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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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A Big Minus for ZipPlus

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A Big Minus for ZipPlus -- Iomega recently revised the compatibility guidelines for the ZipPlus drive, and these guidelines suggest that Iomega either dropped the ball when testing the drive or has a blatant disregard for reality. The ZipPlus can detect whether the drive is connected to a SCSI or parallel port using a special blue AutoDetect cable. Failure to use that cable, use of "any cable converter or gender changer," or use in a multiple-device SCSI chain, could cause system incompatibilities and data loss. Iomega also specifies that the ZipPlus not be used with any PowerBook, regardless of the cable. What's next, a requirement that users store the ZipPlus in a cool, dark place away from loud noises? We hope Iomega will provide a technical solution to these problems quickly. [JLC]

<http://www.iomega.com/product/zip/zipplus.html>
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