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Shifting the Blame, and Bush Lies Again

Following the flap where a soldier asked Rumsfeld about the lack of armor for troops, I see that the current news is that a reporter planted GI’s question for Rumsfeld. By doing so, the Pentagon and the White House want to make people think it was an attack on a member of the administration, and ...

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Armor Shortage Is Pentagon’s Fault

Found on Atrios: Despite Rumsfeld’s comment that the government is working as hard as it can to provide armor for troops, actual capacity is only 75 percent, and the sole manufacturer of body armor is just waiting for the Pentagon to place an order. The American Street » what price physics?. Armor Holdings Inc., the ...

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iMovie Make-a-Wish Event

I’ll be at the University Village Apple Store in Seattle this Sunday (Dec 12, 5:30 pm) as part of a Make-a-Wish Foundation event. The girl receiving the wish, Wendy, will be presented with a 15-inch PowerBook G4 (loaded with iLife ’04) so she can shoot and edit movies of her friends. I’ll be giving an ...

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iMovie 4/iDVD 4 VQS Correction

Alert reader Michael pointed out a typo in iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide: Page 100, Figure 9.7 should read “Use the Save Frame As command…” (not Safe). True, it’s not a life-threatening error, but why give the typo the satisfaction of mucking up the book? Thanks Michael! If ...

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Rumsfeld Should Go

If there’s any doubt that the Bush administration values loyalty over competence, look to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. No post-invasion plan for Iraq, Abu Graib, and now a complete lack of regard for the troops he’s sending to a war zone. One soldier, identified by The Associated Press as Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the ...

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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups

This isn’t an iMovie-specific post, but it does concern you if you’re running Mac OS X. I’m thrilled to announce that Joe Kissell’s latest ebook Take Control of Mac OS X Backups has just been released! I was the editor for this title, my first in the Take Control series. I’m particularly fond of this ...

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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups

I’m thrilled to announce that Joe Kissell’s latest ebook Take Control of Mac OS X Backups has just been released! I was the editor for this title, my first in the Take Control series. I’m particularly fond of this subject, because I’ve been there, done that: a few years ago I suffered a catastrophic hard ...

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By Caffeine Alone…

I saw an amusing signature in a friend’s email tonight that echoes the current week. I’m editing three Take Control ebooks simultaneously, which all need to go out post-haste. So, my self-assigned label of “Late-Nighter” is certainly apt right now. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the ...

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I’m Now a Newspaper Columnist!

Hooray! Saturday marked my first appearance as a regular columnist for The Seattle Times: Regular change of passwords keeps sneaky crackers guessing. My colleague Glenn Fleishman has been the Practical Mac columnist, and when he took some time off to become a new daddy, I filled in for a few weeks. (Notice that the Times’ ...

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The Tech-Support Generation

Newsweek has a great article by Brad Stone about how many people are headed home for Thanksgiving… to fix their parents’ computers: The Tech-Support Generation. I know, you can’t lump everyone into that category, but I suspect it’s true more often than not. And it points to the reality that computers are still difficult to ...

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