While Safari, Firefox, and Chrome have been getting most of the attention, Opera has been quietly at work on Opera 11.50, which now includes a long list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. The Web browser’s user interface has received a number of improvements, ranging from a new icon set to better layout. Opera Link, the company’s data-synchronization service, is now capable of storing passwords alongside other browsing data, while Opera Mail includes better support for Gmail’s IMAP service. Opera’s support for HTML 5 has received a significant boost through the introduction of numerous new features, including the Opera Presto 2.9 rendering engine. (Free, 13.7 MB)
Single Time Machine Backups
Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.