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Avoid Naming Pear Note Files

If you create a lot of documents, coming up with a name for them can sometimes be a hassle. This is especially true now that search is becoming a more prevalent way to find documents. Pear Note provides a way to have the application automatically generate a filename so you can avoid this hassle. To use this:

  1. Open Saving under Pear Note's preferences.
  2. Select a default save location.
  3. Select a default save name template (Pear Note's help documents all the fields that can be automatically filled in).
  4. Check the box stating that Command-S saves without prompting.
  5. If you decide you want to name a particular note later, just use Save As... instead.

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Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1

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Apple has released a firmware update for 2007 aluminum Apple keyboards. The update improves battery performance when using the Apple Wireless Keyboard in conjunction with other Bluetooth devices such as the Magic Mouse or some Bluetooth headsets. It also fixes an issue that occurred with both the regular and wireless keyboard wherein keys could repeat randomly when typing. More information, including installation instructions, is available on Apple's Web site. The update is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 1.52 MB)

 

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Comments about Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1
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Bradley Dichter  2010-01-27 03:19
Some people are reporting things are worse after this update.
It would not recognize my keyboard . . . i7 iMac. Perhaps that is a good thing!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-27 08:50
That's because you have a newer keyboard than the update is aimed at.
can I just quit the update?

if it isn't the correct keyboard or wahtever, will I be alright?

I dread what happened a few years ago with an MacOS updater that killed my OS totally, wiping out my harddrive.
dentaldoc  2010-01-27 06:23
After installing the keyboard firmware update yesterday, the Mac Mini (Intel, latest version) stopped recognizing my wireless aluminum keyboard! I have tried every trick I know.... No luck. I am now typing on a monstrous old wired keyboard.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-27 08:52
Was your keyboard of the correct model? And did Software Update offer the update to you? The thing that comes to mind first is that if you installed the update on a newer keyboard, it could do bad things, but usually Apple updates don't allow that.

I'd definitely call Apple and see what they can do for you, or go to an Apple Store if that's easy.
Thank you my friend.

I am OK. The updater finally stopped and explained "Update did not complete."
and added:

"Please reconnect the keyboard and try again."
Update is glitched,

I have the status bar going forever!
It says do not interrupt, but it isn't kicking into gear either.

Can I stop it and try again? What will happen? Will it kill my OS?

Suggestions Please.
After installing Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1, PB G4 laptop seems to be running continuously at a higher operating temperature with noticeable increase in fan speed/noise. Is this a typical outcome of such an upgrade? I've reset PRAM to no avail.
The problem disappears if I reboot with the wireless keyboard disabled and use the laptop keyboard instead!