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.
TidBITS is 700! Okay, so we're not that old, but we are celebrating our 700th issue with news of a Creative Commons license and our choice for a new content management system. Also in this issue, Palm releases new handhelds (the Tungsten T3, Tungsten E, and Zire 21), Apple re-releases Mac OS X 10.2.8, and Kirk McElhearn takes the ShuttleXpress controller out for a spin, comparing it to the PowerMate he swore he'd never give up.
Mac OS X 10.2.8 Returns -- Late last week, Apple posted a new Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update, replacing one that was released and then quickly pulled after causing significant troubles on many machines (see "Mac OS X 10.2.8 Comes and Goes" in TidBITS-699)Show full article
Palm, Inc. last week released a trio of handheld devices, available immediately. At the high end, the Palm Tungsten T3 features a 320 by 480 color screen, which can display data vertically or rotated horizontally (good for reading electronic books or working with spreadsheets using the included DataViz Documents to Go software)Show full article
When I bought one of Griffin Technology's PowerMates, I thought it was the cat's pajamas. In my review here last year (see "Unleashing the Power of the PowerMate" in TidBITS-653), I said, "It will most likely remain by my keyboard for a very long time." Alas, that time is shorter than I had expected, for I have found something even better: the Contour Design ShuttleXpress. The PowerMate is a strange gadget: consisting of a rotating knob and a push-button, it can be programmed to do almost anything with any applicationShow full article
We like to announce changes to mark the ticking by of large even numbers on the TidBITS odometer. In 1997, TidBITS-400 introduced our dynamic Web site, all driven via Lasso from FileMaker databases, with glue provided by HyperCard, AppleScript, and RetrospectShow full article
Thoughts on online radio shows -- After Adam was interviewed on Inside Mac Radio Daily last week, he became curious about what readers thought of the show and online radio shows in generalShow full article