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If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Bonus Stories for 15 February 2010

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Our staff and contributors have been overwhelming us with great content of late, prompted in large part by Apple's iPad announcement, but in case you read TidBITS only in email, we wanted to make sure you didn't miss these great articles simply because timely Macworld 2010 news took over this week's issue. These articles will likely appear in the future, but if you want to read them now, just visit our Web site (where you can make comments too!).

Does the iPhone OS Need Multitasking? -- A common complaint about the iPhone OS is that it doesn't allow multitasking. But the situation isn't that simple, since the iPhone OS does have some forms of multitasking, and even the term "multitasking" has many different meanings. Adam explores all the possibilities, and the likelihood of seeing support for them in the future. (Adam C. Engst, 8 February 2010)

Zombie Authors Threaten Fiction Ebook Market, from the Grave! -- Chris Pepper looks at what's happening with books and reading, and ponders the impending impact on living authors, who are at risk of having their livelihoods (if not their brains) eaten by zombies like Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and Jules Verne. (Chris Pepper, 3 February 2010)

(Not) Getting Things Done with Bumptop for Mac -- Frustrated by the way the Desktop doesn't work with Spaces for organizing files and folders used in different projects, Jeff Porten takes the desktop replacement Bumptop for a spin. Alas, its representation of the physical world ends up being more trouble than it's worth. (Jeff Porten, 3 February 2010)

Greenpeace Hitching Itself to Apple's Star? -- Greenpeace recently released its latest consumer electronic company rankings, with Apple topping one list and moving up on another. Greenpeace has previously garnered attention for its cause by slamming Apple; now the organization appears to be soliciting attention by praising Apple. To what degree does Greenpeace depend on Apple, and does that dependence shape its ranking methodology? (Doug McLean, 2 February 2010)

Prepare Your Enterprise for the iPad -- As with the iPhone, the iPad's undeniable consumer appeal means that IT departments shouldn't be surprised when users start bringing them to work. (Rich Mogull, 2 February 2010)

Find Free and Inexpensive Wi-Fi -- Why pay for Wi-Fi? This article is our ongoing guide for finding free Wi-Fi in the United States, with reminders about how to use Wi-Fi services that your broadband provider may already offer you. We also offer tips about paying the least for the best. (Glenn Fleishman, 23 December 2009)


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