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TidBITS#804/07-Nov-05

We roll into November with a mix of topics. After playing with Photo Booth on a new iMac G5, Adam points to two utilities that beat Photo Booth at its own game. Travis Butler offers a few more details on AC adapters, and Jeff Carlson notes the release of The Missing Sync 5.0. Glenn Fleishman outdoes himself by writing about external modems (now that the iMac no longer includes one), specifics of driving multiple 30-inch Cinema Displays on the new Power Mac G5, and how Sprint Nextel’s new cellular data service can help mobile Mac users.

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Grokster Shuts Down

Grokster Shuts Down -- After June's Supreme Court decision declaring that Grokster (along with StreamCast Networks and Sharman Networks) were responsible for copyright infringements that occurred as a result of using the companies' peer-to-peer file sharing software, Grokster's network has shut down

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More on AC Adapters

After last week's article on PowerBook AC adapters was published (see "Comparing Three AC Adapters" in TidBITS-803), I've received several messages from people about the MadsonLine MicroAdapter and the MacAlly adapter - specifically, about the amount of power they provide. I wrote that the MicroAdapter wasn't recommended for use with newer PowerBooks (the 1 GHz PowerBook G4 Titanium, and all of the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks) because it provides only 45 watts of power, compared with the 65 watts provided by the adapter Apple ships

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Null Modem: Dial-Up for Macs?

The latest iMac G5 doesn't include a built-in modem for use over telephone lines. Apple has offered a built-in modem on the iMac since the first model was released. Perhaps the logic is that if you can afford a PowerPC G5-based computer, you probably also have broadband

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Maxing Out Displays on the New Power Mac G5s

When Apple released the new dual-core Power Mac G5 models, the company noted that a single Power Mac G5 can support eight displays. That can't be true, can it? After being blown away a few months ago when Apple sent Jeff Carlson two 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays for review (see photos at the two Flickr links below), we pictured a bright and no doubt high-temperature wall of the huge screens. If you upgrade the included GeForce 6600 to the $2,500 list price Quadro FX 4500 512 MB PCI Express card (a $1,600 upgrade at the Apple Store), you get two dual-link DVI adapters, which allows two 30-inch displays

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-Nov-05

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Faxing problems from Tiger -- Mac OS X 10.4 slightly changed the way you send outbound faxes