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If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Patent Shock

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The US Patent Office just got around to awarding a patent to Gilbert Hyatt that he applied for in late 1970. This would not have been a big deal if he had invented a better mousetrap, but instead he claims to have invented the first microprocessor. In a less litigious society that wouldn't mean much, but if Hyatt's patent does indeed apply to all microprocessors ever shipped, (hundreds of millions, all told) he could conceivably sue every chip maker for royalties. Of course, if he asks for more than a minuscule amount, he would be facing some of the highest paid legal counsel in the universe.

There's no telling what Hyatt will do, but it seems that he should accept mention in the next edition of the textbooks and leave well enough alone. The electronics industry has enough trouble without having to fight more legal battle over who managed to get to the patent office first. More later when we hear what happens.

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PC WEEK -- 03-Sep-90, Vol. 7, #35 , pg. 1

 

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