Poll Results: The Benefits of Unix -- In our last regular issue of 2000, we leveraged Chris Pepper's two-part series on Mac OS X and Unix to ask TidBITS readers which stance best described the degree they thought they'd benefit from those Unix's underpinnings. Nearly half (46 percent) of the poll's respondents said they felt the Unix underpinnings would benefit them greatly, providing both the power and flexibility of Unix with the ease of use of a Macintosh. Just over a quarter felt Unix would benefit them only indirectly through increased system stability, and just under 20 percent responded that they felt they would benefit somewhat by directly accessing some Unix tools or capabilities. Only seven percent said they felt Mac OS X's Unix underpinnings were of no benefit to them - unfortunately, I'm in that camp for the foreseeable future, since a good deal of my work relies on audio hardware and software which is unlikely to be compatible with Mac OS X for some time. C'est la vie. [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.