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Disinfect Your Keyboard

Keyboards, particularly those shared by multiple people, harbor huge quantities of bacteria. If you want to reduce the chances of picking up your co-worker's cold, you can disinfect your keyboard with disinfecting wipes. To avoid damage to the keyboard, be sure to:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don't let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don't scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

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Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12

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Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which updates Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_39 in order to secure systems from vulnerabilities reported in Java 1.6.0_37. If you haven’t installed the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9 or any of the subsequent releases, the update configures Web browsers to not automatically run Java and deactivates it after no app activity for an extended time. This update requires Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8. It’s available via Software Update and direct download, and Apple reminds you to quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing either one. (Free, 72.7 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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Comments about Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12
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Sara French  2013-02-04 15:31
I disabled Java in all of my browsers a couple of weeks ago. Am I better off sticking with that arrangement? Or should I go ahead and download this update? Thanks for your help.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-04 15:51
As long as Java is disabled in your browsers, it's probably not super important, though the safest route would be to let Software Update in Snow Leopard install the update if it wants to, and then make sure Java is disabled again.
Sara French  2013-02-04 19:41
Thanks very much, Adam.
DJ Parent  2013-02-05 17:58
My Calendar Events all disappeared after I installed update 12.