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Laptops have become smaller and more powerful, but still the alternative beckons: Can you travel without one? Rich Mogull, self-described technology addict, ventures out on vacation armed only with his iPhone and lives to tell the tale. Rich also looks at the release of information on iCal security vulnerabilities which, although they pose little risk for Mac users, have yet to be patched by Apple. Also in this issue, Glenn Fleishman ponders options for recovering a stolen Mac following the recent report of a woman using Back to My Mac to apprehend thieves, and Adam notes what’s new in Nisus Writer Pro 1.1 and wonders if replicating Word’s feature set is enough to be competitive. If you’re a GarageBand user, check out our two new ebooks about GarageBand ’08. Finally, in the TidBITS Watchlist, we pass along information on SpamSieve 2.7, TextExpander 2.2, KeyCue 4.2, Airfoil 3.2, and Logic Pro 8.0.2.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/26-May-08

This week's discussions touch on encrypting folders, dealing with unsolicited email on an iPhone, running into problems using Mail on the Mac, videoconferencing using Skype, moving video from a DirecTV DVR to the Mac, replacing a monitor and Mac power supplies, and surviving a trip armed only with an iPhone.