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Keyboard-based Dock Navigation

If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and navigation, you may want try accessing the Dock from your keyboard. Press Control-F3 to enter the Dock's keyboard access mode. Then you can press a letter corresponding with an item's name to select it; press Return to open it, Command-Q to quit the selected application, or Escape to exit keyboard access mode. You can also use the arrow keys, Tab key, and other keyboard navigation keys to toggle between the Dock items.

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Cleaning Windows

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Cleaning Windows -- Last issue in NetBITS Updates, we expressed confusion that no one writing about Microsoft's attempts to offer versions of its Windows 95 operating system without Internet Explorer mentioned that the original Windows 95 system was still in use on tens of millions of machines. But Rob Hagopian <hagopiar@vuser.vu.union.edu> pointed out an extremely valid reason why the original release isn't worthwhile:

<http://db.netbits.net/article/04617>

The old version of Windows 95 does not run correctly on machines built with the latest PC chipsets (from Intel, primarily). In addition to the lack of USB (Universal Serial Bus) support in the older versions, some incompatibilities have been noted with the TX chipset and older versions of Windows 95. Just as older system software for the Mac may not run on newer computers, running the previous version of Windows 95 on new machines is not a good thing.
Why Microsoft can't remove Internet Explorer and leave in the 2 DLLs is another issue.

 

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
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>