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This is our last issue of 2008, and we’re going out with a full slate of great Mac content, plus a Bonus Stories article that links to even more useful pieces on our site. On the backup front, Joe Kissell notes the Mac beta of Backblaze and changes to the pro versions of CrashPlan and Mozy, while Adam examines CrashPlan’s new direct-to-disk backup feature. For the holidays, Jeff Carlson enlists the aid of BeLight Software’s Labels & Addresses to send his Christmas cards. We also list out where we’ll be at the upcoming Macworld Expo, and track the releases of firmware updates for the latest Mac laptops, Mac OS X 10.5.6 (now with nearly instant MobileMe syncing!), the Google Earth Web browser plug-in, the Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.5 and 2004 11.5.3 updates, and a simple task manager in Google’s Gmail. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of BBEdit 9.1, SOHO Labels 4.0, DiscLabel 5.4.1, Sandvox 1.5.3, Keyboard Maestro 3.5, and PowerMail 6.0. Your next email issue of TidBITS will arrive on 05-Jan-09, but we’ll be posting to the TidBITS Web site between now and then. See you next year!

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TidBITS 2008 Holiday Hiatus

We're taking the last two weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 05-Jan-09. But we'll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.

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CrashPlan Adds Direct-to-Disk Backups

CrashPlan has endeared itself to us with its capability to perform backups over the Internet to other copies of CrashPlan. But Internet connections are slow, and hard disks are fast, so the latest version of CrashPlan also lets you back up to a directly connected hard disk.

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Bonus Stories for 15-Dec-08

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to articles, so we wanted to let you know about some of the pieces we haven't had room to publish. They include Adam's in-depth look at switching from Now-Up-to-Date to iCal and BusySync, Doug McLean's hunt for applications that can help minimize desktop distractions and his overview of interesting Mac OS X screensavers, Glenn Fleishman's comparison of EtherPad with SubEthaEdit, and Dennis Wurster's discovery of a PayPal label printing workaround, among much else.