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Open URLs Quickly from BBEdit

If you're working on a bit of text (HTML or otherwise) in BBEdit, and you see a URL that you'd like to open, the fastest way is to Command-click it. Most BBEdit users probably already know this tip, but if you don't, it's a huge time-saver. (The same trick works in BBEdit's free little brother, TextWrangler.)

 
 

About Those 56 Kbps Modems

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About Those 56 Kbps Modems -- If you're thinking about blazing through the Internet with a 56 Kbps modem, you might want to check out NetBITS-008, which features an article looking at how 56K modems work and why the competing K56Flex and X2 standards may be burning users. The issue also talks about image compression methods, laments the passing of Gopher and WAIS, and catches a wave with the originator of the phrase "surfing the Internet." Also, if you have questions about Web graphics, you may find answers in NetBITS-007, where Glenn Fleishman explains GIF, JPEG, PNG, and more. That issue also talks about email bounces and debunks the current misinformation being spread about America Online. If you find these NetBITS articles useful, you can receive NetBITS in email each week automatically by sending email to <netbits-on@netbits.net>. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
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