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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.

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Microsoft Releases Office 2008 Service Pack 2

Microsoft has released Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 2 (12.2.0), adding speed enhancements, customer-requested features, and stability improvements, along with a new collaboration application.Show full article

Pondering the Mac and the Moon

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, 2009, Jeff Carlson can't help but notice a spirit of innovation shared by the engineers that took us to space and today's Apple.Show full article

iPhone 3GS Offers Enterprise-Class Security for Everyone

Rich Mogull explains how to configure your iPhone securely, and how to take advantage of the new hardware encryption in the iPhone 3GS.Show full article

Double Plus Ungoods: Amazon Unpublishes Orwell

When told that a publisher was distributing electronic versions of books by George Orwell without the rights, should Amazon have deleted them from Kindles without the permission of the Kindle owners? Probably not, but it's not as Orwellian as it seems at first. The company says it won't do it again.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20-Jul-09

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.5.1, TextExpander 2.6.3, iMovie '09 8.0.4, iTunes 8.2.1, QuicKeys 4, Quadro Mac OS X Driver Release 18.5.2, Hazel 2.3, and CheckUp 2.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20-Jul-09

Read on for a collection of links to a few of the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 20-Jul-09

This week's TidBITS Talk discussions revolve heavily around the iPhone, including questionable unlocking services, securing one's data, the lack apps taking advantage of push notifications, and keeping track of accessories. Also covered this week are Google's Chrome OS, TidBITS issues being marked as spam, the return of the Oxford English Dictionary to the Mac, troubleshooting an ailing hard disk, iMac screen problems, and converting old Palm Desktop data.Show full article

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