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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Apple Openly Pre-Announces Laptop Announcement

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We're used to obscure portents or even no advance notice at all about Apple products, but this one takes the cake for clarity. Apple has invited media and analysts to an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino on 14-Oct-08. The invitation features a beam focused across an open laptop with an Apple logo, and a headline reading, "The spotlight turns to notebooks." Be sure to check our Web site on Tuesday to catch our coverage of the event and analysis of the new machines.

Certainly, those who pay attention to the patterns of Apple product releases (like Adam, because of his "Take Control of Buying a Mac" ebook - see the Release Date Chart on the book's Web page) have been expecting a major announcement related to laptops in the last few months of the year, and the rumor mills have been awash with speculation (some of it truly silly) about what features might appear with updated laptops. The moral of the story is, don't buy a laptop from Apple until October 14th, after which you can decide if the new machines are what you want, or if you want to look around for a deal on the previous generation.

 

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