First Cube clone surfaces
This picture (exclusive!) I scanned out of an advertisement (catalog) today shows what I believe is one of the first PCs to imitate the PowerMac G4 Cube.
It's got a P3 850Mhz, 128MB RAM, 20GB Harddisk (2.5", 4200rpm model I assume), 24x CD-ROM, optional Floppy drive (wow, no standard floppy for the first time !), 56k modem, 10/100MBit Ethernet (standard!), 2x USB, 1X parallel, 1x serial, 1x infrared, sound in and out, VGA, TV-out and probably PS2 ( not written here, but it says "connectors for mouse and keyboard, so I assume they mean that)
The thing called "BusinessBox" weighs only 1kg (a bit more than 2 pounds) and is only 15.5x5x15.5 cm big (like a CD-ROM drive, just a bit shorter). However, the picture indicates that there is a fan mounted inside, so it's probably a fairly noisy thing. However the pricetag of 2490.- is nice (that's Swiss franks, so about 1500$). I wonder whether this thing is going to have more success than the cube, as it most certainly is pretty much not upgradeable at all.
Bootable CD-RW Drive
xlr8yourmac.com notes that a reader found a cheap internal CD-RW drive that works and boots inside a beige G3. In the end she payed only 69$. Also there are a few other notes, one concerning yesterday's PowerBook HD ugrade.
Yahoo has the official Apple press release, releasing the new PowerMac G4 733 with the first DVD-R SuperDrive ever officially (noticed the double redundancy?). Whatever, the unit is available now and the ones who ordered real quick are likely going to get theirs in a matter of a few days.
If it's Mac it's ok
the register notes that the "Entourage" mail client in Office 2001 for Mac offers an option to turn off HTML mail, which is a good security extra, while Outlook Express on the PC does not offer this option. Thanks to the Mac team over at Microsoft, there are some people who're actually doing a good job too. Of course PC users want that option too now.
MW Tokyo starts
MacWEEK has all the links you need to keep yourself informed of what's happening at MWT. There is a satellite broadcast, as reported earlier, but it's not exactly public, so you'll have to wait for the video-on-demand stream a little later. I wonder what's going to happen.
MOSR again has some interesting rumors and Q&As. Take a look.
MacCentral just confirmed again, that Apple too isn't perfect. Aparently some CD-RW drives that shipped are not capable of writing to high-speed CD-RW disks, instead reporting an error. I guess they're going to issue a firmware upgrade or something.
AppleInsider notes that the new iMac Special edition may indeed feature a hybrid DVD/CD-RW drive (something that I expected to come with PowerMacs too) and might even include a G4 chip in the high end model. Otherwise it's just going to be a major speed bump on the G3.