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As students in the U.S. head back to school, college freshman Dan Pourhadi takes on a challenge: with $2,000 to spend, what computer gear would he recommend a new student buy for college? In other news, Glenn Fleishman looks at’s new EC2 on-demand computing service, Google CEO Eric Schmidt joins the Apple Board of Directors, and Jeff Carlson offers a free downloadable chapter from his latest book on iMovie HD 6 and iDVD 6.

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DealBITS Drawing: Business Card Composer Winners

Congratulations to Gordon Brown of, Greg Bohlken of, and Drexel Sprecher of, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who received a copy of BeLight Software's Business Card Composer, worth $34.95

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Free Chapter of iMovie/iDVD 6 Visual QuickStart Guide

I'm excited to announce that the entire first chapter of my latest book is now available as a free downloadable PDF file. "iMovie HD 6 & iDVD 6 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide," in addition to having an absurdly long title, is the latest edition of my guide for getting up and running with the latest versions of Apple's digital video tools

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/04-Sep-06 Offers On-Demand Computing -- Glenn's article about's EC2 service brings up questions of Xserve interoperability. 2 messages Geoff Duncan moving on -- Readers comment about last week's article by Geoff Duncan, who now assumes the mantle of TidBITS Editor at Large, and dig into questions of computer advancement