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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/10-Oct-05

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Creating PDF-based ebooks -- A reader runs into difficulty creating PDF files that work well for print and online reading, and finds answers in TidBITS Talk. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X CAD programs -- What programs are available for the Mac for creating architectural drawings? Programs spanning the range from professional to entry-level are discussed. (8 message)

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Apple Cracks Down on Google AdWords -- Adam's article about Google's restriction on terms such as "Mac" generates similar stories and discussion from readers. (10 messages)

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Virtual PC 7.x: How deep? Is the latest version of Virtual PC good enough to use in place of a Windows-based PC? (4 messages)

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Power Mac G5/1.8: The buggiest Mac ever? The Power Mac G5 1.8 GHz model seems to be more trouble-prone than others, but it depends on what you measure it against, and whether rumor outweighs reality. (3 messages)

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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>