Ah, to return home after an extended tour of Boston and the Northeast, complete with an ongoing bout of the Martian Death Flu. There's nothing like returning to hundreds of messages that I didn't read while on the road (mostly mailing lists, luckily) and to a foot of snail mail. In the confusion, I managed to accidentally send two personal messages (and a quick apology) to all 9,600+ people on the TidBITS mailing list, resulting in a number of messages from people who were relieved to see that even we so-called net experts can screw up royally from time to time, proving that we're only human. Or perhaps we're actually sophisticated artificial intelligences? [ACE]
Shorten URLs in TextExpander
If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation
/tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.