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Disinfect Your Keyboard

Keyboards, particularly those shared by multiple people, harbor huge quantities of bacteria. If you want to reduce the chances of picking up your co-worker's cold, you can disinfect your keyboard with disinfecting wipes. To avoid damage to the keyboard, be sure to:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don't let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don't scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Name Munger

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Some tasks are just harder than they should be, and renaming a large number of files is one of them. Sure, if you're a command-line whiz, you might be able to use grep to do this, but for the rest of us, a utility like Name Munger from Sonora Graphics is just the ticket. With it, you can replace text in file names, add prefixes and suffixes, remove one or more occurrences of text in names, strip characters, change the case of names and extensions, and number files consecutively. Even with a graphical interface, getting everything right can be hard when you're working with text patterns, but once you drag the files you want to rename into the program, Name Munger shows you a live preview of what your current settings would do. I won't pretend it's something that everyone needs every day, but for only $10 (along with a discount for entrants), Name Munger can pay for itself with only a few uses.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of four copies of Name Munger 1.0, each worth $10. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Name Munger, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters and challenge-response systems, 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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