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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

Conversions of a Twitter Revert

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I had to go cold turkey on Twitter this morning.

The mash-up of instant messaging, cell text messaging, and email that resembles a virtual water cooler works by letting you choose which messages you read from other people. You choose to "follow" people, and asymmetrically, they choose to follow you. Using Twitterrific, a Macintosh client, you can get continuously refreshed updates from the Twitter-sphere, as well as post Twitter messages. TidBITS head honcho Adam Engst explained Twitter and his own addiction in "Confessions of a Twitter Convert," 2007-10-09.

While there are practical uses of Twitter, including a TidBITS staff group, I have found that it requires too much regular attention to use, and saps too much of my productivity in a casual way that's hard to track. If I turn off regular updates and simply read recent Twitter posts, the particular charm of Twitter is lost.

I've enjoyed using Twitter immensely, as I've reconnected with friends and colleagues, and developed a dialog with a number of people I respect and otherwise have little direct interaction with.

Turning off Twitter feels a bit like moving out of a commune, but I fear that my work life requires me to have more focus than what Twitter can allow.

 

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