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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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ZangZing Eases MobileMe Gallery Migration

Worried about what will happen to your MobileMe Gallery albums when Apple turns off MobileMe? You can now migrate all those photos to the photo sharing site ZangZing with a simple process.Show full article

FileVault 2 Hides Data in Plain Sight

Glenn Fleishman recently wrote a pair of articles for Macworld about FileVault 2, Lion’s new encryption technology, covering how it works and how it allows Find My Mac tracking even when not logged in.Show full article

Appcuity is the New, Better Appalicious

There’s more than a name change — from Appalicious to Appcuity — in store for users of ProVUE’s Mac App Store tamer.Show full article

Amazon Beats Apple at Ease of Media Access

The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s solid entry in the tablet wars, doesn’t compete directly with the iPad. Even so, its simple approach in organizing purchased and loaded media trumps figuring out what media is available — and where it’s stored — in iOS.Show full article

How COPPA Teaches Children to Lie

Children are getting online at ever-younger ages these days, sometimes with sites like Facebook, and sometimes for school requirements. But did you know that many major online services, including those from Google, Apple, and Facebook, don’t allow children under 13 to join at all, thanks to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act? The end result is that parents are being forced to teach their children to lie online.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 November 2011

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.1, VMware Fusion 4.1.1, SpamSieve 2.8.8, and MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 (Snow Leopard).Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28 November 2011

If you have some podcast-listening time, you can queue up a couple of Adam’s recent appearances, and for quiet time reading, we link to an academic paper talking about the cost of patent trolls and a Macworld article explaining what the iTunes Match status messages mean.Show full article

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