Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 Targets USB Problems -- Apple has released Mac OS ROM Update 1.0, which corrects USB device troubles on iMac, blue and white Power Macintosh G3, and bronze keyboard PowerBook G3 Series computers. The numerically confusing Update 1.0 changes the Mac OS ROM version 1.4 in these machines to version 1.6. On USB-equipped Macintoshes, the update addresses problems with unresponsive devices when the mouse is plugged into the top or left USB port and the keyboard into the bottom or right port. Updated USB-equipped PowerBooks avoid a potential crash when removing a USB keyboard while putting the computer to sleep, more consistently recognize hot-swapped media bay devices, and require that the Target Disk Mode SCSI ID is set to 2. Bronze keyboard PowerBook G3 owners should check the current Mac OS ROM version (found on the System Profile tab in the Apple System Profiler application), since many of the machines are already running version 1.6. NetBoot clients running under Mac OS X Server should also install the new version. Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 is a free 2 MB download. [JLC]
iMovie '09: Speed Clips up to 2,000%
iMovie '09 brings back the capability to speed up or slow down clips, which went missing in iMovie '08. Select a clip and bring up the Clip Inspector by double-clicking the clip, clicking the Inspector button on the toolbar, or pressing the I key. Just as with its last appearance in iMovie HD 6, you can move a slider to make the video play back slower or faster (indicated by a turtle or hare icon).
You can also enter a value into the text field to the right of the slider, and this is where things get interesting. You're not limited to the tick mark values on the slider, so you can set the speed to be 118% of normal if you want. The field below that tells you the clip's changed duration.
But you can also exceed the boundaries of the speed slider. Enter any number between 5% and 2000%, then click Done.
Published in TidBITS 487.
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