Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

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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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MacTech 25 Voting Open, VBA to AppleScript Guide Available

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MacTech Magazine is once again accepting votes for the 2007 MacTech 25, a roundup of the people who contribute the most technical assistance to the Macintosh community through their writing, speaking, and problem-solving. MacTech internal staff aren't eligible and Apple employees will be included only on an honorable mention list, so please, cast your votes for the people who provide you with the most useful technical information.

Last year, Tonya and I made the list because of our work on TidBITS and Take Control, but please let me encourage you also to vote for our colleagues, since Matt Neuburg has done great work in the AppleScript world, Glenn Fleishman is the preeminent journalist covering wireless networking, Joe Kissell has written our top-selling Take Control ebooks, and Jeff Carlson is well known for his books on video and Palm OS handhelds.

Also, if you don't currently receive MacTech and are interested in scripting Microsoft Office, you might wish to consider subscribing. For only $10 shipping and handling plus some answers to survey questions, you can receive six months of MacTech along with the 150-page "Moving from Microsoft Office VBA to AppleScript: MacTech's Guide to Making the Transition." The next version of Microsoft Office for the Mac won't support Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Microsoft's own scripting environment, and will instead rely on AppleScript, a move which will require changes in Office-based automation. The offer is good through 01-Apr-07.

 

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