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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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Leopard Envy and Tiger Inertia

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I have made the mistake on previous releases of Mac OS X, other operating systems, and even software applications of upgrading immediately on a "dot zero" (.0) release, something I typically advise others to avoid. However, the pain I suffer is mitigated by helping others, and as a tech writer, it's sort of my job to be on the bleeding edge to file reports back to later adopters.

Leopard is an interesting case. I had used Leopard betas, and updated a test Power Mac in my office - one that I will be selling one of these days - to the shipping version of Leopard on the day before its formal release. A few days later, I installed 10.5.0 on my home PowerBook G4, suffering problems I've documented elsewhere due to an out-of-date copy of PGP (see "PGP Causes Leopard Slowdown, But Fix Is Simple," 2007-11-13).

However, my regular work machine - a Mac Pro I bought in spring - remains on Tiger. And what I'm finding is that as every day goes by, I'm looking more and more for missing features in Tiger that I use at home in Leopard. Even with the 10.5.1 update, I still think Leopard has a bit to go in fixing some security design errors and in a few areas of stability and functionality.

But I find myself on my Mac Pro looking for Quick Look, a functional Spotlight (instead of the okay but not great one in Tiger), Back to My Mac (once I got that working), and even some of the glitz like Cover Flow in the Finder.

I'm not ready to take the plunge yet: I need to be sure of 100-percent functionality for my daily work. But I'm strangely close to making the move. Maybe with 10.5.2, whenever that comes, I'll finally be ready.

 

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