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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.

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Take Control News/12-Dec-05

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"Take Control of Mac OS X Backups" Updated to 1.2 -- Do you have an effective strategy for backing up your work files, not to mention your growing collection of iTunes purchases and digital photos? Don't wait until disaster strikes. Get help now by reading our latest release of "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups," which has already helped thousands of Mac users. In this significant 1.2 update, you'll find the latest advice for developing a backup strategy that fits your budget and style. The ebook now covers the many changes made to backup hardware and software in the past 10 months, looks at Apple's Backup 3 for .Mac users, and offers more than 20 pages of detailed directions for using the popular Retrospect backup software. It also includes new sections about backing up photos and video.

"Take Control of Mac OS X Backups" is now 138 pages and costs $10. If you own an earlier version, you can download the update for free by clicking the Check for Updates button in the lower-left corner of your ebook's first page.

<http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/backup- macosx.html?14!pt=TRK-0014-TB809-TCNEWS>

"Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera" 2.0 Released -- Anyone who wants to buy the right digital camera at the right price can now find up-to-date info and more tips in the second edition of "Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera," written by Seattle-based professional photographer and instructor Larry Chen. Larry walks readers through the entire purchase process, providing help with budgeting and understanding what types of photos you want to take, friendly advice about the many possible camera features, expert guidance on reading camera reviews and evaluating picture quality, and suggestions on where to shop. The ebook, which we mentioned briefly last week, comes packed with photography tips, case studies, and color photos illustrating the discussions, plus a significantly enhanced section about buying a digital SLR camera. Readers will find a 2-page printable shopping worksheet, which they can print out, annotate as they read, and take with them when they shop. The ebook also includes an appendix summarizing popular cameras in different categories and a glossary covering common photography terms.

The second edition of "Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera" has grown to 107 pages and costs $10, though it's 50 percent off through 26-Dec-05 as part of our holiday consumer electronics ebook sale. If you own the first edition, you can download the update for free by clicking the Check for Updates button in the lower-left corner of your ebook's first page.

<http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/buying- digicam.html?14!pt=TRK-0015-TB809-TCNEWS>

 

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