LAST week's summary
The last week of my time at boot camp was, how could it be different, boring. All we had to do can be divided into 3 sections: Waiting, cleaning and returning material and equipment to the arsenal. Apart from the extreme values the equipment has, it is only heavy and dirty. Then the last day our lieutenant were promoted to first lieutenants and after waiting another 3 hours or so, we were finally dismissed. Now for me this means my career as a student at the university begins, others went on holiday, and others started working again. I'm glad it's over, even though I must admit that it wasn't as bad as I had expected, if I look back at the events during the last 15 weeks. Now for the girls...
xlr8yourmac has news about security updates for Mac OS X 10.1, has the news on the newly released speed-bumped PowerBooks and iBooks ,now up to 667MHz G4 and eventually has news from Cnet that Apple is going to unveil a "breakthrough digital music device". Aparently nobody knows for sure what it is, but rumors are that it might be some kind of connecting compound between the realm of computers and the realm of hifi stereo equipment, but not an MP3 player and not a Mac, so much is for sure, it seems. The date of the release is Oct. 23, so keep yourself posted.
G5 doing good, and fast as hell
the register reports that Apple sources say that the development of the G5 chip (aka MPC 8500) is going on well. The chip's latest revision 0.5 has fixed several major issues adn two more are set to be fixed with revision 0.6. The chip clocks at up to 1.6GHz now and aparently has roughly twice teh SpecInt2000 and SpecFP2000 scores of a 2GHz Pentium 4 chip. If they really get it done until January, we're going to see the best Macs ever, at least in terms of CPU performance.
MacNN notes that Apple has released new firmware upgrades for PowerMacs G4 and the Cube, now at version numbers 4.2.8 and 4.1.9 respectively.
AMD not being lazy either
TomsHardware notes that after the release of the improved Athlon XP and MP chips just a few days ago, AMD has now also released information on a new "Hammer" chip that runs both 32bit and 64bit code to help servers migrate from 32 to 64bit. Not that this is anything new, as the G5 can do the same and "Sledgehammer" (probably the same chip), was planned to run both from the very beginning, but anyway, they're making efforts.
MOSR has some clarification on the PowerPC G5 chip reports mentioned above and some rumors on the device Apple is going to release on Tuesday. All very interesting stuff.