Office X Updated Slightly -- Lost temporarily in the news of the recent update to Microsoft Office 2004 (see "Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Service Pack 1 Squishes Bugs" in TidBITS-751) was the fact that Microsoft also updated the older Office X on 13-Oct-04. The improvements in the Microsoft Office v.X for Mac Security Update (10.1.6) include proper functioning of Word X's AutoRecover when FileVault is enabled (not that we recommend FileVault in most situations), and a fix to a bug that caused Entourage X to stop responding when certain corrupted email messages were received with the Junk Mail Filter enabled. Word X, Excel X, and PowerPoint X all receive an added level of security that affects macros that open other macro-containing Office documents. It's a 38.4 MB download. [ACE]
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.