New and Noteworthy: SATA card for MacBook Pros debuts; Survey: iPods More Popular Than Beer; more

New and Noteworthy: SATA card for MacBook Pros debuts; Survey: iPods More Popular Than Beer; more

SATA card for MacBook Pros debuts FirmTek is now shipping their SeriTek/2SM2-E ExpressCard. The new card allows attachment of SATA drives and enclosures. A press release states "While the MacBook Pro presents the most powerful portable platform ever available, its stock storage and interfaces have presented a hurdle for video production. The internal drive provided is not large enough for true video production work, and the FireWire and USB ports do not provide the necessary performance." FirmTek's SeriTek/2SM2-E ExpressCard adapter for the Macintosh is available now, with estimated retail pricing of USD$119.95. More.

Survey: iPods More Popular Than Beer The Associated Press reports that the iPod surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, N.J.-based Student Monitor. "Nearly three quarters, or 73 percent, of 1,200 students surveyed said iPods were "in" _ more than any other item in a list that also included text messaging, bar hopping and downloading music. In the year-ago study, only 59 percent of students named the iPod as 'in,' putting the gadget well below alcohol-related activities." More.

Building a heterogeneous home network for Linux and Mac OS X A NewsForge article discusses how to set up Mac-Linux printer and file sharing using NFS and SSH. "Setting up printer sharing is fairly easy. Either the Mac or the Linux machine can physically host the printer." More.

Microsoft improves Office 2004 system admin guides Macworld UK reports that Microsoft has released an updated version of its Mac Office Resource Kit. "This is of specific interest to system administrators and other IT professionals who manage and support Office for Mac on a network. The new documentation includes a major new section to help guide system admins through the Office 2004 deployment process. It explains how they can exploit Apple technologies to do this, including Workgroup Manager, Apple Remote Desktop and PackageMaker. It also explains how to manage preferences on multiple machines and furnishes detailed information to help system administrators integrate Office 2004 into an Exchange Server environment." More.

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