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Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word

In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.

I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.

When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.

 
 

LaCie Customer Credit Card Information Exposed

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Hardware maker LaCie, best known for its Mac-centric hard drives and accessories, has acknowledged that a security breach in its online store exposed customer credit card numbers and contact information for much of the past year. Seagate, which now owns LaCie, denied any problems until 14 April 2014, when it confirmed to security journalist Brian Krebs that an attacker had gained access to “name, address, email address, payment card number and card expiration date for transactions made between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014.” If you ordered from LaCie during that time, watch for spurious charges on your credit card bill.favicon follow link

 

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Colin Bay  2014-04-16 16:23
LaCie doesn't wear pants? It's "breach." :)
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-04-16 16:33
Well, they were certainly caught with their pants down. :-)
Seagate are still in there, denying buttocks (in the archaic sense of the word breech). "denied any breech until 14 April" ~= s/breech/breach/g
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-04-17 07:07
Fixed, thanks. All sorts of context-appropriate punishments suggest themselves, but we'll stick with our standard wet noodle flogging.