CDA Goes to Washington -- The U.S. Supreme Court has begun hearings on the Communications Decency Act. I won't pretend to analyze the results of the initial oral arguments, but I found reading the complete transcript to be fascinating. If you're interested in how the Supreme Court justices queried the attorneys for both sides, check it out at the URL below. If you haven't followed the issue over the last two years, the Communications Decency Act (passed as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996) attempts to limit "patently offensive" material on the Internet as defined by local community standards (see TidBITS-315). [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.