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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.

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Filename Extension

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Filename Extension -- Steve Peterson <stevep-hv@virtation.com> pointed out that Windows 95 is more clever than we gave it credit for when mapping its long filenames to short ones.

On floppy disks it's a little more complicated. Windows 95 puts the long file names on the floppy, but in a format that (so far) only Windows 95 and NT can read. If you put the floppy in a DOS/Windows 3.1 PC or a Mac, you see eight-dot-three versions of the files.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>