We’re back from our week off with a wide variety of articles, starting with a call to vote in the just-opened 2007 TidBITS Gift Guide Survey. If you’re already shopping, check out the MacSanta and Give Good Food to Your Mac software promotions. Adam continues the theme with a look at PandoraBoy, a new Mac application that makes it easier to listen to holiday music via the Pandora online music service, and Catalog Choice, a Web-based service that helps reduce the seasonal onslaught of unwanted paper catalogs. Focusing on the world of the Macintosh more closely, Rich Mogull explains how to protect yourself from the concerning QuickTime RTSP security vulnerability, and Andy Affleck reviews Ambrosia’s WireTap Studio. Glenn talks about how to get Back to My Mac working through recalcitrant routers, examines Webjimbo 2, and shares a hidden Leopard trick for learning more about nearby Wi-Fi networks. Lastly, we release a preview of “Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard” to cover Time Machine, along with six bonus stories and a neat widget you can use to display TidBITS headlines on your blog or Web site!
Make your voice count in our annual gift guide survey!
AT&T's CEO confirmed that we'll see a 3G iPhone in 2008, something that we were speculating was likely back in October when Broadcom released a 3G chip that would make it possible.
Worried about the new zero-day QuickTime security hole? There's no fix from Apple yet, so read on for tips on how you can protect your Mac.
An option in Leopard - literally - lets you get a quick glimpse of your Wi-Fi network connection's speed, signal strength, and other details. And another hidden bit of interface goodness reveals signal strength and encryption method for other nearby networks.
MacSanta and Give Good Food to Your Mac offer steep holiday discounts on software from independent developers.
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If you like listening to music via the online music service Pandora, but hate the way it lives in your Web browser, check out the free PandoraBoy, which provides an interface directly to Pandora, along with global hotkey controls and Growl notifications.
If you hate receiving unnecessary and overly frequent catalogs as much as Adam does, check out Catalog Choice, a new free service aimed helping reduce the 19 billion catalogs thrown at us each year.
A new version of Webjimbo provides better remote access to the arcana of ours lives stored in Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo, while offering a separate iPhone-tailored interface.
Back to My Mac can work with a little firewall configuration help, and Apple's provided some more detail that we explain how to use. Also, Apple confesses Back to My Mac's security weaknesses - at either end of the connection, not in the middle.
Ambrosia Software's new WireTap Studio ups the ante in the field of easy-to-use audio recording and editing tools. Find out what Andy Affleck, author of "Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac," thinks of the new release and how it stacks up against existing tools.
If you want help with Time Machine, or with a simple backup strategy in Leopard that goes beyond what Time Machine offers, the preview release of our new "Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard" distills just what you need to know.
Bonus stories for this week's email issue include Glenn's report on a real breakfast with Fake Steve Jobs, Adam's rediscovery of Nisus Writer Pro for wrangling styled text into HTML, Matt's foray into iMovie, and updates to our Leopard Compatibility List.
We took a week off from publishing the TidBITS email issue, but that didn't stop the fascinating discussions in TidBITS Talk. See what the community is buzzing about!