROM for the Voodoo3 series of graphics cards. (beta13) I'm not installing them just yet, as I want to wait for the ROM overclocker utility to support this new ROM. I welcome any feedback from your side though.
Intel weighing differently
the register notes that Intel has appartently loossened it efforts for the Itanium (IA-64) platform a bit, as the results of the chips still aren't satisfactory and OEMs don't seem to be interested in the chip. Instead they are now pushing the Pentium 4 and Foster chips more, aiming at fast SMP configurations. Looks like Intel is afraid of selling a 1GHz 64Bit Itanium, telling people it's faster than the 2Ghz Foster, 32bit chip. Did someone run into his own weapons there?
They also note that the Pentium 4 too still isn't doing how they wanted it to and that Intel may be facing some risky actions, that may well result in loss only a company like Intel can afford.
Newer gives up
MacNN and MacCentral both note that tech company Newer Technologies, famous or infamous for their CPU upgrades, is ceasing operations. This is already the second time these guys are about to go bankrupt, so it's not very surprising. I guess they are to blame themselves, as they may have been the first ones toship a new product many times, but that their products foten couldn't keep up with the products of the competition.
MOSR has some rumors on the OS X beta update being ready for MWSF, Apple working hard on getting nVidia graphics chips into their Macs and some news about Bluetooth devices on the Mac. If nVidia is indeed going to take the position of ATI in Apple's machines, what is ATI going to do? They'd lose another customer? I personally still don't believe that until I see it. I wonder whether we'd even see a speed gain with a GeForce2 Ultra, as this card has to be fed by the CPU as well. What we'd see though is a 300$ plus in the price tag, if not even more. Give me facts on that, not rumors.
LinuxPPC has gotten a new update for Q4 and has now a better Boot software and the CD is bootable on all Macs now.