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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 Tweaks MacBook Specs and Prices

With little fanfare, Apple has dropped faster CPUs and more RAM into several MacBook Pro with Retina display models, plus reduced the price on the 13-inch MacBook Air.Show full article

Metadot Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Metadot, makers of the clicky Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac!Show full article

VidBITS: Why Do We Still Support Apple?

Watch (or listen) to the latest TidBITS staff roundtable for our thoughts on just why Apple has engendered such loyalty in the past, and continues to do so in today’s very different world.Show full article

Why Plain Text Books Are Here to Stay

TidBITS publisher Adam Engst can’t resist a minor rant about how the writing is not on the wall for plain text books in a world of iPads and multimedia-enhanced books. Read on for why these enhanced books won’t be replacing simple words on the page.Show full article

Squarespace 6 Web Hosting: Ease of Use and Design Outweigh Flaws

Squarespace 6 is a much-hyped Web hosting service that offers beautiful design and a simple interface, but does it live up to its marketing? Josh Centers shares his experiences building his Web site on Squarespace.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 February 2013

Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.1.2, Mailplane 2.5.11, Skype 6.2.73.1117, MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7, Mellel 3.1.3, BBEdit 10.5.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.1, and BusyCal 2.0.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 February 2013

Topics we find interesting this week include two pieces by David Sparks and Lloyd Chambers touching on how Apple’s quality control is slipping, along with Adam’s thoughts on the subject on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast. Then there’s an article by security expert Jeremiah Grossman about recovering a key password, plus Lex Friedman’s Macworld story about fishing for the Starfish smartwatch at Macworld/iWorld and coming up empty.Show full article

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