About Those 56 Kbps Modems -- If you're thinking about blazing through the Internet with a 56 Kbps modem, you might want to check out NetBITS-008, which features an article looking at how 56K modems work and why the competing K56Flex and X2 standards may be burning users. The issue also talks about image compression methods, laments the passing of Gopher and WAIS, and catches a wave with the originator of the phrase "surfing the Internet." Also, if you have questions about Web graphics, you may find answers in NetBITS-007, where Glenn Fleishman explains GIF, JPEG, PNG, and more. That issue also talks about email bounces and debunks the current misinformation being spread about America Online. If you find these NetBITS articles useful, you can receive NetBITS in email each week automatically by sending email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. [ACE]
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.