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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/11-Jun-07

Spatial references applied to time -- It's commonplace in everyday conversation to refer to time as if it existed spatially, but have you ever thought about what you're actually saying? (27 messages) Portable scanner recommendations? What products are available (and recommended) for easily scanning journal articles at the library? (6 messages) New iPhone Commercials -- The television ads that first appeared last week feed our technology desires

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I Want My *TV: Comparing Video Acquisition Methods

We're in the middle of a sea change in how we acquire and watch video, whether serialized television shows, must-see sporting events, blockbuster movies, quirky documentaries, or even homemade video clips

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/04-Jun-07

Over-the-air HDTV -- A reader provides recommendations for receiving high-definition television programming using an antenna. (1 message) Scroll Wheel Tips -- Adam's article on scroll wheel uses brings up a question of direction: should scrolling down advance video content (as it does by scrolling text content), or should it rewind the content? (6 messages) Methods of geotagging photos -- Jeff's review of Geophoto brings up a recommendation for HoudahGeo, a similar utility for assigning geographical data to photos

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Copyright Fun and Games

In the fun category, Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University has created a video review of copyright principles. You're probably thinking, "How could anyone make a video about a legal concept even mildly entertaining?" But Faden's truly inspired video works on many levels because it consists entirely of extremely short clips (often no more than one word) from a wide variety of animated Disney movies

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/28-May-07

Backwards from DVD to iMovie? Is it possible to extract the video from a DVD without requiring an intermediate conversion application? (1 message) Other scrolling utilities -- Mark's article on two-fingered scrolling brings up a suggestion for a utility that works on older Macs

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Call Me ‘Two Finger’ Mark

I've been using a Mac for 20 years, and a mouse for even longer. Clicking is second nature to me. For the last 13 years, I've been using trackpads, on laptops and even as external devices

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-May-07

Powering down without losing state -- Apple's recent environmental announcements bring up the issue of leaving computers running all day and night, and what can be done to conserve energy

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/14-May-07

Skype on MacBook Pro -- A reader encounters poor performance using Skype's Voice-over-IP service, but is the problem in his network connection or audio input source? (11 messages) Timeslips in Parallels -- Are others encountering a problem running the program Timeslips in virtualization? (1 message) ICeCoffEE functionality everywhere -- Recent discussion of old Apple Data Detectors technology leads to an awareness of how it's hard to find a solution as easy as Command-clicking a URL to open it in a Web page

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Steve Jobs Addresses Greenpeace at Shareholder Meeting

At Apple's annual shareholder meeting on 10-May-07, the company's environmental efforts played a large role, though one that was undoubtedly reduced in contentiousness by Steve Jobs's open letter, "A Greener Apple," which I analyzed in "Steve Jobs Talks Green" (2007-05-07)

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Steve Jobs Talks Green

Steve Jobs has done it again, posting an open letter on the Apple Web site. The previous "Thoughts on Music" letter generated much discussion and coverage of Apple (see "Steve Jobs Blasts DRM," 2007-02-12), and foreshadowed the Apple/EMI deal to drop DRM that followed shortly afterwards (which we covered in "Apple and EMI Offer DRM-Free Music via iTunes," 2007-04-02)

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-May-07

Improving Services -- Want to de-clutter your Services menu? Service Scrubber will do the job for you. Have other ideas for how Services could be improved? Post them here

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/30-Apr-07

Everybody Sync now -- Michael E. Cohen's article about SyncTogether brings up a question: is it possible to sync two computers completely (or one user account on multiple computers)? (3 messages) Problems after Security Update 2007-004 -- A reader runs into AirPort connection problems after running the latest security update, and others are there to help

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InterviewBITS: Family Tech Support

Robert Movin's recent article "Switching My Mother to the Mac" (2007-04-02) generated a number of nice comments from people who had engineered similar switches for family members

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/23-Apr-07

iRemote -- An Apple patent filing indicates that the iPhone (or other mobile phone) can be used to control software such as iTunes. Hmmm... (1 message) Apple Store Traffic -- If you're still undecided about Apple's retail store experiment, go hang out at an Apple Store for a while; boxes seem to exit at a brisk clip, according to readers

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The Mystery of the Leopard Ship Date: Solved

[The scene fades in on a dark street. A man is slumped against a streetlight, its yellow glow illuminating his rumpled suit and battered fedora. He straightens, and as he walks off down the sidewalk, subtly taking in his surroundings, he speaks in a low, rough voice, hardened with frustration.] Thursday night, and I had failed