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Enter Dashboard, Expose, or Spaces Temporarily

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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Safari 5.1.5

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Addressing a problem with accessing some Web sites in 32-bit mode, Apple has released Safari 5.1.5 for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard. According to Topher Kessler at CNET, “a significant number of Web sites would not run properly” when using Safari 5.1.4 in 32-bit mode. And based on many threads in the Apple Support Communities, it seems to have affected access to banking Web sites in particular. The update also fixes an issue that affected the stability of Software Update in Mac OS X Server 10.6.8. (Free via Software Update, 44.69 MB Lion/47.51 MB Snow Leopard)

 

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