Poll Preview: Ad-ing It Up -- This week's release of Eudora 4.3 marks the first time a major program has essentially offered to let you use commercially available features for free in exchange for viewing ads. You'll read below about why Steve Dorner and Qualcomm felt they had to add Sponsored mode to Eudora 4.3's Paid and Light usage modes, but what do you think? Do you like the option of being able to trade some screen real estate for an ad window in exchange for features that would otherwise cost money? Note that we're not asking if you think ads in software are inherently good or bad, but instead if you like the option of being able to see ads instead of paying for the software yourself. Also, keep in mind that we're asking about applications in general; at the moment, we have only the $50 Eudora as an example of this, so also consider how you might feel about programs that cost either $10 or $200 and that you used either occasionally or every day. Register your opinion on our home page (and make sure to scroll down if you can't see the poll form in your window)! [ACE]
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.
- InterviewBITS with Steve Dorner (14 Feb 00)