Type Faster by Competing in Races
A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.
- Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
- From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
- You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.
Good intentions make excellent paving stones this week, with warnings about a utility that circumvents a crucial bit of Mac OS 9's error checking and a security hole in Outlook Express 5.0. In other email news, Adam announces his new book on Eudora and explains how to use Eudora in multiple user setups, and this week's poll asks about your favorite Mac email client. Finally, Warren Magnus contributes the first part of an overview of USB mice.
Outlook Express 5.0 Open to Security Breach -- Microsoft has issued an alert about a security hole in Outlook Express 5.0 for the Macintosh. Essentially, a malicious person could send a specially composed MHTML (MIME HTML) message to an Outlook Express 5.0 userShow full article
Avoid AKUA Interactive's Nine 11 Utility! AKUA Interactive Media has released an extension called Nine 11 that prevents Mac OS 9 from stopping certain incompatible programs with error number 119Show full article
iMac Knockoffs Barred by Injunction -- Apple has announced that Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. Federal Court in San Jose has stated his intention to issue a preliminary injunction barring Future Power and Daewoo from manufacturing, selling, or distributing the E-Power computer, which Apple says copies the design of the iMacShow full article
Dartmouth TidBITS Mirror Gone -- Those of you who have been reading TidBITS for years may remember that issues of TidBITS were originally made available on the Web at Dartmouth College's site, back in 1994Show full article
Poll Preview: Your Preferred Mac Email Client -- Here's a poll in which I encourage everyone to vote. We at TidBITS are big fans of Qualcomm's powerful Eudora, and Apple bundles the free Microsoft Outlook Express with every Mac and copy of the Mac OS, but there are numerous other programs people use to read email, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantagesShow full article
Our goal with last week's quiz was mostly educational, since we expected that most people would know the answer. We weren't disappointed, with 93 percent of the more than 1,700 people taking the quiz choosing the correct answer of Command-Option-P-R to zap the PRAMShow full article
My latest book, "Eudora 4.2 for Windows & Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide," (Peachpit Press, ISBN 020135389X) should now be widely availableShow full article
The iMac introduced Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology to the Macintosh line - along with a puck-like USB mouse that's become a frequent target of criticismShow full article