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Time Machine isn't cleared for landing at the AirPort. (OK, that pun was bad.) If you've upgraded to Leopard, you may have been disappointed to discover that Time Machine can't back up to a hard drive attached to your AirPort Extreme Base Station, even though Apple had touted that feature during its Leopard previews at the last couple of WWDCs. AppleInsider reports today that an Apple...um, insider has said that the company considers this a bug and has engineering teams working on a solution. But when we asked Apple the same thing during our Leopard demo in Cupertino, they told us, "We didn't include this feature." Hmmm. We hope this signals a change of heart for Apple.
In other Leopard headlines: The OS has been cracked for use on x86 PCs. Apple Matters calls it "reminiscent of Vista." But there's a lot inside for developers. If you're a customization fan, here's how to make your Dock look like the sky, or make your icons walk the plank. And yesterday we posted a growing Leopard compatibility list, but today we've also found the flip side, a handy Leopard incompatibility list.
More software news. .Mac subscribers are irked that the Sync service is still under maintenance that started October 19. Here's a good explanation of why Mac OS X will never be as vulnerable to malware as Windows. And if you don't own Office 2004 and you're tired of waiting for Office 2008, you could go buy Office 2004 now and then get Office 2008 for just the cost of shipping when it finally ships. Interestingly, both licenses remain valid, so you could put Office 2004 on one Mac and Office 2008 on another.
Seagate pays up. Seagate has settled a lawsuit about the storage capacity of its drives being less than advertised. The company will offer rebates to anyone who bought a Seagate drive between March 2001 and December 2006. Make sure to check the drives inside your external enclosures, too.
Reaction to Time's iPhone love: As we mentioned yesterday, Time named the iPhone the Invention of the Year. But some are rolling their eyes. iPhone Matters explains why Time should be embarrassed by this choice considering some of the true inventions that came out this year, and a ZDNet blogger stresses that the iPhone is a product, "NOT an 'invention,'" and so far the reader poll agrees. What do you think? Hit up the comments.