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TidBITS#908/17-Dec-07

Have you gotten chummy with a Chumby? (Are you thinking we’ve gone out of our minds?) Kevin van Haaren looks at the plush computing device and explains what you can do with it. Matt Neuburg writes about how Default Folder X 4 is an essential update for your Mac, and how Quay makes Leopard’s stacks usable again. Joe Kissell makes his Windows and Mac partitions talk to one another via NTFS for Mac, and Adam raises concerns about Google’s Knol, which seems to be taking aim at Wikipedia. In security news, Apple released QuickTime 7.3.1 to fix the serious RTSP vulnerability. Lastly, we’ve published new and updated Take Control ebooks about the iPhone, digital TV, running Windows on a Mac, and Mac OS X terminology (all of which are 20% off via the MacSanta promotion on 18-Dec-07). Have a safe and happy holiday – our next issue will be 07-Jan-08!

Adam Engst No comments

TidBITS 2007 Holiday Hiatus

We're taking the last two weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 07-Jan-08. But we'll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.

Matt Neuburg No comments

Quay Sticks It to Stacks

First the Dock lost its silly reflectiveness, then we blocked the menu bar's transparency. Now a new utility, Quay, lets you replace Stacks in the Leopard Dock with folders that have hierarchical menus - just like on, uh, Tiger, Panther, and every iteration of Mac OS X. Except Leopard. Except that Quay's hierarchical menus are cooler.

Joe Kissell No comments

NTFS Options for Mac Expand

A new tool called NTFS for Mac OS X enables you to read and write to NTFS volumes (such as a Boot Camp partition) seamlessly and with better performance than previously available options.

Adam Engst No comments

Google Goes After Wikipedia

An ambitious new project from Google takes aim at Wikipedia, but at least as it has been described so far, it suffers from numerous conceptual problems and makes Google seem more like Microsoft than ever before.