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]
New Documents in Snow Leopard's TextEdit
In the Snow Leopard version of TextEdit, you can now create a new document by Control-clicking TextEdit's Dock icon (when it's running), and choosing New Document from the pop-up menu. This isn't a major feature, of course, since you can also just press Command-N while in TextEdit, but consider Control-clicking other applications' Dock icons to see what functions they might make available.
- Apple Discontinues KidSafe; Poll Asks Why (13 Aug 01)