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Mighty Mouse as Application Switcher

Looking for an easier way to switch between multiple applications? Within Keyboard and Mouse Preferences under System Preferences, you can configure the scroll wheel to act as an Application Switcher. Press the scroll button to bring up Application Switcher, scroll to toggle to the application you want, and hit the scroll button again to switch. You can also double-click the scroll button to quickly switch to the previously active application.

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TiVo Series2 Wishes and Getting Our Bears Straight

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Sometimes we wish we could rewind life as easily as rewinding television programs recorded by TiVo. In last week's issue, Alex Hoffman's article "TiVo Series2 Improves on Original" discussed how the digital video recorder could organize recorded programs in groups when perusing the Now Playing list. In the article, this is mentioned as a wishlist item, when in fact the Series2 does include the feature. Chalk up the error to a TidBITS editor who wishes his original TiVo could support that excellent way to browse shows: Jeff's punishment will be to categorize and alphabetize all his DVDs and VHS tapes.

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While we're acknowledging our errors (which we're told is good for the soul, even if it makes us feel the fools), Adam biffed his analogy of the 15-inch PowerBook G4 to Mama Bear in the children's story The Three Little Bears. Although there's some thought that alternate tellings may exist, most sources seem to agree that the porridge, chair, and bed that were "just right" belonged to Baby Bear. Adam's punishment will be to read The Three Little Bears at bedtime until Tristan makes him stop.

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Finally, in our hurried testing of StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 in the hours before publishing last week, Adam said that Mac OS X would prompt you about changing filename extensions when using StuffIt Deluxe's Archive Via Rename feature. However, it turns out that if you turn off "Always show file extensions" in the Finder preferences (which is necessary for Archive Via Rename to work), Mac OS X doesn't in fact prompt for each rename action. It makes sense; if you can't see filename extensions, you might not realize you're changing something, whereas if you can see them, it's reasonable to assume you know what you're doing. For this mistake, Adam's penance will be give all the cryptically named PDFs on his Desktop better names.

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