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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.

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Take Control 40% Off Sale for TidBITS 15th Anniversary

Take Control 40% Off Sale for TidBITS 15th Anniversary -- This week marks our 15th anniversary of continuous weekly publication, and we're celebrating with a 40 percent off sale on our Take Control ebooksShow full article

Mac OS X 10.3.9 Update Released

Mac OS X 10.3.9 Update Released -- Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.9 Update, which is almost certainly the last numbered release for Panther. With Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger due to ship 29-Apr-05 (details later in this issue), any new Panther releases will be specific application or security fixes (as was true for Jaguar)Show full article

iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iSight See Updates

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Adam & Tonya at New Mexico User Groups

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DealBITS Drawing: PDFpenPro Winners

DealBITS Drawing: PDFpenPro Winners -- Congratulations to Kevin Wong of csua.berkeley.edu, Rick Jarnat of earthlink.net, and Ferd Diemer of lycos.com, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of SmileOnMyMac's PDFpenPro PDF editing utility, worth $94.95Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: MaxSleeve and iProtect

My main laptop bag holds so much that I'm tempted to pack a lot more than I need much of the time, and the end result is that my svelte little 12-inch PowerBook G4 ends up being only a fraction of the overall weight I carryShow full article

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger To Be Released 29-Apr-05

Ending the rampant speculation of exactly when Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger would be released, Apple last week announced that its next-generation operating system will be available for sale as of 6:00 PM on Friday, April 29th, 2005, although you can also pre-order from Apple (and other retailers)Show full article

Apple Q2-05 Earnings Breeze Past Estimates

Apple's latest quarterly report turned in another stunner: $290 million in net earnings in their most recent fiscal quarter ending 26-Mar-05, compared to $46 million a year agoShow full article

Apple Announces Final Cut Studio

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event on Sunday in Las Vegas, Apple revealed the latest lineup of its professional video and audio applications, Final Cut StudioShow full article

TidBITS Anniversary: Looking Back over 15 Macintosh Years

This week marks our 15th anniversary of TidBITS, and although we remain somewhat astonished that we've maintained a weekly publication schedule through so many years, the evidence that we've done so is incontrovertibleShow full article

Take Control News/18-Apr-05

People at Apple aren't the only ones furiously preparing for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. We're putting the finishing touches on our slate of Take Control of Tiger ebooks, which we plan to ship right when Tiger does. Pre-orders Open for Our Tiger Ebooks -- Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger would ship at 6:00 PM on 29-Apr-05, prompting immediate questions in email from readers asking if we would be updating our ebooks for TigerShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Apr-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Replacing eFax with MaxEmail -- Adam's article on switching to a new fax service prompts other suggestions from readers, including other applications that can view the TIFF-F formatted files that some services createShow full article

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