FireWire 800 ExpressCard for MacBook Pro -- One of the common complaints about the 15-inch MacBook Pro was its lack of a FireWire 800 port, which is present on both the PowerBook G4 and the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. The saving grace was the MacBook Pro's ExpressCard slot, which, as Glenn Fleishman pointed out in the last issue of TidBITS (see "ExpressCard on the Horizon"), allows data transfer of 2 Gbps in each direction, making it possible to run FireWire 800 via an ExpressCard. Now, Akumen, Inc. has announced the first such adapter in its ExpressWay Series, the "2-Port NitroAV FireWire800/1394b Professional Express Card (34 mm) Interface Adapter (MacBook Pro)." (Yes, that appears to be the full name). The card sports two FireWire 800 slots with a maximum throughput of 800 Mbps and costs $90. [JLC]
Track Bandwidth Use with VirusBarrier X6
If you have monthly bandwidth limits, it's useful to know how much data you have used so far to avoid overage charges or being shut off by your ISP. But how do you determine how much data your Mac has transferred? Open VirusBarrier X6's Traffic window to see both current and cumulative traffic, and you can also create warnings when your data usage - incoming, outgoing, or both - exceeds an amount you specify.