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TidBITS#909/07-Jan-08

Happy New Year! Although we took our yearly holiday hiatus, that didn’t stop us from keeping up with the Mac world. In this issue, Rich Mogull questions Intuit’s commitment (or even interest) in the Mac platform following a series of QuickBooks bugs that permanently deleted some users’ data. Adam weighs in on the settlement between Apple and Think Secret, speculating on why Think Secret chose to shut down. He also passes along advice on adjusting dates in iPhoto calendars, captures a rare Googlewackblatt, and shares the TidBITS-related events at the upcoming Macworld Expo in San Francisco. In other news, we note the releases of Security Update 2007-009 1.1, the “MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1,” and a set of MacTech benchmarks that compare the performance of Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. Lastly, Glenn travels back in time to receive groceries via the Web, not with the failed Webvan but with a Seattle startup called Amazon.com.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-Jan-08

There's plenty to talk about following our holiday hiatus. Readers discuss bugs ranging from Microsoft Office to Automator under Leopard, recovering a drive that's been accidentally erased by Disk Utility, and whether Twitter is useful or not. At the same time, people weigh in with suggestions of books for new Mac users and digital voice recorders.