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Stylin' a Word Comment Balloon

If you work with Word's Comment feature, you may find that the comment-balloon text is too small to work with, or you may just want some variety. To modify the style, choose Format > Style. From the List pop-up menu, choose All Styles. Select Balloon Text from the Style list. Modify the style as you like, and then click Apply. I like Arial Narrow, 12 point.

 
 

Mac OS X 10.4.5 Fixes Nits

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Mac OS X 10.4.5 Fixes Nits -- Apple last week released Mac OS X 10.4.5, a bug-fix update that offers oodles of small changes. Most notable are a fix that prevents Safari from crashing when deleting AOL email messages via AOL webmail, proper functioning of Apple's IPsec VPN client with Cisco servers whether or not NAT (Network Address Translation) is used, a fix for synchronizing with an iDisk larger than 4 GB, and a fix that enables some previously problematic Epson printers to be used successfully via an AirPort Extreme base station. A number of changes affect only Intel-based Macs, including two fixes to Rosetta: one that enables applications to open files located via the search field in Open dialogs and another that enables Rosetta-translated applications to receive Keychain notifications correctly. Many of the other changes are cosmetic (Fast User Switching's rotating cube now appears as expected on primary and mirrored displays) or highly specific (the Setup Assistant no longer crashes if Kotoeri is selected as the keyboard type following an English language installation of Mac OS X). Mac OS X 10.4.5 is available as separate delta updates for Mac OS 10.4.4 (16 MB for PowerPC, 98 MB for Intel), and as a 125 MB combo update for PowerPC-based Macs that will update any previous version of Mac OS X 10.4. The delta update via Software Update is only 6.4 MB for PowerPC-based Macs, while the update for Intel-based Macs is 40 MB. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>