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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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No TidBITS Issue on 29-Nov-04

No TidBITS Issue on 29-Nov-04 -- Due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we're going to spend next weekend getting in touch with our inner turkeys (or meat-free substitutes, depending on the staff member), gorging on time spent with families and friends, and just plain resting up for the hectic race to the end of the year (complete with our annual gift issue)Show full article

Submit Your Holiday 2004 Gift Ideas

Submit Your Holiday 2004 Gift Ideas -- It's time once again to prop up the economy with holiday shopping, and what better sector to support than the Macintosh industry? As always, we're collecting the best holiday gift ideas from readers for our traditional holiday gift issue, scheduled for the second week in DecemberShow full article

SubEthaEdit 2.1.1 Released

SubEthaEdit 2.1.1 Released -- Our favorite collaborative writing and programming tool, SubEthaEdit, just hit its 2.1.1 release. The newest version overcomes a frustrating difficulty in establishing color coding for particular editors and making that consistent over timeShow full article

TidBITS Web Site Moved to Web Crossing

TidBITS Web Site Moved to Web Crossing -- At last! The entire domain (but not our archive) is now being served by Web Crossing 5.0 running on our dual-processor Xserve, which is a huge step up from WebSTAR 3.0 on an aging Power Mac 7600Show full article

AirPort 4.1 Fixes Encryption Irritation, Enables Remote Control

Apple last week released AirPort 4.1 software for Mac OS X 10.3, adding a feature that's been in great need: the capability to use more modern and secure WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption when you're also linking base stations wirelessly through WDS (Wireless Distribution System)Show full article Inks Deal with MSN Music

In an interesting move, has inked a deal with Microsoft's MSN Music whereby top-rated GarageBand artists will be featured on MSN Music services, and (eventually) artists will be able to distribute or sell their music via MSN MusicShow full article

Take Control Expands with iKey 2 Manual

Back in 1998, I wrote a TidBITS article entitled "The Death of Documentation," which laid out the reasons why manuals, even those for large and complex programs, had become so small and unhelpfulShow full article

Eudora 6.2 Alternates Between Silly and Serious

I've been a Eudora user for a long time, and despite the improvement in other email clients over the years, I've never been tempted to switch away from EudoraShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/22-Nov-04

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. Tracing an email message -- Is there a way to locate the source of email blockage between you and a message recipient? The headers have itShow full article

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