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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Disk First Aid 8.2 to the Rescue

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Apple has released Disk First Aid 8.2, the latest version of the free disk repair utility that the company ships with the Mac OS. Although Disk First Aid's capabilities have never been as complete as those in commercial disk repair utilities, with the introduction of Mac OS Extended Format (also known as HFS Plus - see "All About Macintosh Extended Format (HFS Plus)" in TidBITS 414), older disk repair utilities not only ceased to work, but could cause damage. Disk First Aid 8.2 can repair some problems, mostly related to directory damage, on Extended Format volumes, plus it can correct problems caused by Extended Format-incompatible disk repair utilities. As an added bonus, Disk First Aid 8.2 adds the capability to work on the startup volume and now provides an estimate of how long the check will take. Note that the program is only intended for computers using Mac OS 8.1 and has been tested only with the English version of Mac OS 8.1. Disk First Aid 8.2 is a 339K download and is available only as a self-mounting image file.

The most popular disk repair utility is of course Norton Utilities. Symantec released version 3.5.2 to address the fact that previous versions could damage Extended Format volumes. However, version 3.5.2 simply refuses to diagnose, optimize, or repair Extended Format volumes. Until recently, Symantec had remained quiet about plans to upgrade Norton Utilities to support Extended Format, at which point Micromat jumped on the opportunity, releasing TechTool Pro 2.0 with Extended Format support. Now, however, Symantec is saying that it will release Norton Utilities 4.0 in several months, offering support for Extended Format volumes. Does the phrase "It's about time!" sum up the situation sufficiently?

 

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