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Keyboard-based Dock Navigation

If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and navigation, you may want try accessing the Dock from your keyboard. Press Control-F3 to enter the Dock's keyboard access mode. Then you can press a letter corresponding with an item's name to select it; press Return to open it, Command-Q to quit the selected application, or Escape to exit keyboard access mode. You can also use the arrow keys, Tab key, and other keyboard navigation keys to toggle between the Dock items.

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DealBITS Drawing: Midnight Mansion

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I've become more interested in retro games of late, so I was intrigued when Vern Jensen of ActionSoft asked about doing a DealBITS drawing for his Midnight Mansion game. It's an explore-a-world kind of game in which you navigate your Indiana Jones-like character over obstacles and past the nasties in an attempt to gather treasure - if you enjoyed playing Dark Castle or Prince of Persia, you'll like Midnight Mansion. The graphics are colorful, cartoonish, and kid-friendly, though they won't be taxing your graphics card, and the sound is well-done. In my initial testing, I especially liked the tutorial mode in which signs within the game itself teaches the basics; with other games, I've sometimes found it difficult to pick up basic gameplay before I feel the need to get back to work.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, open through New Year's Day, you can enter to win one of five copies of Midnight Mansion, each worth $20. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Midnight Mansion, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

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