Newton News -- In the wake of Apple's latest reorganization and cost-cutting measures, several news sources reported that Apple might ditch its Newton division. Understandably, reactions among MessagePad users have ranged from confusion to outrage. On Friday, Sandy Benett, vice president of Apple's Newton Systems Group, released a letter to developers and users reassuring them that the group "remains intact" amid the reorganization, and that support for the current MessagePad 2000 and eMate 300 is proceeding alongside development of future products. [JLC]
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.