A Tsunami By Any Other Name? Dyed-in-the-wool Apple fans may remember Apple's code name for the new Power Mac 8500 was Tsunami. Rumors are now circulating about a machine called TidalWave from - you guessed it - Power Computing. Reportedly, TidalWave is a PowerPC 604-based Mac compatible that may be available as early as October of this year, based on the Apple Power Mac 9500. TidalWave reportedly unbundles the PCI slots from the main motherboard, making it possible for the machine to carry PCI slots, NuBus slots, or both. Customers would be able to choose how many of each type of slot they want their units to have, and there may be a less-expensive slot-less version as well. As with existing Power Computing machines, communications and video are added through daughter boards; the CPU chip itself is on a replaceable card, with the possibility of multi-processor machines and/or upgrades in the future. [Pythaeus]
Avoid Simple Typos
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.