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Hold down F9, F10, F11, or F12 (or whatever you've set for the Expose and Spaces keyboard shortcuts) for a few seconds, and then release the key to enter and leave the appropriate mode without having to press the key again. This is particularly useful for Dashboard, in which you can check the contents of a widget and then return to your work with only a single key press.

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ExtraBITS for 19-Oct-09

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A Snow Leopard Photo You Can't Miss -- An amazing photograph of a snow leopard in its natural habitat has won photographer Steve Winter the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for 2008. The stunning photograph was the result of 13 months spent tracking and photographing the cats in the mountains of Central Asia. (Posted 2009-10-19)


Sidekick Reversal: Microsoft Recovers Most User Data -- Good news for T-Mobile Sidekick users: after a week of effort, Microsoft has said that it has recovered most, if not all, seemingly lost user data, including contacts, photos, and other material, and is starting a restore process. Microsoft also said it believes the problem affected only a minority of users. (Posted 2009-10-15)


iPhone Distracts Bear from Mauling Hiker -- CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige recounts the story of Kris Rowley, chief information security officer for the State of Vermont, who encountered a young bear while hiking. With nothing else at hand, she threw her iPhone at the bear to distract it, then made her escape. The end result? She recovered the iPhone two days later, but apparently, iPhones are not bear-resistant. (Posted 2009-10-13)

 

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