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MacBreak Weekly 47: Merlin's picks

MacBreak Weekly 47: That's Our Shooby!

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Scott Bourne, and Alex Lindsay

Universal challenges iTunes, iPhone hacks, and our software picks of the week...

Here's a direct MP3 download of MBW 47.

This time we did our usual weekly software picks, but I also got to choose our Audible.com audiobook of the week. Can you guess what it is?

  • Audible.com Audiobook Pick - It's All Too Much - I was glad I got a chance to mention the book that inspired 43f's current series on clutter. Peter Walsh offers a perspective on getting rid of clutter that goes beyond shuffling and organizing "stuff," to breaking down the emotional barriers that make you keep so much crap in the first place. Highly recommended for rethinking the way your current possessions (and the space they inhabit) map to the life you want. Also, if you're not up for joining Audible, the audiobook is also available on iTunes, plus there's always the dead tree edition.
    (Hear Merlin's Audiobook Pick at 00:59:10 of the podcast.)
  • Software pick - Mozy - Mozy (say: MOH-zee) is an online service that securely backs-up your files in the background. It's easier to use than most online and S3-based services and much more robust than Apple's .Mac and Backup.app. Mozy has a "set it and forget it" functionality that might save your butt. You can even schedule backups and throttle bandwidth usage during the day. The Mac-friendly version is in beta, but seems to work fine; free account gives you 2GB of storage while $4.95 gives you "unlimited" space each month.
    (Hear Merlin's Software Pick at 01:11:56 of the podcast.)

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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