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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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Copying Utilities

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People have gotten sick of how long it takes the Finder to copy files, hence the appearance of the shareware SpeedyFinder and several other neat utilities. As I mentioned above, CopyDoubler comes with AutoDoubler 2.0 now, and is also sold separately. Aside from speeding the copying process, CopyDoubler allows you to choose when AutoDoubler-compressed files are expanded and when they aren't, along with other copy-speeding options such as turning off verification and not copying Finder icons. Even snazzier is the commercial CopyRight utility from CSG Technologies, which passes off the copying tasks to a background application so you can continue working in the Finder and even start additional copies, all of which proceed simultaneously. It's way cool and I'm irritated it took me so long to write about it. At Macworld SF look for CopyRight Pro, which allows you to select which files are copied by name, label, etc., and run copies at specified repeating times.

CSG Technologies -- 800/366-4622 -- csg.tech@applelink.apple.com
Fifth Generation -- 800/225-2775 -- 76004.2301@compuserve.com

 

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