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Our review copy of iPhoto ’11 hasn’t yet arrived, but we felt it was important to warn about a potential bug in the program that could erase photos—make backups! Also, if you haven’t yet had your fill of analysis of the Apple announcements, listen in to Adam’s interview on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast. And finally, want to turn a Mac into a Mac-O-Lantern for Halloween? Read on!

Back Up Before Installing iPhoto ’11! -- Our friend Liz Castro reports that when the new iPhoto ’11 (which hasn’t arrived here yet) attempted to upgrade her iPhoto Library, it failed in such a way as to delete 230 GB of photos. Others are seeing the problem too, so you should either avoid installing iPhoto ’11 until there’s a fix from Apple or make sure you have multiple backups before installing. It’s also probably best not to interrupt the upgrade process, no matter what.

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Convert an Old Mac to a Mac-O-Lantern -- As Halloween approaches, this 2007 post on the Bad Banana Blog offers a do-it-yourself way to turn a classic Mac (perhaps even a Mac Classic) into a retro-technology pumpkin. Bonus points for spooky screen displays and sounds, if you can get software into the old Mac!

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Adam Discusses Lion, Mac App Store, and MacBook Air on Tech Night Owl Live -- For more on Adam’s thoughts regarding Mac OS X Lion, the Mac App Store, and the new MacBook Air models, tune in to the final segment of last week’s Tech Night Owl Live podcast with Gene Steinberg.

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