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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

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Remembering HyperCard

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Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica offers a look back at the wonder and glory that was HyperCard, Apple’s software construction kit for the rest of us. In its time, HyperCard enabled the development of software like Myst, the interactive Whole Earth Catalog, and the Voyager Expanded Books. And of course, TidBITS, which we published as a HyperCard stack for our first 99 weekly issues.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Remembering HyperCard

When I first proposed that the high school where I taught develop a web site, I had to use HyperCard to create a demonstration of what a web site could look like and how it could function...
Brian Thomas  2012-06-01 18:02
"When multimedia was Black & White" is a uniquely immersive remembrance of the early days of Hypercard:

http://www.smackerel.net/black_white.html
phoenix  2012-06-04 18:10
I subscribed to and enjoyed the early HyperCard TidBITS editions. They also rekindled my interest in scripting and coding. I mostly do Perl these days, but still really miss HC. Cheers!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-05 05:54
Yes, I still miss HyperCard too - nothing ever matched its combination of ease of development and ubiquity - you could be sure that every Mac user could use any stack.
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-05 07:45
Just "me-too-ing" Adam's comment. I miss HyperCard, and the wonderful things you could do with it, every day.
Michael  2012-06-05 09:55
HyperCard was always begging for a touch interface... I would love to have it on my iPad. Not a clone - HyperCard.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-05 12:49
Oh yes. Please!