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TidBITS#844/28-Aug-06

After nearly 600 issues, Technical Editor Geoff Duncan is ceasing day-to-day work with TidBITS. In a farewell article, he looks back on his years with TidBITS and how computer technology has evolved while still failing to make the need for support and explanation obsolete. Also in this issue, we look at Apple’s busy week recalling 1.8 million iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 batteries, paying $100 million to settle a lawsuit with Creative Technologies, and issuing a careful denial of a MacBook Wi-Fi security exploit. Plus, Adam notes Google’s displeasure at being verbed, as well as the release of our latest ebook, “Take Control of Booking a Cheap Airline Ticket,” and a new program to make Take Control titles extremely affordable for classroom use.

Adam Engst No comments

DealBITS Drawing: Business Card Composer

Creating a good business card is an interesting task, since you simply must include certain pieces of information, and you have an extremely limited space in which to do so, all while trying to make your business card stand out from the pack

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Apple Recalling 1.8 Million Laptop Batteries

Apple last week announced a voluntary recall of 1.8 million iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 batteries due to potential overheating issues. The affected lithium-ion batteries were manufactured by Sony and are related to the batteries recently recalled by Dell (see "Dell Recalls 4.1 Million Batteries," 21-Aug-06)

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Apple Issues Careful Wi-Fi Exploit Denial

Apple public relations director Lynn Fox says that the Wi-Fi exploit demonstrated by David Maynor and Jon Ellch two weeks ago in a video shown at the Black Hat 2006 conference does not represent a flaw in Apple's software or device firmware (see "Wireless Driver Hack Could Target Macs and Windows", 07-Aug-06)

Adam Engst No comments

Google Unhappy at Being Verbed

A few months ago, I wrote about how editors of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary were adding "Google" to their dictionaries as a verb (see "Google Becomes a Verb", 10-Jul-06)

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The More Things Change…

Way back in 1994, Adam and Tonya graciously welcomed me to the TidBITS community by bringing me on board as TidBITS's managing editor. Now after more than 5,000 articles, almost 600 issues, and nearly twelve years, it's time to bid a fond farewell: this piece marks my final appearance in TidBITS as a regular staff member. I realize many readers have only a fuzzy idea of my roles at TidBITS over the years - or no idea at all

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Take Control News/28-Aug-06

New Ebook Helps You Book a Cheap Airline Ticket -- Our latest ebook - Sam Sellers's "Take Control of Booking a Cheap Airline Ticket" - is somewhat unusual, but we think it solves an important problem for anyone who needs to book a plane ticket but doesn't want to pay too much or waste time on futile Web searches