tip of the day

Podcast Like a Pro

1. PODCAST TRACK: Manage an enhanced podcast's artwork and Web links here.2. LOOP LIBRARY: Click the eye icon to load your loops.3. TRACK EDITOR: Flips into Chapter Manager mode when the Podcast Track is present.4. ART-ANNOTATED CHAPTER MARKERS: Spice up your audio podcast.5. MUSICAL TYPING: Play your Mac's keyboard like a piano.6. MEDIA BROWSER: All of your other iLife stuff is right here.7. DUCKING CONTROLS: Twiddle the arrows to set which tracks cause others to duck in volume. 

Sometimes it's wise to conduct negotiations with something more powerful than gentle diplomacy. Quake 4 ($49.99, www.aspyr.com) is finally coming to the Mac. For the uninitiated, Quake 4 chronicles the war between the human race and an evil alien race called the Strogg. It's the sequel to Quake II - in Quakenese, Quake 4 is really Quake 3, because Quake III Arena doesn't really count since it was focused on online multiplayer and didn't continue the Quake storyline. Got it? If not, don't worry about it. When you blast into Quake 4 armed with these tips and shoot everything in your way, the Strogg will have reason to worry.

Back That Mac Up

Backup software that's user-friendly and useful? Must be Apple's.We're relentless about telling you to back up your files and Mac OS X settings - and now that Apple's released Backup 3 (free with .Mac account or free 60-day trial, www.mac.com), you've got no excuse not to. Here's how to back up smartly - just be aware that Backup doesn't make bootable backups.