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]
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.
- Apple Discontinues KidSafe; Poll Asks Why (13 Aug 01)