We range from the theoretical to the practical this week, with Glenn Fleishman floating a proposal for why some otherwise smart people seem incapable of using computers effectively, before we move on to Michael Cohen’s story of helping a friend upgrade to a new iMac — hint, it wasn’t simple, but probably not for the reasons you’d expect. Also this week, Glenn covers the announcement that OverDrive will start making Kindle-format ebooks available for libraries to lend, Joe Kissell looks at the CrashPlan Mobile iOS app that provides access to your backed-up data on CrashPlan Central, and we publish followup information about personal finance programs that could replace Quicken. Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1.
This new iOS app lets you access backups from any computer that you’ve stored on CrashPlan Central, using your favorite iOS device.
8 of 17 developers responded to our questions about their personal finance packages; we’re linking to their answers here so you can take the information into account when looking for a program to replace Quicken.
Over 11,000 U.S. libraries that work with OverDrive, a firm that facilitates digital book lending, will be able to add Kindle-format borrowing to titles they already offer. This move neither opens Amazon’s Kindle catalog nor expands current offerings, however.
When you use a computer, can you anticipate what its response will be to nearly anything you do? Or does it feel largely random, such that you end up surprised by its reactions to your actions?
It’s really easy to move from an old Mac to a new one if you plan ahead. But you have to know what to plan.
Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1.
Those in California can meet up with TidBITS Senior Editor Jeff Carlson at the Mac Computer Expo next week, and if you can’t make the trip, check out Adam’s recent video presentation to the Portland Macintosh Users Group. We also have news of Sprint dropping unlimited data usage for mobile hotspots, Thunderbolt Display connection options, how to enable AirDrop on any Mac, and a Web-based tool that lets you find Macs by their specs.