Poll Results: Was Your KidSafe? Last week we asked for opinions about why Apple's KidSafe didn't receive sufficient customer usage for Apple to continue the service. As we'd expected, 33 percent of respondents said they'd never heard of KidSafe, which points to a failure on Apple's part in promoting the service. But even more people - 34 percent - said they didn't want any filtering software, and 22 percent personally monitor their kids' Internet use. A handful of people (13 percent) had tried KidSafe and thought it worked poorly, though 6 percent felt it had worked well. Only one person used a competing service instead of KidSafe. Although the number of respondents was quite small because we limited it to people actually responsible for children using the Internet, the conclusion I'd take away from the poll is that the concern most people have about children seeking out or stumbling across undesirable Internet resources isn't sufficiently great for them to find and use potentially flawed filtering software. [ACE]
Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots
Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):
• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.
• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.
• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.
• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.
• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.
Visit plucky tree
- Apple Discontinues KidSafe; Poll Asks Why (13 Aug 01)