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TidBITS#975/20-Apr-09

This week’s issue has an emphasis on security, though in more practical ways than usual. Wondering what the fuss is about the “Mac botnet” stories last week? Rich Mogull explains that it’s nothing new and lays out five tips for how to evaluate Mac security stories. For Microsoft Office users, there’s a security update that’s worth getting, along with the news that Office 2004 will hit its end-of-life date on 13-Oct-09. On the data security side of the fence, Joe Kissell describes the newest online backup service to hit the Mac, Backblaze. We also just released the latest version of “Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security,” co-authored by Glenn Fleishman and Adam Engst. But we’re not above having some fun, so we’re pleased that Julio Ojeda-Zapata joined us to compare three new Twitter clients: the just-released Tweetie and the still-beta Nambu and Lounge. Interesting software releases this week include Airfoil Speakers Touch, which turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless audio receiver, along with Drive Genius 2.1.1, Server Admin Tools 10.5.6v1.1, iMovie 8.0.2, Aperture 2.1.3, and SpamSieve 2.7.4.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 20-Apr-09

This week's discussions revolve around setting up an FTP server, making a local backup of IMAP email, the security of Backblaze, the way iPhoto uses contact information for Faces, taking an iPhone from the United States to New Zealand, digitizing old analog audio tapes, replacing the old Pop Up Folders program, and solving a Mac OS 8.6 AppleScript problem.