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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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Apple Could Make QR Codes Work with a Simple Tweak

QR Codes, the 2D codes you see increasingly on products, ads, and billboards these days, are laughed at. Who uses them? Apple could change this quite easily.Show full article

Prep for Mountain Lion with New Take Control Ebook

It’s nearly time for another upgrade to Mac OS X, and to help you prepare for a trouble-free experience, we’re pleased to bring you Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion,” the latest version of a book he has written for every big cat since Panther. It’s available now with a $5-off introductory price, and will receive a free update with all the details once Apple lifts our non-disclosure agreement. You can also pre-order Matt Neuburg’s “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion,” again with a $5-off introductory price.Show full article

Trello Offers Compelling Collaboration Tool

We’ve started using the online collaboration tool Trello for TidBITS, Take Control, and various personal activities. It’s more interesting than other task management tools we’ve tried because it doesn’t force us into specific ways of thinking or working, but lets us configure our own approaches.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 July 2012

Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 5.3.1, SpamSieve 2.9.2, Hazel 3.0.9, and ClamXav 2.3.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 9 July 2012

Apple’s App Store weathered a few storms last week, with what might have been a Trojan horse sneaking through the approval process and a problem that caused all new and updated apps downloaded for a few days to be corrupted. Our linked articles have the details, along with a pointer to Mozilla’s announcement of Thunderbird going into maintenance mode and Glenn Fleishman outlining his working methods at Macdrifter.Show full article

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