As we start 1997, I want to express our thanks for your votes in the American Journalism Review's Top 50 news sites poll. They arrived in sufficient numbers to place TidBITS 17th out of 50 news sites, ahead of sites such as MSNBC and HotWired. In the related story, Eric Meyer of AJR noted, "TidBITS readers ended up being the most supportive of requests from publishers to cast ballots in their publication's favor. Nearly 1,300 TidBITS readers followed links from TidBITS to NewsLink to vote for that site." Some other extremely worthy Macintosh news sites placed well, including Ric Ford's MacInTouch (25th), ZDNet (34th, including MacUser and MacWEEK), and Macworld (36th). Thanks again for your support - we generally avoid blowing our own horn, so it's nice to receive this sort of recognition. [ACE]
Type Faster by Competing in Races
A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.
- Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
- From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
- You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.