Ballmer is Microsoft's New CEO -- TidBITS doesn't usually cover executive shifts at companies other than Apple, but we should note Bill Gates promoted Steve Ballmer to Microsoft's CEO position last week. Gates will still serve as the chairman of Microsoft's board, and created a new position for himself as Chief Software Architect to oversee strategic directions and software technologies. Gates has extracted himself from Microsoft's day-to-day operations over the last few years, so it's difficult to speculate on long-term effects of this change. However, Gates has long demonstrated support for the Macintosh within Microsoft, while Steve Ballmer has no such history. [GD]
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.