HP Inkjets to be Mac Compatible -- Now that Apple's StyleWriters are history, Apple and Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced last week that future inkjet printers from HP will be compatible with the Mac OS, and that Apple will resell some HP inkjet printers directly to customers in education, presumably so schools can order machines and printers with a single purchase order. Printers with the HP brand should also be available to customers through direct channels like the Apple Store later this year. Mac OS drivers for the HP printers will apparently not be engineered by Apple or HP, which is both good and bad news since Apple's StyleWriter drivers tended to be good, but HP's Mac OS printer drivers were often a mixed bag. Instead, Mac OS drivers for HP printers will come from Infowave - makers of products like PowerPrint, which lets Macs use a wide array of PC printers, and StyleScript, a PostScript interpreter for inkjets - and may include support for Apple's ColorSync color matching technology. [GD]
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.