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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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Salling Clicker 3.0 Adds Windows, Network Sharing, Wi-Fi Support

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Salling Software's latest releases extend its remote-control software across all kinds of technology. The original Salling Clicker let you use a cellular phone to control a Mac via Bluetooth. Now, you can control multiple computers across a network, use Wi-Fi on Palms and other Wi-Fi-equipped handhelds, and run Salling Clicker under Windows.


The $24 software, a free upgrade for existing users, is preconfigured with scripts for programs that beg for remote control options, such as Apple's iTunes, iPhoto, and Keynote, and third party applications like NetNewsWire Pro, Squeezebox's SlimServer, and VLC Media Player.

Salling Clicker is extensible through its guided creation of AppleScript scripts or through user-written scripts. A Phone Events tab lets you trigger scripts based on activity like the phone ringing, or a device coming into proximity so that it forms a Bluetooth connection. Some people set up their events so that when they leave their computer, Salling Clicker pauses music, stops checking email, and sets iChat status to Away.

Network support is new, and it enables a remote handset or handheld and one Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-enabled Mac to control multiple computers on a network (this feature works only on the Mac for now).

Version 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and supports 90 different makes and models of cell phones, handhelds, and similar devices. It's a 4.3 MB download.


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