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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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It’s annoying when our servers go down for whatever reason, but when they do, I like to find out about it before readers start writing to tell me. In fact, I’d like to know right away, so I can dive into fixing the problem before many people are turned away. For many years now, I’ve used Simon, from Dejal Systems, to watch my servers and notify me in various different ways, including spoken alerts on my Mac, email messages, and Twitter direct messages. But Simon can also take the generalized concept of watching a server and pare it down to watching a specific Web page for changes, and, even more specifically, watching a particular portion of the page for changes. That’s key, since a lot of pages have dynamic elements that change constantly while the page’s main content remains relatively static.

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