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TidBITS#769/07-Mar-05

It’s a potpourri issue this week, with Glenn Fleishman testing the new technologies in Apple’s latest PowerBooks, Jeff Carlson realizing how much he misses Mac OS 9 windowing behavior in Mac OS X, and Adam’s look at LinkBack, a new open source technology for linking data between applications. Anchoring it all is Adam’s analysis of how digital rights management technologies are undermining our societal expectations of how copyright law should be enforced. In the news, we cover Timbuktu Pro 8.0, Rogue Amoeba’s new Airfoil, and the Microsoft Office 2004 11.1.1 update.

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Two-Fingered Blackout PowerBook Dropping

I asked Apple to loan me a new PowerBook so I could test first-hand the hardware features they added in the latest refresh a few weeks ago: the scrolling trackpad, the Sudden Motion Sensor for hard drive protection, and increased backlighting for the keyboard

Adam Engst No comments

LinkBack Brings Back Data Linking

Have you ever pasted a graphic into a word processing document and later wanted to update it? It's a tedious process of opening the original file, making your changes, copying the new graphic, returning to the word processing document, deleting the old graphic, and pasting the new graphic

Jeff Carlson No comments

Mac OS X Window Behavior

When Apple thrust Mac OS X upon us, it was quite a change. I remember one colleague remarked that his head was filled with all sorts of Mac OS 9 troubleshooting arcana, nearly all of which would be rendered moot once Mac OS X gained its footing

Adam Engst No comments

Why DRM Offends the Sensibilities

There are many things in the world that you feel to be true, but you're not exactly sure why. So if you're a thinking person, you're left with this nagging suspicion that you should be better able to come up with a better explanation than "But it's just wrong!" For many people, myself included, digital rights management (DRM) technologies fall into this category

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-Mar-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Shared Database Solutions -- When one reader's organization starts feeling growing pains, what's the best way to consolidate information to avoid having several databases on multiple machines? (9 messages) Delayed password disclosure technique -- A new method of online authentication could help avoid stolen passwords on the Internet