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When you go on vacation, don’t you wish you could leave your laptop at home? Oliver Habicht reviews the compact Photo Safe II, which stores photos and videos from your camera without a portable computer. Elsewhere in this issue, Rich Mogull looks at what has changed in Apple’s recent important security updates, Adam highlights a problem in the Finder that could lead to data loss and notes free POP3 Hotmail access in the United States, Glenn informs us about the new Web-based collaborative text editor EtherPad, and Joe Kissell examines the long-delayed capability to share files from one’s MobileMe iDisk. By the way, what were you doing on Friday the 13th? Adam has declared every Friday the 13th (another one is coming up in March) as International Verify Your Backups Day. We also note the release of Ted Landau’s “Take Control of Your iPhone, Second Edition” and a pair of new Macworld Superguides. This week’s TidBITS Watchlist includes Simon 2.5, PasswordWallet 4.4.4, VMware Fusion 2.0.2, Chax 2.2, and Nisus Writer Express 3.2.

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EtherPad Brings Simultaneous Writing to the Web

With EtherPad, the Mac's SubEthaEdit finally gains some company in the realm of collaborative writing, in which two or more people can edit a document and see all the edits in real time. EtherPad's difference: It's a Web application that supports many platforms without the need for a central Mac OS X host.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 16-Feb-09

People are talking about Dropbox this week, with the file-sharing service appearing in four separate discussions. Readers are also curious about buying ebooks on the iPhone, losing data from a bug in the Mac OS X Dock, Google Sync for the iPhone, Twitter messages from a dormant spacecraft, activating mouse clicks via AppleScript, keeping multiple bootable versions of Mac OS X at hand, editing AVCHD video on the Mac, and more. But first, Woz is competing on "Dancing with the Stars"?