We are continuing to bring in more inventory for this year-end rush and I want to thank you for making this one of the strongest holiday seasons for Small Dog Electronics. It is truly you, our loyal customers, who make it all worthwhile.
I love to hear from you–both when things go right and even more so if you have suggestions on how we can improve our company! Thank you for reading this issue of Kibbles & Bytes and have a great weekend!
Your Kibbles & Bytes Team,
_Don, Kali & Ed_

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For the seventh year in a row, the iPod is an extremely popular holiday gift. While the redesigned 4G iPod nano is selling very well, the previous generation 3G iPod nano is this year’s randomly popular iPod model. They’re on sale for $10 less than the 4G model, and have most of the same features. I admit, $10 isn’t a huge savings, but some people seem to prefer the previous design and the pastel colors.
Since the 8GB blue iPod nano 3G is particularly popular, we’re putting it on sale for $129.99 (from $139.99) with free shipping and several bundles (including a fitness kit with the Nike+ sensor, Marware pouch and free armband).
“Click here to see the 8GB iPod 3G in blue. There are four specials with that model that you can access on its product page.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/70106

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We have frisbees, hats, mugs, glasses and more. There’s even a brand-new gift-packaged pound of our famous small doggies! With most priced at $10 or less, they’re perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for someone in your life (including yourself!).
Some featured items:
* “1-lb Doggy Bag”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/40437
* “Small Dog Frisbee”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72526
* “Small Dog Pint Glass”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72532
* “Dog Screen Wipe (lemon-scented!)”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72505
“Check them all out here!”:http://www.smalldog.com/category/x/x/x/Gifts_and_Swag|Small_Dog_Swag

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In “Tech Tails #640”:http://burlington.smalldog.com/techtails/techtails_display.php?id=439 last Tuesday, Rebecca wrote an article about how to replace a MacBook LCD without removing the top case. It’s a pretty cool maneuver, and she also did an accompanying ‘how-to’ video that we’ve posted on our YouTube channel.
Take a look!
“Part #1”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD_snbFa9Zg
“Part #2”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLs02jL_Eg
“Read the article in Tech Tails.”:http://burlington.smalldog.com/techtails/techtails_display.php?id=439

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MacUpdate is at it again, offering another awesome bundle of Mac applications for only $49.99. This is $447 of software if purchased separately. Every one of these applications is highly recommended. I personally use Littlesnitch daily and Rapidweaver weekly. That’s $110 of apps right there, which I could have purchased for only $49.99 with this bundle, and also received the other eight applications as gravy.
All applications are download-only. Once you purchase the bundle, you’ll get an URL with serial numbers to unlock them. All apps are available now. The offer expires at midnight on 12/17/08 (5 days left!).
Again, this is a great deal, and would make a nice present for both new and seasoned Mac users. Purchasing through the link at the bottom of this post will help support our blog and newsletters (at no extra cost to you–and we truly appreciate the support.)
The apps are:
*”Drive Genius 2 ($99)”:http://www.prosofteng.com/products/drive_genius.php:* Currently the highest-rated disk utility on the market and used by Mac Geniuses at Apple Stores, Drive Genius diagnoses and repairs problems with your hard drive, optimizes your system, and much more.
Buyers will receive a link to download a bootable DVD image of the software to burn, which can be used to boot and fix any Mac that can run Mac OS X 10.5, including Apple’s newest laptops.
__Notable Mentions:__ MacLife Editor’s Choice pick (July 2008), 2008 MacUser Labs winner against competing disk utilities, Macworld UK Editor’s Choice (5/5 rating), “Excellent” rating from ATPM.
*”DefaultFolder X 4 ($34.95)”:http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html:* Fly through Open & Save dialog boxes at lightning speed.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4.5/5 rating from Macworld, 5/5 rating from MacUser UK, and numerous other awards.
*”VirusBarrier X 10.5 ($69.95)”:http://www.intego.com/virusbarrier/:* Fast, simple, and non-intrusive anti-virus software for your Mac and iPhone.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4.5/5 rating from Macworld in July 2008, which called it “the gold standard.”
*”RapidWeaver 4 ($79)”:http://www.realmacsoftware.com:* Create powerful, professional-looking Web sites quickly and easily.
__Notable Mentions:__ 2008 Macworld Editor’s Choice pick (5/5 rating), 4.5/5 rating from MacFormat magazine.
*”MacGourmet Deluxe ($44.95)”:http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=130:* Like iTunes for food, track recipes, plan meals, manage wines, and more.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4/5 rating by MacLife magazine
*”LittleSnitch 2 ($29.95)”:http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html:* Monitors your network connection to make sure your Mac only sends out what you want it to.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4.5/5 rating by Macworld, 5/5 rating by MacUser UK.
*”KeyCue 4 ($27)”:http://www.ergonis.com/products/keycue/:* Displays full keyboard shortcuts for all your applications; learn them and work faster.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4.5/5 rating by Macworld, 5/5 rating by MacNotes
*”MacPilot 3 ($19.95)”:http://www.koingosw.com/products/macpilot.php:* Access hundreds of hidden features to customize and improve your Mac OS X experience.
__Notable Mentions:__ 5/5 rating by MacCompanion magazine, 4/5 rating by Macworld UK.
*”WhatSize 4 ($12.99)”:http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/index.php:* Effortlessly identify files that are hogging disk space and that you don’t need anymore.
__Notable Mentions:__ 4/5 rating by Macworld, prominently mentioned in the latest issue of MacFormat magazine.
*”iVolume 3 ($29.95)”:http://www.mani.de/ivolume/index.html:* Ensures all your iTunes tracks play back at the same level, so you never have to adjust the volume individually.
Click here to order:
http://www.mupromo.com/?ref= 5970

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There are so many great ideas for gifts here at Small Dog Electronics. Each year I select the top ten suggestions, so here are this year’s choices:
1) *iPod touch*
For the second year in a row, the iPod touch takes top honors. Apple is proclaiming the touch as the “funnest” iPod ever, and I have to agree. With the spectacular success of the iTunes App Store, this palm-top computer is a web browser, email device, gaming platform, personal video machine and oh yeah, an awesome iPod, too!
“See all models here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/category/x/x/x/Apple|iPod_touch
2) *Unibody MacBooks!*
After years of plastics in white and other colors, the new MacBooks have grown up with an incredible new look––the innovative unibody aluminum body and glass LED screen, plus, they are the “greenest” laptop ever produced by Apple. The new MacBooks feature a much faster NVIDIA graphics chip and the new multi-gesture glass trackpad. These are awesome innovations and reasons to buy, but the attention to making the MacBook environmentally friendly with the elimination of many harmful toxins, the use of arsenic-free glass, a mercury-free LED display and better energy efficiency make the whole product much more desirable (and much more recyclable!). And did I say it looks awesome?
“See them here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/category/x/x/x/Apple|MacBook
3) *The Chill Pill*
The response has been tremendous to the introduction of the Chill Pill portable speakers! It is a great compact speaker that you can toss into your bag and use with any iPod, computer or device with a mini-headphone jack. Check out details at “www.chillpillaudio.com”:http://www.chillpillaudio.com or a recent review “here.”:http://icrontic.com/articles/chill-pill-speakers-small-size-big-sound Plus, register for the Wired Magazine giveaway basket (which includes the Chill Pill) “here.”:http://www.wired.com/special_multimedia/2008/wishlist
“View the Chill Pill mobile speakers.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/71679
4) *AppleCare for Anything*
This is a great gift of security and support for any Mac or iPod user. AppleCare extends the one year warranty on Macs to three years and extends the 90-days for free technical support from Apple to 3 years as well. AppleCare for the iPod adds another year (2 total) to your iPod warranty and support, too! In this time of questionable investments, AppleCare is an investment in security that will save you money and give you piece of mind.
“View AppleCare here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/applecare
5) *Purple iPod nano*
Forget the other colors; this is a real purple and an incredible gift. The new nanos are the most versatile and coolest iPods, and purple just makes it right. There are a couple of new features that are fun with these new iPod nanos: the first is the “shake” feature. Don’t like the song you are listening to? Just shake the iPod nano and it will shuffle to another song from your library. The other feature that I use all the time now is the Genius feature which will select songs that go with the one you like and make a Genius playlist for you. It truly is like having your own DJ! Oh, okay the other colors work just fine, too.
“See the 8GB here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72070
“See the 16GB here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72078
6) *Targus File Share Cable*
This USB cable has firmware built-in that allows you to easily transfer files between Macs or even between Macs and PCs. Simply plug the cable into the USB ports and the icon for the connected machine will appear on your desktop. Simply drag and drop files to transfer information!
“Check it out!”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72404
7) *Noah Company Dynavox AccoustaBar Home Theater Speakers*
We get a lot of speaker systems sent to us for samples but the Dynavox is head and shoulders above most that we have evaluated. The long AcoustaBar comes with iPod dock and remote and is complete with integrated subwoofer. This would make a great gift for your home theater. Connect your new LCD flat screen TV, Blu-Ray DVD or other audio-video gear to this table-top or wall-mount unit and sit back and enjoy some of the best sounding speakers we have seen! The Dynavox comes in two sizes 340 Watt for $229.99 and the bigger 520 Watt for $279.99.
“See the 340W speakers here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72693
“See the 520W speakers here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72694
8) *Aperture 2.0*
Do you have a photographer on your list that has outgrown iPhoto? Aperture is the perfect gift! Aperture 2, Apple’s groundbreaking photo editing and management software, delivers more than 100 new features that make it dramatically faster and easier to use and even more powerful. Featuring a streamlined user interface, Aperture 2 provides accelerated performance with its optimized database and
new Quick Preview mode for rapid-fire browsing.
“See it here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/70850
9) *LaCie Neil Poulton Hard Drives*
You have all upgraded to Leopard already, right? Have you taken full advantage of Time Machine? Automate your backups and eliminate the fear of accidentally deleting that favorite photo or song. These new drives from LaCie feature a sleek design, big storage capacity and reasonable pricing starting at only $99.99 for 500GB and up to $179.99 for a full terabyte of storage!
“View all LaCie Neil Poulton drives.”:http://www.smalldog.com/search/?find=neil+poulton
10) *Small Dog CAR Tune iPod Charger and FM Transmitter*
Updated in black, and it will charge all (docking) iPods! This is a great solution to use your iPod in your car. The CAR Tune plugs into your DC (cigarette) outlet in your car and includes a cable with a dock connector that attaches to your iPod. You simply tune to one of the 14 pre-set FM channels and the music from your iPod plays through your car stereo while it is being charged, too!
“Check it out here.”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/72163

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Arguably, I spend most of my days typing on the computer for one reason or another (emailing, searching, writing, etc…), so I always like to find shortcuts to make the process more efficient. Here are the top text tips (say that ten times fast) for selecting text that I’ve found help me the most:
* Use Command+ or Command- to change the size of the text*
Much faster than opening the font panel! __Note that this actually changes the point size of the text instead of zooming, so the document will print this way.__
* Drag cursor across to select a range of text*
The most common method to select text–great for multiple lines.
* Use the Shift key to select text.*
A faster option to select multiple lines of text. Just hold down Shift where you want to begin, and then click the mouse button at the end of your selection. The whole middle area should be selected.
* Double click on any word to select the entire word*
Really useful, especially for shorter words that are a pain to drag and select. I use it all the time in URLs! (to select “www” or “com/org” etc.)
* Triple click to select a whole line*
This will select an entire line or paragraph; also helpful when selecting urls.
* Hold Alt while dragging the cursor to select a box of text*
Really useful when working with tables (of the text variety, not the wooden kind). It will turn the regular cursor into a crosshair (ooh, snazzy).
* Use Command-A to select all*
When you just want to grab everything.
Bonus:
* Use Shift-Command-C to copy text __and__ style*
The perfect companion to Ed’s “Mac Treat #67.”:http://blog.smalldog.com/article/1487/mac-treat-67-match-font-styles-in-copy-and-paste/
__*@Don: touche… I’m from Maryland! :)__

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_Dear Friends,_
I need to stop listening to skiers’ interpretations of the weather report. The predicted snowfall accumulation fudge factor (PSAFF) for a skier is usually 3x or 4x what we really get. For two days there was enthusiastic talk from Artie and the ski crowd of the big Nor’easter heading our way. On Wednesday, Grace was scheduled to get our snowmobile trailer from up where she works near Hyde Park, VT, and I almost called her off because of all the talk about the huge snowstorm. Of course, we got a little dusting and Grace just laughed me off and hauled the trailer.
Yesterday, the BIG storm was supposed to hit and I was scheduled for a number of meetings until late in the evening up in Burlington. I almost canceled, but when I called Grace to confer she called me a “snow wuss” and sure enough, while it was snowing a little bit (as I listened to the Boston Celtics post their 13th win in a row and the best start in that storied franchise’s history on the way home), the snow storm turned out to be mostly a dud. There was about 5 inches this morning when I awoke and rain coming down. One of the other Kibbles authors must have also been listening to skiers this morning…*
I held a couple of “all-hands” meetings here in Waitsfield and at our store in South Burlington. I try to do this at least once a quarter and it is a great time to talk to our team, answer questions and renew our commitment to our triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. It is especially important to keep an eye on how we measure our success as a company in the face of difficult economic times. As Small Dog Electronics grows, it is very important to me that we maintain the essence of what “small” meant to me as I named the company. We are an entrepreneurial company and the risk-taking and high energy that it implies is essential for success. Two of what I call entrepreneurial traps are “Work expands to fill the number of people” and “People build boxes around their jobs.” We discussed the need to constant attention to efficiency and productivity and even more importantly, the benefits of teamwork. We banned the phrase “It’s not my job” from the unique Small Dog lexicon. Customer satisfaction is a result of attention to detail and a top-down commitment to world-class customer service; we pledge to continue to improve and win your loyalty!
We are already booking appointments for Macworld and the Consumer Electronics show coming up just after the first of the year. While there are dire predictions of the impact of the economy on these major annual shows, I think we will see some awesome new products from both shows. It is hard to believe we are in the home stretch of 2008 but as they say, time flies when you are having fun!

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