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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.

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MacTech Conference Adds Tesla Test Drives and Enterprise Bridge

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All work and no play makes for a dull conference, and the upcoming MacTech Conference 2013 in Los Angeles has plenty of useful, illuminating, insightful sessions aimed at IT professionals and developers, delivered by industry experts. On the play side of the equation, MacTech has just announced two special opportunities.

First, Tesla Motors will be at the conference, but not to give a session. Instead, attendees will be able to sign up to test-drive the award-winning Tesla Model S electric car. The fine print states that there are a limited number of slots, only one test drive per person, and you must be a registered attendee who is 25 or older and have a valid driver’s license. An online time slot reservation system will be available soon, and I promise to mention it… after I sign up.

Second, on the first day of MacTech Conference, the New Starship Foundation will install the center section from the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” It’s not just a set restoration, though, since New Starship is working to turn the bridge into a fully operational educational simulation of the Enterprise, with touch-screen computers that can help teach science, technology, and engineering through the filter of the Star Trek universe. New Starship’s CEO and CTO will be on hand to answer questions. Our 14-year-old son Tristan is going to be incredibly unhappy about being left home when he hears about this. Sorry, kid.

MacTech Conference 2013 costs $1,399, with pre-registration pricing at $1,099, but TidBITS readers can knock another $100 off that, bringing the price to $999. The conference takes place November 6th through 8th at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, and the cost includes all meals. Space in the conference hotel is disappearing fast, so you should also reserve a hotel room soon if you want to attend.


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