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Disable Caps Lock

If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 
 

Take Control News/23-Apr-07

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.Mac Ebook Update Covers Latest in .Mac Webmail Access -- We just released version 1.2 of our comprehensive guide to Apple's .Mac service, "Take Control of .Mac." Written by Joe Kissell, the 204-page ebook provides everything .Mac users need to know to get the most of their $100-per-year subscriptions. Along with a smattering of general changes, this new version provides up-to-date advice and steps for using .Mac's webmail features. The update is free to current owners of the ebook (click the Check for Updates button on the cover to access it); new copies cost $15.

To give you a taste of what's in the book, here are a few tips you might find useful:

  • Email aliases behave a bit differently from member names. If you create an email alias and later delete it (as opposed to merely turning it off), that email address is reserved permanently, but you cannot reactivate it - and neither can anyone else.
  • To make it even easier for others to access files in your Public folder, tell them to visit http://idisk.mac.com/membername-Public. That URL displays a Web page that provides download links for each item in your Public folder.
  • Even if you use only a single Mac all the time, .Mac bookmarks can be very helpful if you use a variety of browsers. Instead of storing bookmarks separately in Firefox, OmniWeb, Opera, and iCab (or whatever browsers you use), you can simply open your .Mac bookmarks Web page in each of those browsers. You'll get access to your Safari bookmarks, and any new bookmarks you add using the .Mac Bookmarks window will also appear in Safari (after they've been synchronized, of course).

If you're in need of up-to-date documentation of how to use .Mac's features, look no further.

 

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