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ExtraBITS for 12 December 2011

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Outlining is a topic near and dear to some of us, and Jeff Carlson reviews OmniOutliner for iPad over at Macworld, where Glenn Fleishman also writes about a tool that prevents DNS poisoning. Plus, might libraries turn into hackerspaces in the future?

OmniOutliner for iPad Review at Macworld -- If you make excessive use of outlines, as Jeff Carlson does, you’ll appreciate the ability to build and edit them on the iPad. It’s often a more convenient method of jotting thoughts that can be expanded later on the Mac without having to pull out your laptop or wait until you’re back at your desk. In this review for Macworld, he touches on the advantages and depths of OmniOutliner for iPad, as well as a few surprising limitations.

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Libraries Make Room For High-Tech ‘Hackerspaces’ -- In the future, a book may be the last thing you’ll visit the library to find. NPR offers a piece about the Maker Station, a 50-foot trailer parked outside a public library, where people can take advantage of creative tools such as 3-D printers and other modern building tools.

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New Tool Secures Against DNS Poisoning -- A new tool from domain name lookup service OpenDNS secures your Mac’s connection to the firm’s servers when translating a human-readable name into its IP address, as Glenn Fleishman explains at Macworld. This prevents a host of malicious activities that can occur when third parties tamper or poison the values returned for a DNS request. It’s free, and it works with OpenDNS’s free and paid offerings.

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