those with Power Mac G5s (and maybe iMac G5s) are in for a terrific surprise that...
Reply 41 of 51
April 16, 2005 12:00PM
Well, 10.3.9 is out ? anybody know if it enables 16X or DL support?
Reply 42 of 51
April 16, 2005 5:24PM
Originally posted by DaveGee
I'm pretty sure IBM still does this. As does ADC, the tape library people. They provide a client with a BIG tape library (think larger than rack sized) and then sell the tape slots in 100 unit bundles. Need to expand your backup capacity? No need to get new library hardware, just pay to activate the next bank of 100 tape slots oh and once you are 70% in use they will offer to send you out another box at no additional charge. (since they can be linked)
Interestingly enough another company known for doing this is Pioneer. Maybe not recently, but they did it back in the 80s whith Laser Disc players. Some models had time base correctors, slow mo, and freeeze frame functions that you paid extra for. Cheaper models seemed to not have these features, but wait! If you took a remote from the expensive model and used it on the cheap model - Voila! - all the special features worked! Pioneer used the same chip sets across their model line but didn't give you access to them on the cheap ones. Amusungly people found that they could get a learning remote and copy the commands from the full function remote. All you needed was a friend with the expensive player who was willing to let you copy the commands.
Sort of a caveman firmware hack so to speak.
Reply 43 of 51
April 16, 2005 8:50PM
If some G5s had 8x and some had 16x I can imagine people buying a G5 and then returning it once they open the box and see that it's only 8x.
IBM still sells computers with stuff disabled, but these days they tell the customers about it; it's called Capacity Upgrade on Demand.
Reply 44 of 51
April 18, 2005 9:24AM
Well, heres something interesting from DVD Studio Pro 4 (
"Double-layer recorder and doublelayer media for writing finished projects to double-layer discs"
"DLT drive for transporting projects on tape to a replicator (recommended for DVD-9 projects)"
Not sure if this means that PowerMac's will get DL enable with 10.4, but makes it sound like future PowerMac's will definately have DL support
What does DLT stand for?
Reply 45 of 51
April 18, 2005 9:29AM
What does DLT stand for?
DLT is a high-density tape format that can, easily, hold 9Gb. It comes in lots of different flavours but the drives are usually SCSI and cost quite a lot ($1000?) the tapes are around $50(+?) each but are very reliable and durable.
Reply 46 of 51
April 18, 2005 10:35PM
Based on the DVD Studio Pro announcement, perhaps the G5 surprise is: "Surprise, you can play the HD-on-a-standard-DVD in Tiger's DVD player!" since it requires a G5 processor.
Reply 47 of 51
April 24, 2005 11:17PM
Or it could just be BS (which it is). There is NO "real" suprise
Reply 48 of 51
April 25, 2005 12:29AM
Well it seems that Tiger recognizes and burns to the Pioneer DVR-109 for those who installed on their macs. Haven't heard anything about DVR-108s.
No reports of Tiger unlocking the crippled firmware either.
Reply 49 of 51
April 25, 2005 7:05AM
We still can't rule out the possibility, I suppose, of the "secret Tiger feature" being increased G5 optimization or multithreading for every application.
Reply 50 of 51
April 30, 2005 12:34AM
So I have a G5 and Tiger now, and if there's anything that's supposed to be a surprise for G5 owners, I don't see it.
Reply 51 of 51
April 30, 2005 1:09AM
Got a 117D here - I've been reading that this is a 108 in disguise...any truth to this?