Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
As the iPhone and other devices keep us connected to the Internet in more locations, are we opening ourselves up to malicious data attacks? Glenn Fleishman explains sidejacking, a potentially damaging weakness in the way Web traffic is handled, and why the easiest solution is the least likely to be utilized. Also in this issue, Adam appears with a look at Teleport, a utility that lets him share two machines easily, along with a revised version of the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary for use with Typinator. And how do you get six tons of uninterruptible power supply into a top-floor data center? Glenn points to the top-down solution employed by our Internet host digital.forest. We round out this issue with news of the releases of Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.7, iPhone 1.0.2, iMovie 7.0.1, and iWeb 2.0.1.
The next TidBITS issue will arrive on 10-Sep-07, due to the Labor Day holiday in the United States.Show full article
Apple has released iPhone 1.0.2, iMovie 7.0.1, and iWeb 2.0.1 to fix bugs and address issues with publishing .Mac Web galleries.Show full article
AT&T finally sees the light about sending fully itemized paper bills to iPhone customers; everyone will now receive summarized paper bills unless they desperately need to help with global deforestation.Show full article
It turns out the programming language Erlang has been around for about 20 years, making it almost old enough to drink. Alcohol would definitely enhance the Erlang video experience.Show full article
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac has been updated yet again to block potential security issues.Show full article
Win a copy of Nisus Software's powerful word processor Nisus Writer Pro in our latest DealBITS drawing!Show full article
The free Teleport utility enables you to control multiple networked Macs from a single keyboard and mouse. It's very cool, and worth using for anyone who wants to use multiple Macs at the same time.Show full article
Our long-time co-location facility, Digital Forest - the folks that house our servers and provide juice, cooling, and connectivity - needed to add additional capacity for their power backup. Even though the large new units would slide through the building, it was unclear whether certain paths along the way were engineered to handle that much point weight. Why not rip open the roof, instead?Show full article
The addition of the 2,300-word TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary makes Typinator even more useful for correcting typos and misspellings.Show full article
"Sidejacking" has entered the lexicon of network attacks. This newly defined term refers to a method of hijacking an in-progress Web session with a remote service - like Gmail - by intercepting and re-using the credentials that identify you to that server. Protecting against sidejacking may take a rethink on the part of Web site operators, users, and browser makers.Show full article
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