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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Larry Leveen

 
 

Apple Discontinues Tape Cartridge

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Apple seems to be doing its spring cleaning a little late, removing from its product lists the various obsolete products that have hung around for a while. The latest "victim" is the tape cartridge for Apple's Tape Backup 40SC (the drive itself was discontinued long ago). The tape cartridge, Apple product number M0132, will be removed from price lists this month. Those users who have stuck by their Tape Backup 40SC drives should still be able to purchase compatible DC600 cartridges made by companies such as Sony and 3M.

While the software that came with the Tape Backup 40SC is not compatible with System 7, Apple recommends that users continue to use the drive with System 6, or purchase the Retrospect backup software published by Dantz. Retrospect works perfectly with Apple's drive, even under System 7, and in fact is much faster at its job than the original Apple software.

Dantz Development -- 510/849-0293 -- 510/849-1708 fax

 

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