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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Larry Leveen

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Avoid URL Shortening Services for Business-Related Links

Short URLs are cute and easy to scan, and can provide useful tracking features. But using a URL shortening service can be bad for your business. Adam explains why.Show full article

Two New Take Control Ebooks about the iPhone and iPod touch

Whether you're new to the iPhone or an experienced user who wants to set up a coherent mobile email strategy, one of our two new Take Control ebooks - "Take Control of iPhone Basics, iOS 4 Edition" or "Take Control of Mail on the iPhone and iPod touch, iOS 4 Edition" - has the help that you need.Show full article

StuffIt Deluxe 2011 Adds Destinations

What do you add to a compression program that's been around for 23 years? If you're Smith Micro updating StuffIt Deluxe, you try to make it easier for people to compress files on the way to their eventual destination with a new application: StuffIt Destinations.Show full article

When Should We Introduce Social Media to Kids?

Many of parents of pre-teen children are being pressured by their kids for Facebook accounts and other social media. When is the right time to allow such online access, and in what way? Andy Affleck, parent of a 10-year-old, explores the issue.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 October 2010

Notable software releases this week include Premiere Elements 9.0, Photoshop Elements 9.0, GraphicConverter 7.0, Eudora OSE 1.0, Postbox 2, and Thunderbird 3.1.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 4 October 2010

Three extra bits for you this week: news of the fall and potential rise of the Xmarks cross-platform and cross-browser bookmark synchronization service, a release date for Microsoft Office 2011, and the debut of Amazon's Kindle for the Web, which is more a sales tool than a user-centric service.Show full article

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