Plug & Play Web Sites in NetBITS -- If you missed the last two NetBITS issues, check them out for a two-part article by Peter Kent on how to add snazzy features like chat rooms, shopping carts, and CGIs to your Web site without a stitch of programming. Other topics in these issues include an overview of instant messaging utilities and phone numbers you can call to test a 56K modem, plus FAQtoids entries explain who pays for the Internet, the difference between the Internet and the Web, and the anatomy of Web search engines. To receive NetBITS automatically each week, send email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. [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.