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Sleep (and Lock) Your Screen

When you are walking away from your computer, it's fairly common practice to start your screen saver and lock your screen. But did you know that there is a built-in keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X to sleep the screen?

Press Control-Shift-Eject and your monitor sleeps without engaging the screen saver.

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El Camino Becomes Real

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El Camino Becomes Real -- Even though Camino has been in development and available in one form or another for several years, the free, open-source Camino Web browser celebrated its 1.0 birth on Valentine's Day (14-Feb-06). With its roots in the same Mozilla development project that brought us Firefox and connections to Safari (Camino was originally called Chimera, and one of the primary Chimera developers went to Apple to work on the browser that became Safari), Camino offers the fast, lightweight Gecko rendering engine and a suite of modern browser features that may make it a prime candidate for your primary browser. Camino 1.0 supports tabbed browsing, pop-up and advertisement blocking, page security warnings, large picture scaling, a clean downloads experience, and broad media player support.

<http://www.caminobrowser.org/>

Users who are happy with Safari, Firefox, or another favorite browser may still want to try Camino for its excellent rendering speed and integration with Mac OS X. Camino 1.0 is a universal binary, optimized for use on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, and is available as a standard download (14.2 MB) or a multilingual download (19.5 MB) that supports Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (for Brazil or Portugal), Russian, Slovak, and Swedish. [MHA]

 

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>