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Beware of WMD’s
Websites of Massive Distraction
[Suggestion: Don’t go there]

Examples: (you’ve been warned)

          Quinn for Mac
    Your editor is a (recovering) Tetris addict


Gmail now offers users the option to sign in to their AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account so they can chat with their AIM buddies in Gmail. {read more...]


60 Minutes Podcast - The Full Broadcast

 Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes - on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. It's posted at 11pm EST on Sunday, the same night it airs on television. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with 82 Emmys under its belt. It won 4 Emmys this year for Ed Bradley's story on the Duke University rape case, Lesley Stahl's piece on ousted Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn, Scott Pelley's reports on the genocide in Darfur and Mike Wallace's interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


How well is your Mac Sleeping?

information about sleep and hibernation The state of a computer is stored into its main memory, which is also called RAM. When a
computer is powered off, the contents of this memory are irremediably wiped out. Hiberna-
tion works in the following way: before being powered off, the computer saves all the con-
tents of the memory to a file on the hard disk drive. On wake up, data stored in this file is
read out and restored to the memory. Therefore, the RAM contents are the same before
and after the hibernation process, and the state of the computer is also the same. The
saved file is named sleepimage, and is located in the /private/var/vm directory. Hi-
bernation is sometimes also called “software suspend” or “suspend to disk”.
The default suspension feature of Mac OS X, called sleep works in a different way. When
entering sleep, every subsystem of the computer is shut down, except the main memory
which is still powered. This process preserves the contents of the memory, and allows the
computer to wake up quickly. However, a sleeping computer still consumes a small
amount of power.
Sleep is sometimes also called “hardware suspend” or “suspend to RAM”.
Apple introduced the safe sleep feature in Mac OS X 10.4.3 for the Powerbook HD line of
laptops. This feature is a variation of the default suspension behavior. The main memory is
still powered during the sleep, but the contents of the memory are also saved to the disk at
the beginning of the operation. The saved file will only be used if the laptop runs out of bat-
tery power while sleeping, in order to restore the original state of the computer.
This safe sleep feature is what makes hibernation possible in Mac OS X 10.4.3 and above.

    From the documentation for the (free) Deep Sleep Widget