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View Extra Audio Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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MacBook Pro Retina EFI Updates 1.2 and 1.3

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Apple has released two EFI firmware updates that provide targeted fixes for specific models of the recently released lineup of the MacBook Pro with Retina display (see “New Retina MacBook Pro Models Thinner, Lighter, and Cheaper,” 22 October 2013). EFI Update 1.2 is aimed at the high-end version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro model with Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, addressing a rare problem that limits the performance of the Nvidia graphics processor after a system wake or boot. EFI Update 1.3 is directed at 13-inch models to fix an issue where the built-in keyboard and trackpad could become unresponsive. As always with firmware updates, we recommend relying on Software Update to ensure you get the firmware update for your specific model, and be careful not to interrupt the update process. (Free, 5.22/4.64 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
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Comments about MacBook Pro Retina EFI Updates 1.2 and 1.3
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MacBook Pro Retina EFI Updates 1.2 is being offered for 15" versions without the Nvidia card. There are several comments on other forums. I'm not installing it on my Intel Iris Pro model.

After 20 year on win doze, I bought a MBP yesterday and am once again on a MAC. A marvel! Windows 8 and touch screens on laptops drove the decision. Glad to see Tidbits is still around. I found it while searching for this subject.

Cheers, Don