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.
There's an undercurrent of keeping your Mac safe throughout this week's TidBITS issue. First, Adam passes on news of a critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, along with suggestions on how to avoid being bitten by the current exploits. Jeff Carlson points out that a part of anyone's backup strategy should be keeping the power on, via a UPS. And Doug McLean shares details about the liquid submersion indicators now built into all iPods, iPhones, and MacBooks. But we're not going all paranoid on you - Adam also dives deep into iPhoto '09 and returns with news that Apple seems to be working on an iPhone application that tracks your location. Jeff also explains how you can get a free Mac.com account for use with iChat, since trial MobileMe accounts expire. And finally, Doug contributes a roundup of his favorite screensavers that go beyond bouncing a picture around your screen. We've also just published "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition," and our Dutch and Japanese translations could use some more help. Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 1.5, MercuryMover 2.0.3, TextExpander 2.5.2, MacBook SMC Update 1.3, WireTap Studio 1.0.8, Things 1.0.4, and the ConceptDraw WebWave plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro.
Some sleuthing within iPhoto '09 reveals that Apple was at least thinking about adding a location logging app to the iPhone and iPod touch, possibly for providing geotags to imported photos or improving maps. Could the feature point toward a more capable iPhone or iPod touch? And what about the privacy issues?Show full article
You don't need to sign up for a MobileMe account to use iChat. Although not obvious, you can create a free, non-expiring mac.com address to use iChat.Show full article
Looking for information about the best software to use for running Windows on a Mac, or how to run Windows most effectively? Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition" has all the answers for all the latest virtualization software.Show full article
If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we need your help in translating TidBITS!Show full article
When you're thinking about safeguarding your data, don't forget to protect the equipment on which it's stored from electrical surges. Jeff Carlson updates the UPSes in his office.Show full article
Drop your iPod in the bathtub or spill coffee on your MacBook? Hoping to convince Apple otherwise and cash in on your warranty? Think again - Apple's liquid submersion indicators are stool pigeons for the 21st century!Show full article
Want something to enliven your Mac's screen when you're away from the mouse for 15 or 20 minutes? Doug McLean went hunting for the most interesting screensavers he could find. Here are his top 10.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 1.5, MercuryMover 2.0.3, TextExpander 2.5.2, MacBook SMC Update 1.3, WireTap Studio 1.0.8, Things 1.0.4, and the ConceptDraw WebWave plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered or wrote elsewhere on the Web this week.Show full article
This week's discussions concern the ever-popular look at what email program to replace Eudora, Microsoft's new retail stores, Apple's way of determining whether your device has taken a dip, the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X, how to deal with stolen laptops, backing up a Mac to a portable hard drive, and more.Show full article