PowerBooks Get Zipped -- Owners of PowerBooks with expansion bays - the 190, 5300, 1400, 3400, and G3 models - will finally be able to use their storehouse of Zip disks on the road without packing an external drive and its bulky power supply. VST announced last week the first shipments of its hot-swappable internal PowerBook Zip drives that read and write to Iomega's popular 100 MB disks. The long-delayed drives ship with one Zip disk containing a bootable version of Mac OS 8 pre-installed; the drive itself is ready to run out of the box, replacing the removable floppy drive or CD-ROM. The thought that an internal Zip drive might become a reality was one of the main factors that led me to purchase a 5300cs over a year ago. Suggested retail for the drives is $349.95. [JLC]
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
- Macintosh Hardware (10 Dec 97)