Dear Friends,

It’s Kali writing for Don (or 唐/Táng) this week. Our fearless leader is still abroad in China (at least, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it), so Ed and I continue to cover the news over here.

View the newest round of Don’s trip photos on Flickr.

In obligatory weather news, Vermont received an early dusting of snow this week, which prompted both cheers and grumbles in the office. There was no shortage of documentation of the fresh snow Tuesday morning, as Brian took some photos and Ed made a short video on his iPod nano.

And just as quickly as the snow melted in the Valley, we got back to work (that is, until we were distracted by balloon boy…). After all, the busiest time of the year is almost upon us. Before we jump the gun on the holiday season, though, there are some highlights of fall that we don’t want you to miss.

The Apples to iPods Event, the annual contest sponsored in partnership with the Vermont Departments of Tourism and Agriculture (and this year, Woodchuck Cider), is still going strong, with several iPods still left to win! If you’re nearby, we encourage you to head out to a Vermont apple orchard for your chance to win (and grab some delicious apples before the season ends). Read details here.

Our Annual Garage Sale is also winding down, but there’s still time to buy before it ends this Sunday at midnight. We have added some new products and lowered prices in the last week, and we’re hoping to clear out as much as we can! See all items here.

Plus, just because we like giving things away as a way of saying “thank you” to our customers, we’re having a Facebook/Twitter/newsletter contest over the next two weeks. Also, remember that we’re giving away a t-shirt to two people a week who write reviews of a purchase until the end of the month. See below for details!

Of course our annual Halloween Costume Contest is coming up at the end of the month—we’ll be dressing up Friday, October 30, since Halloween is on a Saturday this year—where we’ll be holding a contest both for our own best-dressed (as voted by you, our customers) and a lucky voter! Get geared up by checking out costumes of years past here. Prizes and details to come.

Now on to Mac news, tips and specials…

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