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CHRIS'S UNPREDICTABLE and OCCASIONAL Newsletter for MAC USERS Issue #80
Contents Copyright 2005 by Christopher Plummer

This Issue

What a year it's been already! So much news and so many subjects to write about! Coming Soon, an article about iLife '06, and iWeb. AND WHAT ABOUT MAC VIRUSES?? Check 'Special' (below) for the lowdown. Anyway, it's our second HTML issue and the first issue of 2006!! Looks like we're a quarterly! And that's what makes us UNPREDICTABLE!  We're still shaking down this format, so feel free to send feedback. At least we've got actual links, and we hope to rejuvenate the Unpredictable web site and actually keep it CURRENT in 2006. Unpredictable is best viewed with Apple's Mail program, and of course, best viewed on a Macintosh!  With this issue we 'reach out' to the wider audience of iPod users. We're still Mac, but we welcome the iPodders of the world, whatever platform they choose. As always, we don't want to duplicate what's already out there, so we'll refer you now and then to good iPod resources. Pay attention!   ;-)  As usual, there's plenty here...fascinating Mac and iPod trivia, insightful comments, and personal commentary of questionable merit! 


        GEEK SPEAK REVIEW - Terms for Intel Macs

        Special! - What about Mac viruses?

        UPDATES - Apple, iLife '06, Dreamweaver, FruitMenu, PowerMail, and more.. 

        POD SPEAK REVIEW - Coming soon!!

        NEWS - Queen Counters Unpredictable Jive

        WEIRD NEWS - Apple Still Doomed

        UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK - Brad appreciates Tabs, Welcome..

        Tiger Hunting - Tiger Printing

        PodServations - They Break!

        Know the Difference - The Mouse Hunt Begins

        Podcast Review - Avoid and Try!

        TIPS - Safari Tab Tips! And more..

        Special Bonus Keyboard Command - Safari Bookmark Bar

        Shameless Commerce - Puhlease! Support Unpredictable


Geek Speak Review
Definitions full of ® fascinating Mac trivia, insightful comments, and personal commentary of questionable merit!

 

EViP of Drat

 

Executive Vice-President in charge of Doing the Right Thing. An imaginary position at Apple Computer created by Apple pundit Christopher Plummer. Charged with righting wrongs, recalling faulty products, and making Apple customers the most satisfied, loyal customers in the world (and needless to say, selling tons of Apple products in the process), Plummer also offered to take the position, as long as the salary was in six figures and would allow him to continue to live near beautiful, Western Central New Jersey. [And the offer is still open!—Chris]

 

Universal Binary

 

A 'binary' is a hunk of programming code written ("compiled") to be understood and used as instructions by a specific microprocessor or family of microprocessors. To oversimplify, it's a program. A binary, say, 'PowerMail', is written to run on the Macintosh, which if you remember these details, uses the 'PowerPC' family of microprocessors. Even if you managed to get the Powermail program onto your Windows hard disk, it's never going to run there because Powermail is written and compiled for the PowerPC chip, and Windows doesn't run on PowerPCs. Similarly, your Windows program, say...(oh heck, I can't think of any!)...well, anyway, it won't run on your Mac either (unless you have Virtual PC, but that's another story). And that hasn't changed. What has changed is that Apple is now producing computers that use a completely different family of microprocessors. They now use the Intel family, more-or-less the same chips used for Windows computers. Which means that 'old' Macintosh software shouldn't run on the new Macs, right? Of course. Except the world is full of creative exceptions, and that's what Apple does best! Which (finally) brings us to 'Universal Binary'. A Universal Binary is a hunk of programming code, that looks like a single program, but in effect is two. It is compiled to run both on the 'old' PowerPC processor family, and also to run on the 'new' Intel family processors. Compatibility, transparency, transition! Since its first release Oh Ess Ten has been a closet Universal Binary. Which means, the Mac Operating System doesn't need to be re-written to run on Intel. It already does! The iLife '06, and iWork '06 software suites were released as Universal Binaries when the first Intel iMacs were shipped. As new releases come out, more and more software will be released as what are now becoming referred to as 'universals' (and for now, marked with 'U' in our Updates section). If you have in Intel Mac, you want all your software to be Universal, because it will run faster and more reliably.

 

MacBook

 

Why 'MacBook'? Couldn't Our Friends at Apple come up with a better name than that for the next generation Macintosh laptop? Couldn't they just call the new Intel-based PowerBooks, "PowerBook Intel"? Or something like that? Well, not really. Remember the "PowerBook" takes its name not from its great POWER, but from the PowerPC processor that is inside it. And baby, that processor has been REPLACED by something better!! So, okay, MacBook isn't as jazzy. But at least it says, "Hey! I'm a Macintosh!!" And that's what we want—Macs—right?


 

Rosetta

 

Students of history will remember that the Rosetta Stone was the archeaological find left behind by aliens to allow Mulder and Scully to decipher the otherwise indecipherable ancient languages of Greece, Egypt, and Bush. Similarly, Our Alien Friends at Apple have built into the new Intel Macs a 'Rosetta' that translates 'old' PowerPC binaries so that these non-Universal Binary programs can still be run on the new architecture. What does that mean when you cut through the Geek speak? It means you buy a new Intel Mac and it should still run your old programs, even if they are not 'universal binaries'. How well? I don't know. Presumably slower. Level of compatibility currently unknown. When Apple provides me with a MacBook for testing, I'll be glad to provide details.  ;-)    .


 

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Special!
What About Mac Viruses? - There's been a lot of press lately about the 'new' vulnerability of the Mac OS, presumably because it is becoming more popular, giving hackers a bigger, and therefore more attractive, target. The quick answer: Keep your Mac updated and be smart about files. To be extra sure, (if you use Safari), go to the [General] panel in Safari Preferences and be sure that you UNcheck, "Open 'Safe' files after downloading". Don't worry. Be Happy. You have a Mac.

For the sake of brevity I'm going to lump this issue all together. If you really want the gruesome details, read TidBITS. An 'exploit' (as they are euphemistically called) was created that potentially allowed a virus program to 'invade' your Mac through iChat. Another one (or two?) other exploits relied on the way Safari unpacks attachments and launches 'trusted' file types. These exploits, to my knowledge, were all written by well-intentioned geeks to demonstrate potential vulnerabilities in the Mac OS.Some, but not all, rely on Mac users acknowledging once (or more) that they really wanted a file. Apple quickly responded to these with new Security Updates which generally modify these vulnerabilities. In other words, sending a file over iChat is something that you might want to do. What Apple has done is tried to make it more clear to users that they have a choice and should be aware when a file is being downloaded, unpacked, or launched. It's really been the same old rule all along: Don't download files or install software or open mail from people you don't know. And if you do, and your Mac asks, "This file is an application, are you sure you want to install it?" Then be sure that you really do, before you say, "Yes". Depending on how your Mac is set up, your Mac will then tell you that you need to also provide an Administrator password to do the deed. This is NORMAL for installing a new application. If that is not what you are doing, don't provide the password and figure out what is going on!! (Need I say, "Contact your trusty consultant.") Be careful out there, and don't let an exploit ruin your whole day!!  :-)


Updates
Apple Updates - Tiger is up to 10.4.5. Avoid security issues and Get Current! You should run the Software Update System Preference even if you're not using the Stripey version of the Mac OS - do you still have Panther? Or Jaguar?? Upgrade!  Also Quicktime 7.0.3 - More updates than I can list here! Use the Software Update System Preference and GET CURRENT.
 <http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/>

Adium .89 - (U) This wonderful open-source single chat client for multiple hosts and protocols is now also released as a Universal Binary. Supporting iChat, AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, and Novell!
 <http://www.apple.com/ilife>

iLife'06 - (U) What would Apple iLife be without an annual iUpdate?? You got a version free with your Mac, to GET CURRENT you have to BUY the software. Sorry, no trade-ups or upgrades. But my gosh! For the price ($79, $95 for the Family License) you can't beat it!
 <http://www.apple.com/ilife>

iWork'06 - (U) The iWork apps are now Dual Binary and full of fresh features...more in a future issue...
 <http://www.apple.com/iwork>

DiscLabel 3.0.2 - (U) This CD and DVD labeling program is now a Universal Binary and has been modified for compatibility with the iLife '06 apps.              
 <http://www.smileonmymac.com/disclabel/download.html>

Dreamweaver 8.0.1 - Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Dreamweaver bug fix update also supposed to "improve performance on Macintosh systems". This update is for both Macs and our friends who insist on using Windows.
<http://www.macromedia.com/support/dreamweaver/downloads_updaters.html
>

Foxtrot Personal Search 1.0.6 - (U) A Universal Binary of this personal search program.
<http://www.foxtrot.ch/news/>

Fruitmenu 3.4.3 - This release of the Apple-menu-customizing utility includes some important bug fixes related to using contextual menus.
<http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/fruitmenu>


PowerMail 5.2.3 - When the vendor tells you that 5.2.2 will be the only version that they will support starting in January of 2006, and then they update that to 5.2.3 with a bug fix and partial Universal Binary, it's a good idea to GET CURRENT.
<http://www.ctmdev.com>


Check for more updates at <http://www.versiontracker.com>.


News
Queen Counters Unpredictable 'Jive' jibe with 'MBE' for Ive - Just LAST issue Apple Vice President and 'design guru', Jonathan Ive received the dubious Unpredictable "Jive Award for Bad Design" for Apple's less than mighty "Might Mouse". Not one to let a British-born subject be left out in the cold, the Queen herself has named Ive, "Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" (MBE)—presumably for his design work on the iPod. The Queen is an avid iPod user, as is her colonial ruling pal, President "Curious" George W. Bush.


Weird News
Apple Still Doomed - Just in case you forgot, or if you've only been into the Apple scene for a couple of years, Harvard Professor Clayton Christiansen reminds us in a recent Business Week article that Apple is Doomed. Why? Because the iPod is proprietary. Apple should open the architecture so that other companies could manufacture MP3 players with the same interface. If they don't, they'll be making the same mistake Apple made with Microsoft, long ago. Hm. His analogy sounds more to me like 'opening' the architecture of the IBM PC. Remember the IBM PC? Have you tried to buy one in the last five or ten years?  :-)

More News: <http://www.macminute.com/>


Unpredictable Reader Feedback
Long-time reader Brad told me in an iChat video that he was happy to learn about Tabbed Browsing in Safari.

iMac G5 owner, Carlo, reveals that he "loves" his Mac, although he is somewhat frustrated by the way iTunes doesn't share songs between users.  AND his kids HATE the Mac because security on it is so good. (Carlo uses Parental Controls.)

Judith iChatted with me about cheap (or free) ways to use the Internet to communicate with her daughter in France.

[See TIPS for more on Safari Tabs, also Safari Parental Controls. iTunes sharing, and Internet telephony are likely candidates for future articles.—Chris]

And speaking of our global readership, WELCOME to new subscriber and Macintosh user, Sabine, who joins us from Germany.

:-)

 

Tiger Hunting 

(part 2 of at least 2: Printing)

Acknowledging that Tiger is an improvement, but that IT'S NOT PERFECT, we looked last time at the annoying Microsoft Proxy problem. In this issue we take a mercifully quick look at printing.


PRINTING - I know, I know, I've gone on before about things most of you don't remember, like how EASY it was to pick and configure a printer when we had a "Chooser" in Oh ESS NINE. For you youngsters, it was about like this: Open a window, choose a local network segment, look at the list of printers, and pick one. You could tell the Mac to configure the printer itself, it would 'query' the printer and choose the right Postscript driver. In fact, the printer team at Microsoft scrambled day and night for seventeen years, (from what I hear, only breaking, once annually, for less than an hour,  to celebrate Bill Gates' birthday), to copy this incredible 'ease of use' into Windows. Although some of the team had retired as stock-option millionaires by then, with the release of Windows XP Professional, they did it! They made cofiguring a printer in Windows, easy.


"Stop living in the past, OLD MAN!" You shout.


Okay. Has printing improved in Tiger?? If you're the average user, if you're lucky, you can go to the "Printer Browser", click on [Default Browser], and a 'Rendezvous' printer will appear. The printer driver is built into your Tiger version, and that's about all you have to do. And that's the way it should be.


But, not true with my HP All-in-one 1600. I had to 'install' the drivers from a CD. Then, I had to run the HP Printer Selector. What the heck is a Printer Selector? And why does my Mac need it?? Did that really happen? Or was it a bad dream? It doesn't seem possible, but I'm sure it happened...and, everything works great now, but...how did I get there??   It wasn't easy, but it was relatively painless.


If, however, you have a network of even minor complexity, or yikes! work at a Big Dumb Corporation (BDC) or a BDSchool that has lots of different types of printers and networks and protocols, BE PATIENT. Eventually, you will probably get this to work! But it requires persistence, and many trips to the Printer Setup utility (formerly known as 'Print Manager'). And please, don't be shy about asking for professional assistance.


Macintosh printing has not gotten easier. The Mac can print to just about any printer on the planet, over almost any network on the planet, using any protocol in the universe. If you like to be confused by a labyrinth of choices, confounded by incredible compatibility, or puzzled by ponds of protocols—Unix, Windows, Appletalk, IP, Bluetooth, Firewire, USB—the whole Geek Speak printer library is right there in the "Print & Fax" System Preference. This is definitely a place where 'Windows Envy' rightfully exists, because configuring a Windows printer is STILL easier, and has been ever since X first appeared. I HATE to say it, but it is TRUE.


Next time, what happened to file sharing???  :-)


:-)



Podservations
They Break! - iPods break. Face it; it just happens. Your iPod is a small fragile piece of technology and beautiful design that you want to use ALL the time. And probably do. You take it walking, running, biking, driving. You take it to the store when you shop, you take it to Asia when you travel, some people even take their iPods swimming or in the shower (not recommended!). The result? Your iPod falls out of your car into the snow when you arrive at the party, and someone runs over it before you realize it's gone (next time, buy the black one). Your Nano screen gets permanently frosted when the dumb kid trying to Superglue your fingers together at the sleepover pulls it from your hand. The touchpad on your Mini just stops working—maybe because you just LOVE to shuffle through your songs ALL the time and NEVER get through a whole playlist—and your 40 Gig 4G dies because...well, because it has a 40 Gig hard drive that was never meant to travel in your hip pocket! So what can you do?

First, recognize it happens. And if you think you're going to keep your iPod for more than a year (the length of Apple's warranty), buy the AppleCare service contract! I know. It's fifty bucks. That seems like a lot, but I'm telling you, your iPod is going to break. It's just a matter of when. When it does, if it's in warranty or under AppleCare, Apple is going to replace it. They're not going to try to fix it, if it's really broken. They might replace it with a re-furbished model, but they're going to replace it. Period. For up to three years from purchase. After that, you're on your own.

If you don't have AppleCare and it's out of warranty? Like I said, they won't fix it. If you go to your local Apple Store, they might fiddle with it to see if it's something easy, but other than that, they'll give you 10% off the price of a new iPod for trading in your dead one. Can you trade in a dead Shuffle for 10% off on a $400 5G (video) iPod? I think you can. Can you collect a bunch of dead iPods and trade them all in for a brand new 5G?? Uh, I don't think so, but if you try it, let me know.

And what happens to all your songs and playlists and data and everything else when your iPod goes to Apple Heaven?? Gonzo. Nobody is going to try to recover that for you. (And hopefully nobody is going to try to copy your songs or view your data!) With any luck, you still have everything on your Mac or PC safely lodged in your iTunes Library. Make sure you back that up to CDs or DVDs too, because your hard drive is going to break someday. Face it; it just happens.  :-)



Know the Difference
Mouse Hunt (Part 2 of 3)- Last issue, we took the Disneyland tram through Mouse History World, ending up in Apple's disappointing and mis-spelled "Mighty Mouse" display. There are, friends, many mice out there. I've been SEARCHING such a long, long, time for the right mouse, and I'm going to say now—forever putting an end to those who claim I am an apologist for Apple—"Forget Apple mice". Better yet, when you buy a new Mac that comes with Might Mouse (I'm sure that was its real name, and someone added the 'y' by mistake), return it to Apple store, if you can tolerate waiting behind the long line for broken iPods, and tell them to fix the darn thing! That said, does anyone still use a "mechanical mouse"? You can probably buy a 'mechanical' mouse somewhere, but WHY would you want one? Because it costs two dollars? SO WHAT? Optical means no rollers, no dirt and dust, no MOUSEPAD. [See Ridiculously Obvious Mouse Repair in 'Tips', below.] Blind technology is old technology, and when you're talkin' technology—and we are—old is bad. So, we're talking optical mice here.

I'm talking about mice, not desktop pointing devices, track balls, and all that junk. Mice. Finally, I'd like to have a good WIRELESS mouse, because, who wants wires? So I'll cover that a bit.

Here's what I've found:

The 'Basic Optical' Microsoft Mouse - I didn't want to use a Microsoft Mouse, and I certainly am too prejudiced to pay for a high-end MS mouse, but someone handed me a basic MS mouse, so I tried it. It works. That's about it. Unlike MS Mice of yore, the design is symmetrical, so you can use left, right, or both, hands. [Actually ALL these mice are symmetrical. We've come so far!!] It is definitely 'basic'. It feels cheap and hollow, kind of like a meringue with a wire, and the cursor jumps all over the place. I actually tried a couple of these because I couldn't believe this mouse was as jittery as Chris thirty minutes after a Three-Shot Latte. But it is. No matter how much I tweaked the settings. Noticeably so. And, although there are some OS NINE drivers with 'Intellimouse' special features, I couldn't find any drivers that did anything special on X. On the up side, at least you can say all the buttons work. [Get the hint?] So much for Billabong.

The Kensington Pocketmouse Pro Wireless Mouse - Comes with a special USB transmitter, since it does not use built-in Bluetooth. It burns double-AA batteries like a fiend, and constantly loses contact with the computer! Not permanently, just for awhile, then you have to fiddle with the buttons until the mouse and the receiver make contact again. What an annoyance! At least you can turn the power off, but you have to remove the USB adapter and tuck it into a little door in the side of the mouse. That turns it 'off', but couldn't they just give us a switch? Scrolling seemed fairly 'fine', and Kensington makes a great customizable driver, allowing you to assign the buttons to special features in different applications. Unfortunately, I didn't find this was enough of an attraction to keep me on board with all the other diddling around. Next!

The MacAlly iOptiNet - That takes us to the MacAlly camp. I had a MacAlly iOptiNet on my iMac Graphite for years. It was great, until it died. I thought I could get the same iOptiNet back, so I bought three for about $16 each. Unfortunately, five years later, these are not the same mice. The scroll button (the rolling button) clicks in very large and inconsistent increments. Jeez. Why is it so hard to get stuff that works?? One of the three mice only works intermittently. A certain pre-teen boy playing Runescape seems to be able to knock it out of commission pretty consistently. When that happens, I unplug it, try it on a couple of different Macs, and eventually it recovers. Sometimes the scroll button doesn't scroll at all, other times it scrolls in huge jumps. Very disappointing for a man in search of precision.

The MacAlly iOptiJr - And what of 'Junior'? Essentially the same mouse as iOptiNet in a smaller package. I like the size of this mouse. It seems to work consistently but still suffers from the gross scroll clicks of its Daddy. And I have to say, both of these MacAlly guys are not recognized by the special MacAlly mouse driver. MacAlly is not particularly on the ball with keeping the driver updated, much less improving it. I could live with Junior, but I'd really rather have a mouse that does what I want!

Will I ever fulfill my destiny and find the right mouse??? More mystical mouse ruminations next time!


And That's The Difference.  



Podcast Review
AvoidAsk A Ninja This is a Video podcast. It's free. In each 2 or 3 minute episode the Ninja answers a question submitted by a viewer (right!). I'm telling you to avoid it because it is sooooo dumb. And probably considered 'bad taste'. But the truth is, I love these, and have been known to roll around on the floor laughing at the silly Ninja answers.

TryThe World: Technology Public Broadcasting, with Clark Boyd, from the BBC. I can't help it, I LOVE these. Clark is a bit geeky, (and a bit cheeky too, always asking us to tell 5 friends about his podcast), but if you have any interest in what's happening in the world of technology, there are plenty of interesting stories here, from global warming, to cell phones in rural Africa, to the latest about Bird Flu, space travel, and the Internet. Clark tries to include stuff not included in regular broadcasts, so there is some merit to listening here, instead of on the radio. Highly recommended!

The content is out there—send me your suggestions, or reviews!


Tips

Secret OS/X Speed Up—A certain somebody, a VIP in my life, told me her Mac was fine, but that it seemed to get bogged down every so often. "Do you want me to look at it?" I offered.

"No," she replied blithely, "There were just too many files on the Desktop. I cleaned it up and that fixed it. It's fine now..."

"Hm," I pondered, "Are you sure I shouldn't take a look? You have Oh Ess TEN and that shouldn't really make a difference. In OS 9, there was a Desktop file that had to be 'rebuilt' every so often, but you really don't have to do that in Oh Ess TEN."

"No, that's okay," she replied indifferently, "This works. I just have to keep an eye on how many files are on the Desktop and clean it up every so often."

I tucked this supposed solution in the back of my mind as one of those "Mars/Venus" imponderables. Obviously, since I am a computer, nay, a Macintosh expert, I would know if her solution were even possible. Obviously, she just thought she was fixing it, but something else was happening. Maybe the normal Unix 'housekeeping' tasks were coincidentally fixing her problem when the computer was unattended. Something like that. So of course I was taken aback (isn't that I nice cliche?), I was taken aback when I saw on one of the Mac tech sites a tip for Macs that slow down: Clean up your Desktop. Too many files on the Desktop slow down the Mac. Why? It seems, there is a task called the 'Window Manager' which runs all the time, and keeps track of every window on your Mac. Whether it is open, where it is, it's size, everything. And the Window Manager sees every file and folder on the Desktop as a 'window' even if the file isn't necessarily 'open'. You have 500 files on your Desktop, and you have trouble keeping track of them? At least that's not your job, all the time. But it's the Window Manager's job, and sometimes the ol' WM just has to slow down!! So give the Window Manager a break! Keep your Desktop clean! [Who would have guessed? ]  :-)

Ridiculously Obvious Mouse Repair—We've talked of men, and mice. We've talked at length of the modern mouse, the mouse known as 'optical'. If this is all you've ever known, well, you must be a 'young person'. If you remember 'blind' mice, you probably remember mouse pads and mouse cleaning kits, and mouse surgery—removing and cleaning the rubber ball and rollers inside your mouse. Jeez! You used to have to do that when your cursor started floating across the screen, all by itself, or jumping all over the place when it was supposed to be just moving in one direction. Or not moving at all while you pushed the mouse at full arm's length all the way across your desk! Fortunately, this idiocy is a thing of the past. Mostly. If you have an optical mouse that exhibits these symptoms, it is probably time to throw it out and join the Crusade in search of a replacement. But before you leave your comfortable hovel for a horse and vest of heavy mail try this: First, are you mousing on a black or very dark surface? Some optical mice can't handle that. See if it works better on a different surface. Second, do you have a cat? Although modern mice have few or no moving parts, and generally don't need cleaning, a tiny, nearly invisible object—such as a single hair—lodged in the little well on the bottom of your mouse (the 'eye' where the red light appears), will wreak absolute havoc on your mousing!! Check it, clean it. And if that doesn't work, join the mouse hunt!!



Safari Bookmark Secrets!—We've discussed 'tabbed' browser windows, but there's much more to learn!

How do you clean up your Bookmarks?  From the Bookmark menu select "Show all Bookmarks", edit them on the screen that appears. Detailed instructions on editing your bookmarks goes WAY beyond the scope of this newsletter. Just try it! It's not that hard.

What does adding a Folder do?  Add a Bookmark Folder to group your Bookmarks. If you add a Folder to the Bookmarks bar, you create a menu of the bookmarks in that folder, and also make it possible to 'Open in Tabs'.

What is the Bookmarks Bar? Yikes! You mean you aren't using it? Go to the View menu and select "Show Bookmarks Bar". You can drag URLs from the URL Address field and drop them on this bar for future use. (This was an old Internet Explorer feature.) You can edit them from the "Show All Bookmarks". If you have a Folder of Bookmarks on this bar, you can quickly open everything in Tabs.

Open in Tabs? Yes. Say you have five sites and you want them all open now. Put them in a folder on the Bookmarks Bar, click on the item and go to the bottom of the menu and select "Open in tabs". This will open ALL the websites you have bookmarked. Extra special tip: If you put a checkmark in the 'Auto-click' box for that folder on the "Show All Bookmarks" page, you can 'Open in Tabs' with a single click. Try this first, it can be a little dangerous. Make sure you really want your Mac to open 20 web pages all at once!

Safari Parental Controls!—You can activate Safari Parental Controls in the Accounts System Preference. But what do they do? They block sites; they don't filter for content. In other words, you have to Bookmark the sites that you allow your blocked user to visit. If it's not on the Bookmark, it's not available. You can log in as the user and add sites to the Bookmark, but you will have to provide an Administrator ID and Password to make the change.

Safari Virus Prevention!—Go to the [General] panel in Safari Preferences and be sure that you UNcheck, "Open 'Safe' files after downloading".

More Tips next issue!




Special Bonus Keyboard Commands
Safari: Show Bookmarks Bar—[Command]+[Shift]+[B]

TFSB!!

:-)


  



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Lotus Notes and Domino Administration, Development, and Support - Serious corporate consulting. I may be glib and witty here, but I can put on a suit and speak geek with the best of them.  :-)  I'm looking for 1 month or longer projects or even full-time employment, preferrably in Western Central New Jersey. I'm a "Global Groupware and email Administrator and Architect" who has worked with teams in Asia and Europe. I specialize in IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. Certified R6.5 IBM Professional Administrator. I'm a Project Manager and implementation and deployment specialist who has managed local, national, and global roll-outs of hardware and software.


Writing and Editing - I would love to write for your publication or edit your work! I tend to do a lot of Technical Writing, but I have plenty of samples of all kinds of writing.  If you need this kind of help, or know someone who does, please contact me. Reasonable fees. Satisfaction Guaranteed. < chris AT Unpredictablemac dot com>


iPod Loading! And support. Now that you have your iPod, you discover you are too busy, or your time is worth too much to spend it feeding your Mac one CD after another for HOURS. Can't someone do it for you??? Of course!! HIRE ME!! For a minimal fee I'll load your iPod from your (commercially manufactured) CDs. And of course this service is available to both Mac and Windows iPod owners. Other options include custom playlists and DVD backup. Email me now and put "LOAD MY IPOD" in the Subject: < chris AT Unpredictablemac dot com>   :-)



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