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Mac OS X 10.4.5 Fixes Nits

Mac OS X 10.4.5 Fixes Nits -- Apple last week released Mac OS X 10.4.5, a bug-fix update that offers oodles of small changes. Most notable are a fix that prevents Safari from crashing when deleting AOL email messages via AOL webmail, proper functioning of Apple's IPsec VPN client with Cisco servers whether or not NAT (Network Address Translation) is used, a fix for synchronizing with an iDisk larger than 4 GB, and a fix that enables some previously problematic Epson printers to be used successfully via an AirPort Extreme base stationShow full article

MacBook Pro Ships at Higher Speeds

MacBook Pro Ships at Higher Speeds -- The MacBook Pro starts shipping last week with faster processors than promised. Apple said pre-orders started moving out 14-Feb-06 and will be available in retail Apple Stores and resellersShow full article

iKey 2.2 Adds Double-Key Hotkeys, USB Device Events

iKey 2.2 Adds Double-Key Hotkeys, USB Device Events -- Script Software has released iKey 2.2, the latest version of their automation utility. Most notable among the new features is one I requested: double-key hotkeys that enable you to invoke a shortcut that chooses the Save As menu item, for instance, when you press Command-S-A (that's pressing Command-S, letting up on the S, and pressing A quickly)Show full article

El Camino Becomes Real

El Camino Becomes Real -- Even though Camino has been in development and available in one form or another for several years, the free, open-source Camino Web browser celebrated its 1.0 birth on Valentine's Day (14-Feb-06)Show full article

iLife '06 Apps See Bug Fix Updates

Apple released updates to five of the six applications that make up the iLife '06 suite last week, providing bug fixes and minor enhancements for iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, and iTunesShow full article

Two Mac Malware Threats Sighted

A malicious file uploaded early this week to the MacRumors Forums site is a Trojan horse designed to fool Mac users into thinking they'll get to see preview pictures of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, the next version of Apple's operating system softwareShow full article

Are Input Managers the Work of the Devil?

The recent flap over the Leap-A malware raises the question of whether Mac OS X is fulfilling its promise as a rock-solid system with a stable, unmodifiable base (see "Two Mac Malware Threats Sighted," elsewhere in this issue)Show full article

Take Control News/20-Feb-06

"Take Control of Digital TV" Update Offers Current Info -- Looking for help with buying a new digital TV? Curious about the many ways to bring HDTV programming into your home? Turn to Clark Humphrey's freshly updated "Take Control of Digital TV" to find concise explanations, a road-map for buying a new TV, a current listing of which programs and stations offer HD content, and much moreShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/20-Feb-06

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Paperless Office Quote -- A search for the origin of a quote on the "paperless office" sparks discussion about whether we'll ever stop working with so many dead treesShow full article

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