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iCal Alerts You Can't Miss

Did you miss that tiny little iCal alert dialog? Use a more prominent Open File alarm.

First save an image, text file, sound, or movie that will really fill your screen and grab your attention.

Select an iCal event and choose Open File as the alert type. Choose your unmissable file as the one to open.

Set more alerts with more files to open for the same event if you like. You won't miss an appointment with one of these alerts!

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X-Rated Placeholders

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X-Rated Placeholders -- A random and amusing anecdote arrived from Russell Aminzade <aminzade@sover.net>:

I had a job recently developing a Web site for an intranet for a division of a Fortune 100 computer company. One of the things they wanted was a page of links to related materials, so I created the "links" pages with some dummy URLs.
Throughout the Web site, I had used the same placeholder for missing information - "http://xxx" for a server, and "xxx.htm" for the missing documents. My assumption was that the browser would simply present an error to users when that link was clicked.
However, Netscape Navigator [and Microsoft Internet Explorer -Adam] is friendly about resolving improper URLs. It went looking for a site called www.xxx.com. Ooops. I got a frantic phone call from the company asking if I knew that I had included links to pornographic sites on my prototype.
The moral of the story: if you must use a placeholder for URLs, include a real, dummy page on your site, and point those URLs to it.

 

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