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.
When you go on vacation, don't you wish you could leave your laptop at home? Oliver Habicht reviews the compact Photo Safe II, which stores photos and videos from your camera without a portable computer. Elsewhere in this issue, Rich Mogull looks at what has changed in Apple's recent important security updates, Adam highlights a problem in the Finder that could lead to data loss and notes free POP3 Hotmail access in the United States, Glenn informs us about the new Web-based collaborative text editor EtherPad, and Joe Kissell examines the long-delayed capability to share files from one's MobileMe iDisk. By the way, what were you doing on Friday the 13th? Adam has declared every Friday the 13th (another one is coming up in March) as International Verify Your Backups Day. We also note the release of Ted Landau's "Take Control of Your iPhone, Second Edition" and a pair of new Macworld Superguides. This week's TidBITS Watchlist includes Simon 2.5, PasswordWallet 4.4.4, VMware Fusion 2.0.2, Chax 2.2, and Nisus Writer Express 3.2.
Apple's first security update of 2009 is a major one, with patches for a series of serious vulnerabilities. All Mac users and server admins should apply the update immediately.Show full article
Better late than never, Apple finally comes through with an easy way to share individual files on your MobileMe iDisk with other people.Show full article
What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?Show full article
Although there's no official word from Microsoft yet, Hotmail users in the United States can now access messages via POP3 from a desktop email client or smartphone for free, joining users in already-supported countries.Show full article
Troubleshooting guru Ted Landau is back with a completely updated "Take Control of Your iPhone, Second Edition" to help iPhone users work more effectively, avoid troubles, and fix existing problems.Show full article
Our ebook catalog is growing again, as we add the "Macworld Mac Security Superguide," with all sorts of useful advice for maintaining your security online, and the "Macworld Mobile Mac Superguide," which provides tips for those getting started with mobile computing.Show full article
A recently discovered inconsistency in how different aspects of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard deal with opening files in the Trash, combined with an oversight by Time Machine, could result in data loss for unsuspecting users.Show full article
Looking to take oodles of vacation photos without bringing a computer along for backups, or buying a slew of new memory cards? Oliver Habicht takes a look at Digital Foci's Photo Safe II, a handy tool for just such an occasion.Show full article
With EtherPad, the Mac's SubEthaEdit finally gains some company in the realm of collaborative writing, in which two or more people can edit a document and see all the edits in real time. EtherPad's difference: It's a Web application that supports many platforms without the need for a central Mac OS X host.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Simon 2.5, PasswordWallet 4.4.4, VMware Fusion 2.0.2, Chax 2.2, and Nisus Writer Express 3.2.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article
People are talking about Dropbox this week, with the file-sharing service appearing in four separate discussions. Readers are also curious about buying ebooks on the iPhone, losing data from a bug in the Mac OS X Dock, Google Sync for the iPhone, Twitter messages from a dormant spacecraft, activating mouse clicks via AppleScript, keeping multiple bootable versions of Mac OS X at hand, editing AVCHD video on the Mac, and more. But first, Woz is competing on "Dancing with the Stars"?Show full article