Christmas shipping deadlines are fast approaching. At Smalldog.com, you can save $20 when you upgrade your shipping to 2-day or next day air on any order over $200. This offer is good until 12/23. Simply add your selected items to your cart, select either 2-day or next day air and use coupon code merrychristmas09.

Here are this year’s shipping deadlines:

  • Next Day Air: Last day to ship: 12/21; Receive Date: 12/24
  • Two Day Air: Last day to ship: 12/18; Receive date: 12/24
  • 3-Day Select: Last day to ship: 12/17; Receive date: 12/24
  • Ground: (OH, WV, VA, MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY, Northern Maine) Last day to ship: 12/18; Receive Date: 12/24
  • Ground 1 day (VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, Southern Maine) Last day to ship: 12/21, Receive Date: 12/24
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I last wrote about Google Chrome, the web browser from Google, in Tech Tails #626. A beta of the browser had just been released to the Windows community, and finally the Mac community can join in. Chrome was praised back then for its JavaScript performance, but big improvements were made both to Safari and to Firefox in the intervening months.

Chrome is unique in that each tab runs as its own process. If you’ve ever had Safari quit unexpectedly because one of your windows or tabs encountered a situation it couldn’t handle, you’ll appreciate this feature of Chrome. If one tab encounters a situation it doesn’t know how to handle, only that tab will quit. The other open tabs will be unaffected. This leap is is similar to the protected memory in Mac OS X vs. the shared memory of the classic OS. Remember the day when one application crashing meant you had to restart the whole computer?

While developer previews were available some time ago, this is the first public beta of Chrome. It is quite fast, and I haven’t been able to make it crash yet. There are plenty of benchmarking articles out there, but I’m not prepared to declare any browser fastest until Chrome is no longer a beta. With Google’s tendency to keep products in perpetual beta, when or if that happens is uncertain.

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The year is almost over, but there’s still time to save on your tax return while upgrading your business’s technology. For 2009, IRS is allowing small and medium businesses to deduct the full purchase price of equipment (up to $250,000) from their tax return, as long as it’s purchased and installed by 12/31/09.*
The higher deduction limit and provision for making a same-year tax deduction on technology is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These rules are currently set to expire in 2010.
Take advantage of these new tax rules while boosting productivity with up-to-date technology. Buy your business a new Apple computer solution now and lock in substantial savings on your 2009 return!
Small Dog Electronics offers the complete line of powerful new Apple computers, including MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and Xserves. We also offer the full range of business and productivity software for Mac, including Microsoft Office, all Adobe titles, Quickbooks Pro, iWork, and much more. Need Windows? Our expert, Apple-certified technicians can quickly set you up with Windows on a Mac. It’s like having two computers in one.
We’ve run our business exclusively on Macs since 1994. In that time, we’ve also helped thousands of companies successfully switch to Mac, as well as upgrade and maintain their existing Mac inventory. Based on our experience, we can offer honest, direct advice for businesses using Macs or considering the switch to Mac.
Contact us now for a custom quote, to make a purchase, or simply to learn more. We’ll help make sure your purchase is processed in time to qualify for tax savings.
Small Dog Electronics’ Business Services:
* Easy and flexible business leasing solutions: “Learn more by clicking here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/finance
* Consulting: over the phone, remotely via chat, or on the spot, our Apple certified consultants can set you up, saving you time and money. “Learn more by clicking here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/consulting
* Managed services. Maintenance Contracts and Data Backup Plans to make consulting services for your business convenient and affordable. “Learn more by clicking here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/consulting
*Don’t forget, consult with your tax professional regarding eligibility. See Section 179 of the 2009 IRS Tax Code for details on equipment deduction: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=213666,00.html

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We have a lot of fun, inexpensive gifts that are great last-minute finds and stocking stuffers for the person who has everything.
We have Small Dog branded t-shirts in a Euro-style design, Small Dog pint glasses, Retro (see a bonus review below) and Small Dog-themed mousepads, Pure Vermont maple syrup nips, Small Dog Euro Nalgene bottles, Aroma Home lemon-scented screen wipes and more.
“See all of our swag here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/category/x/x/x/Gifts_and_Swag|Small_Dog_Swag They’ll make someone verrrry happy!
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*Reflect Mouse Pad Review*
Hands down, the “Retro Mouse Pad”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/74965 ($4.99) is the best mouse pad I’ve ever used. It’s very thin, so it doesn’t impede my hand’s movement. The reflective surface really does make the mouse cursor move more smoothly, too.
The bottom has the coolest, most ingenious surface. It always sticks really strongly, even if it’s dirty. There is a small crackling noise when you start using it because the pad seems to be made of thin, almost foil-like material, but that goes away once you use it for a couple minutes.
I love the retro design, too!
-Moses “moses@smalldog.com”:mailto:moses@smalldog.com

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Several people have recently inquired about browsing the web without leaving evidence of the sites they’ve visited. Are more people suddenly afraid they’ll be caught peeking at naughty websites? Well, maybe, but the recent surge in anonymous web-browsing has more to do with the fact that people are trying to hide their online holiday shopping history from friends and family who share their computer.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to hide your web browsing history. In Safari, solution is simple: Before you begin browsing, go to the Safari menu and select Private Browsing. When the warning box appears, click OK. Now Safari stores none of the sites you visit, history of downloaded files (though any downloaded files will still be present on your computer), images you look at or movies you watch.
If you suddenly decide you need privacy __after__ you’ve been browsing, there have several options: You can remove individual pages from Safari’s page-view history, erase the entire history or clear all traces of your activity, including any cookies and cache files you may have accumulated.
To review the pages you’ve visited and delete them as desired, go to the History menu and select Show All History. Here you can select pages and clear them with the Delete key. To wipe the entire Safari history, select Clear History from the History menu. For a completely clean slate, go to the Safari menu and select Reset Safari.
Apple reminds us that the Private Browsing option does not prevent Safari from collecting cookies (the preference files automatically generated by many websites). The Reset Safari option clears all cookies. If you want to delete only certain ones, choose Preferences from the Safari menu, click the Security tab, and then click Show Cookies. You can select and delete individual cookies from the list that appears. Careful, though–if you’re a frequent web user, this list can be very, very long.
Firefox has a similar provision for private browsing, which you can read about in depth on a Mozilla support page “by clicking here.”:http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Private+Browsing
Likewise, Google’s Chrome browser has a private browsing called “Incognito.” Read how on this “Google Chrome Help page.”:http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95464

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_Dear Friends,_
It was -2° F on the way into work today. Hammerhead was shivering on the way to the car but I’m resisting the notion of getting him a coat. I did turn on the heated seat for him, though. We are in the home stretch for the holidays with the busiest shopping day of the season coming up this Saturday.
For details about Christmas delivery (including a coupon for faster shipping), see the Featured Special below or “click here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/shipping
We have some late arrivals this week and next that might be of interest. We have found some of the discontinued (EOL) “MacBook Air 1.86GHz models with the 128GB solid state hard drive”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72296 that are at an unprecedented price of only $1349.99. What an awesome gift for the road warrior on your list! We have added some great iPhone accessories from MiLi including a “very nice leather case”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/75095 and “cost-effective back-up battery.”:http://www.smalldog.com/search/?find=MiLi+Power+Crystal+External+Battery
With any luck our first “wave” of custom design Hammerhead 4GB USB Flash Drives will be here early next week. The first nine designs are: Imelda’s head (our logo), TekServe’s Tekgirl, Snowboard, Vermont, Bicycle, Guitar, Firetruck, Taxi and an iPhone. These are top quality drives and we are excited about this addition to the Hammerhead line-up.
Kibbles & Bytes will be taking next week off, so I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas from the entire Small Dog family to your family. We send our warmest wishes for a happy holiday.

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