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Set Password Activation Time in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, you can now set an amount of time after your Mac goes to sleep or engages the screen saver before it requires a password to log back on. In Leopard, the option was simply to require the password or not. Choose among several increments, between 5 seconds and 4 hours, from System Preferences > Security.

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CloudPull 2.5.3

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Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull 2.5.3 with a number of improvements and bug fixes. The Google data backup application ensures that your inbox mail folder will be found even if it’s not named “INBOX,” increases the allowed amount of time for a Gmail message to be downloaded, adds error handling improvements when downloading Gmail messages, retrieves a fresh list of calendar events to avoid an issue that prevented Google Calendar from backing up, fixes a problem that incorrectly caused mail messages to be listed as unlabeled, and confirms that all previously backed up files are still present in the backup repository at the start of each backup cycle. ($24.99 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 9.7 MB, release notes)


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