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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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Lion Recovery Disk Assistant Creates External Recovery Drives

A new utility from Apple lets you create an external Lion Recovery drive, from which you can reinstall Mac OS X, restore from a Time Machine backup, repair your disk with Disk Utility, and more, even if your boot drive is too damaged to use its hidden Recovery HD partition.Show full article

DealBITS Discount: Save 25% on DiscLabel 6.3

See who won copies of DiscLabel 6.3 in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 25 percent on Smile’s disc labeling software. Show full article

Google Buys Motorola for Patents and Manufacturing Capability

Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility pairs up the last major mobile operating system maker without a compelling hardware story with one of its most fervent handset partners, giving Google Motorola’s patents along with hardware design and manufacturing capabilities.Show full article

Finding a Replacement for Quicken

Lion has slain Rosetta, and, as collateral damage, Quicken 2007 and earlier versions of this personal finance tracking package. To discover the best post-Rosetta replacement for your needs, you need to ask yourself some questions.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 August 2011

Notable software releases this week include Voila Screen Capture 3.1, Mactracker 6.1, Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.2.1, TextExpander 3.3.2, BBEdit 10.0.1, and Skype 5.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 15 August 2011

Just a couple of things to note this week — Google introducing a new way of viewing Gmail’s Web interface with a preview pane and Amazon creating a Web app version of its Kindle software.Show full article

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