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Brevity is wit, sometimes

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The general consensus out there is that Snow Leopard is a great update to the Apple operating system, trimming the fat (goodbye PowerPC, hello Intel), tweaking system performance to speed things up, bringing Expose to the Dock, enhancing 64-bit support and so on. It's a series of incremental improvements and probably worth the $39.

However, early adopters are having some problems using software after purchasing the upgrade. For example, if you spent a few thousand dollars to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 4, or spent hundreds to buy Aperture or Keynote (both Apple programs), you are probably kind of pissed right now. And some vendors have announced that they have no plans to support Snow Leopard in the near future.

A complete list of software that won't work with Snow Leopard is being maintained at www.gizmodo.com. Check before you upgrade.

Getting Steam'ed

Video game bundling is the latest craze for manufacturers, thanks to Valve making a leap of faith and releasing Orange Box in 2006. You can now buy 2K Games hits Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Bioshock - two of the top-reviewed games in recent years - for one low price of $40. In the fall, Capcom is releasing a Platinum Hits triple pack of Dead Rising , Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Devil May Cry 4 in a single box for $40.

But if you're a PC gamer, nobody can touch the deals that Steam (www.steam.com), the hugely popular game download site, is offering.

According to Joystiq (www.joystiq.com), Steam is offering a suite of 12 games for just $75, including top games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl , Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War .

This is getting good. Whether the economy is to blame/thank, or companies have finally woken up to the concept that people don't care whether a game is new as long as it's fun to play, who knows? And if we're getting two games or more for less than the price of one, who really cares?

Google Books is great

There are a lot of free resources on the Internet, but the truly great ones are the most comprehensive - one stop shopping for everything in the world you could possibly ever need. Google Books (http://books.google.com) is like that, a free repository containing millions of books for downloading to portable devices. Full books are available where the copyright has expired or where an agreement exists with the author, and other books are available for preview.