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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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Frank Rich on Moral Values

The November 3 election results news made it clear that the presidential election was won by fundamentalist Christians who were more concerned about moral values (i.e., the decay of American society and especially the ‘threat’ of homosexuality). However, Frank Rich in his New York Times column (free subscription required) points out that the quickly-spun theory ...

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Two Great Movies

Movies are so hit-and-miss lately that I wanted to share two excellent movies I’ve seen back to back. I caught a sneak preview of Sideways, which is easily one of the best films of the year. It has a well-rounded mix of humor and depression (since Paul Giamatti‘s Miles is truly a depressing character in ...

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Sensible Advice

DailyKos has some great forward-looking advice: Don’t Mourn, Organize. Today’s going to be a crap day, no doubt, but we’ve got to look ahead. Josh Marshall also says some great things. My biggest question: how do you make people see what they refuse to see? So many things should have tipped this election away from ...

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Is This America?

I overslept and woke up to learn that Kerry’s conceding. My response: Fuck all. I don’t recognize my country. I find it hard to believe that Bush won by being “resolute” (apologize for nothing, deflect everything, mislead always) and by playing the gay card (homosexuals are on the march!). I mean, shit: is our country ...

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Lots of Voter Fraud

DailyKos has a nice summary of the voter fraud that’s being perpetrated in the last days of the election. I’m not naive enough to think that Democrats are shiny innocent of trying to rig elections, and I admit that the weblogs I hit daily are Democrat-leaning. So: why are we not hearing about Democrat dirty ...

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Getting Out the Vote

Josh Marshall reprints an email he received from a volunteer in Florida who is helping people get out and vote (Florida’s polls are open for voting). It’s heartening no matter who you support, honestly. Only about half the people in the United States votes at all; hopefully this year the numbers will be much, much ...

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