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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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TidBITS 2006 Holiday Hiatus

After this last issue of 2006, we're slowing down for a few weeks to spend the holiday season recharging with family and friends. The next issue of TidBITS will appear on 08-Jan-07, as we congregate in San Francisco to walk the halls of Macworld Expo and see what Apple has planned for us in the coming yearShow full article

In Memoriam: Bruce Fraser, 1954-2006

We received the sad news that author and Mac expert Bruce Fraser passed away on Saturday after battling lung cancer. Bruce was one of those few people who can be honestly described as being the world's top expert in his fieldShow full article

Macworld SF 2007 Events

After we snap out of our dreams of sugar plum fairies and New Year's celebrations, we'll be trekking off to San Francisco for the annual Macworld Expo and Steve Jobs Keynote of Apple GoodiesShow full article

Adobe Releases Universal Binary Beta of Photoshop CS3

Adobe Systems rarely releases public betas, which made the announcement last week that it would let anyone test Photoshop CS3, the company's flagship image-editing program, even more remarkableShow full article

MacSanta: You'd Better Not Pout

Correction appended. For those who make their list to Santa using a text editor, for those who set up elaborate systems to capture the sound of reindeer hooves, for those who prefer not to receive a cured-meat product in a can or on their computer - the MacSanta promotion is worth a look for those last-minute presents. The folks at a number of well-known Macintosh developers have banded together to offer a 20-percent discount on their software when you use the coupon code MACSANTA while purchasing the products directly from the companies' Web sites. Participating companies include Bare Bones, C-Command, Flying Meat, Potion Factory, Red Sweater, and Show full article

Color It! Carbonized Crudely

For over a decade, the painting and image-manipulation program Color It! has had something of a cult following. (The exclamation point is part of the official name, but I'll drop it from here on.) It has always been in financial troubleShow full article

InterviewBITS: Entering a Parallels Universe

The transition of the Macintosh from PowerPC to Intel processors is arguably one of the most significant computing milestones of the decade. Power consumption and speed efficiency gains aside, Apple's migration essentially joined worlds that were historically not merely different, but decidedly antagonisticShow full article

Sony's PRS Ebook Reader and Connect Bookstore

After many delays, Sony last month launched its "Portable Reader System" (PRS) ebook reader and Connect Bookstore service. There is clearly a great deal of interest in this $350 device - Sony is claiming "overwhelming demand," and has been quoting delivery as late as the end of December. There was a long discussion on TidBITS Talk back in February 2006 about whether Sony's then-hypothetical PRS would do for ebooks what the iPod and iTunes Store have done for music. Here, in partial answer to that question, is a quick look at this much anticipated deviceShow full article

Take Control News/18-Dec-06

Latest Info about Running Windows on a Mac Available -- Trying to run Windows on an Intel-based Mac? Have Windows running but want help with topics like printing, backups, or dealing with updates? Put yourself in the driver's seat with the significantly revised and expanded second edition to Joe Kissell's "Take Control Running of Windows on a Mac," and get expert guidance on the best techniques for running Windows on a Macintosh. The new edition includes up-to-date info on Parallels Desktop (including the latest beta), including how to use major new features and what to consider when updatingShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Dec-06

Digital TV tuners -- A suggestion in our gift issue leads a reader to query about digital television tuners that work with the Mac. (1 message) Simple file server advice? Readers recommend several ways to use an old Mac as a file server in a journalism labShow full article

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