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Provides a fast way to search and change between open Tabs or open tabs from History and Bookmarks.

Use the shortcut (Alt+Shift+R) to open the menu window.

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Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

Quick commands is an add-on inspired by Vivaldi’s Quick Commands that provides a similar window to search and open existing and former tabs.

Usage:

Open the quick-commands window with Alt+Shift+R (customizable from version 1.1.0 and Firefox 60 onwards)
Search and browse with the Up/Down Arrows .
Open the selected tab with Enter .
Esc closes the window, and your current shortcut for closing a tab (Ctrl+W/Cmd+W) will work just as well

Permissions:

The following permissions are requested upon installation (most are quite self-explanatory):
– tabs: For searching and switching between current open tabs
– history: To be able to search and display links from history
– bookmarks: To be able to search and display links from your bookmarks
– storage (from 1.0.0 onwards): To save your theme preferences (and sync them between devices if you are logged into your Firefox Account)

Ideas/Suggestions/Bugs:

Known:
– Open Settings/Downloads/other internal Firefox pages: on hold (most about: pages cant’ be opened from extensions)
– Add an entry for ‘Search with. ‘: on hold (there’s no search engines API yet and I’d rather not hardcode any search engine links into the extension)

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  • Access browsing history
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Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

Google today is rolling out its take on the news feed, a personalized stream of articles, videos, and other content. The feed will appear in its flagship app for Android and iOS, simply called Google. The feed, which includes items drawn from your search history and topics you choose to follow, is designed to turn Google’s app into a destination for browsing as well as search. Google is hoping you’ll begin opening its app the way you do Facebook or Twitter, checking it reflexively throughout the day for quick hits of news and information.

Google previewed its new feed in December, when it introduced the feature to its Android app. Previously, the space below the search bar was reserved for Google Now, the company’s predictive search feature, which displayed personalized weather, traffic, sports scores, and other information.

Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

With the introduction of the feed, the Google Now brand is going away, and the updates it used to contain are moving to a secondary tab called “updates.” The main space underneath the search bar will now contain a stream of cards related to your interests. In a demo at Google’s offices in San Francisco on Tuesday, a product manager’s feed included articles about the Oakland Athletics, a trending article about the Tour de France, and a 10-month-old blog post about a classical musician who she had previously seen in concert.

In most feeds, a 10-month-old blog post would appear stale and unwelcome. Google says it’s a sign of the company’s strengths — it can reach into the long tail of articles on the web, and surface them to audiences that missed them the first time around. Facebook and Twitter give priority to latest updates; Google says it’s working to prioritize relevance.

When you perform searches in the app, a subset of results will now show a “follow” button alongside results. News, sports, and entertainment stories are among the categories where you can expect to see follow buttons to start. Tap them and Google will work to bring you related content into the feed.

You can customize the feed by tapping the three dots on top of each card. From there, you can follow a subject or share the item on other social networks. You can also tell Google you’re “done with this story” and avoid seeing future updates, or tell it you don’t want to see any more articles from a particular publisher. You can’t follow individual publishers today, but publishers will surely clamor for it, and Google told me it will consider adding that feature eventually.

The Google feed came to my account Tuesday afternoon, and I spent a long while scrolling through it. The feed offered up articles on several of my interests: Netflix, Instagram, Game of Thrones, and the video game I’m currently playing (and have watched a bunch of YouTube videos about). The best topic I saw in the feed was “fake news,” and featured an article from Lifehacker on how to spot it.

Scroll far enough and you’ll get a basic, ambient sense of the day’s news. But few of the items I saw compelled me to read the article. Part of what makes Facebook and Twitter’s feeds compelling is the social endorsement that links there carry: you read because your friends tell you to, and you trust your friends. They also give you commentary and analysis around what you’re reading. In short, they feel lively — and the Google feed can feel stale by comparison.

It also draws on the underlying search technology responsible for Google’s featured snippets, which have historically spread misinformation about a wide range of subjects. The Outline reported earlier this year that Google promoted false news stories asserting that, among other things, Barack Obama was the “king of America” and was plotting a coup. Ben Gomes, who runs search at Google, told reporters Tuesday that the company had implemented “a whole bunch of changes” to prevent similar misinformation from spreading in the feed.

The most surprising thing about the Google feed, at least at launch, is how little video it contains. At a time when its peers are racing to cram as much video in their feeds as possible, Google’s is still mostly a text-based affair. When YouTube cards appear, videos won’t play within the feed — tapping kicks you out to the app or to a mobile-web version of the video. The cards are formatted in such a way that it’s easy to miss that they’re even videos. It’s all surprisingly clumsy.

For now, Google says there won’t be ads in the feed, although I imagine it would love to put them there eventually. Google is an ad business, after all, and it’s running out of places to put new ads on mobile devices. Earlier this year, it added a fourth advertising unit to search results in its mobile app, making you scroll down three screens before you see unpaid search results for some queries.

But with each passing year, we have had fewer reasons to open the Google app. Native apps from Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and others command more of our attention, making us less likely to begin our queries at the search bar. More recently, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana have been built into our device hardware, allowing us to bypass Google and search with our voice. Financially, Google is still on solid footing. But the trends are worrisome. Analyst Ben Thompson, among others, has written about the prospect that we have already hit “Peak Google.”

Viewed in that light, a Google feed was all but inevitable. The question is how quickly Google can improve it — and whether its users, whose lives are already dominated by feeds, will make room for another one.

Quick hits 11 firefox tab how-tos

Is a cheap Chromebook good enough for distance learning? That’s a question many families are facing as school begins and they frantically buy supplies—including, in some cases, new laptops.

If parents have weighed Windows laptops vs Chromebooks, one of the appeals of the latter is cost, especially if they have to buy several. But some of the cheapest Chromebooks we’ve seen come with some big caveats. We’ll go over the key factors to consider before you buy. Our recommendations below are new, nicely designed and affordable models you won’t regret.

Cheap Chromebooks for distance learning

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Check the Auto Update Expiration

The first thing you should do when considering any Chromebook, especially one that’s enticingly cheap, is to check it against Google’s Auto Update Expiration list. While Microsoft supports Windows PCs for a long time, Google sets a limit—currently five years from the product’s original ship date for most consumer models, though some (especially education and enterprise models) get a few years more.

When a Chromebook goes off support, Google won’t upgrade the Chromebook ChromeOS any further, which means no new features and no security patches. If you buy an older Chromebook, it’s already a few years closer to its expiration than a brand-new model would be.

My son spent most of last school year doing schoolwork on an original Chromebook Pixel from 2013, which was way out of date, with no problems whatsoever—but there are no guarantees. We’re surprised this Acer Chromebook C720 on Amazon is such a hot seller, given that Google expired it in June 2019.

Display quality: Resolution and brightness

A classic feature of cheaper Chromebooks is a lower-quality display. Whether you’re young or old, looking at a small, low-res screen for hours at a time can be fatiguing at best and detrimental at worst. That’s why you should buy a Chromebook with a Full HD (1920×1080) display if at all possible. An HD (1366×768) screen—often found on the cheapest Chromebooks—can be tolerated on smaller 11.6-inch displays, but we don’t recommend it.

The displays on cheaper Chromebooks can also be on the dim side. They may suffice for indoor use, but outdoor light will wash out the screen. If you can find a brightness spec, look for something 250 nits or higher.

Memory matters more than storage

While Chromebooks can store data locally, the vast majority of schoolwork is performed online. To my knowledge, neither of my children have ever saved something on to a Chromebook directly, so the size of the onboard storage rarely matters. PC enthusiasts may also prefer faster SSDs over an eMMC flash drive—but for a Chromebook? It really makes no difference, and you shouldn’t even really pay attention to how much storage a Chromebook has if your work is mostly or always done online.

Memory plays a bigger role, because that’s where your browser data is loaded. More memory means you can have more available browser tabs.

Most Chromebooks come with at least 4GB of memory. Anything less than that (such as 2GB) may have a detrimental effect—in fact, Zoom recommends 4GB of memory. A child in elementary school might not be using a Chromebook for more than Google Classroom, Zoom, and some other app. An older child might need to have multiple tabs open for research. With older students, teens, and adults, consider a Chromebook with a bit more memory. (Unfortunately, Chromebooks aren’t usually designed to be upgradeable.)

Connectivity

As with any laptop, smaller and thinner models tend to skimp on ports. Think about what you need to connect—such as a USB drive, a headset, or a display. In general, look for an HDMI port (for an external display option), a microSD or SD card slot for loading photos, and a USB-A port (ideally more than one) to plug in peripherals. You’ll also see USB-C ports on some Chromebooks, but usually not the cheaper ones.

Choosing an older, cheaper Chromebook might mean suffering with an older Wi-Fi radio. Generally, however, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi or better, plus Bluetooth, should work, even for Zoom’s bandwidth requirements of 2.5 Mbps for group video chats at 1080p resolution.

Webcam: Just make sure there is one

No teacher is going to care about the quality of a child’s webcam as long as there is one. A better webcam can make it easier to see your child, or make their work more visible if they’re holding it up for inspection, but a well-lit room can probably offset any shortcomings.

Processor performance: Zoom requires more

Chromebooks designed for browser-based schoolwork traditionally haven’t required much processor power—and often saved cost with lower-end chips. Now, however, both Zoom and YouTube play a more significant role.

YouTube shouldn’t give even old, cheap Chromebooks much of a workout, especially as YouTube automatically scales the resolution to deliver a good experience. But with Zoom becoming more prevalent, it might be worth leaning toward a Chromebook with an Intel processor, either a Celeron a full-fledged Core chip. Zoom’s system requirements call for a “1 GHz” processor for Zoom calls.

New research shows that friends increase your disease-fighting powers and longevity. Here’s how to prioritize your pals and improve your overall well-being.

We have lots to thank our friends for, from swooping in when the pet sitter flakes, to being there when the going gets tough, and listening to every little detail. But a growing body of research reveals that these stalwart companions do more than just have our backs: They can make us healthier. A 2016 University of Oxford study found that young adults who had large social networks were able to tolerate physical pain better, because they had higher levels of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. Researchers had them fill out a comprehensive personality questionnaire and, separately, squat against a wall—difference in physical fitness were factored into the results. For teens, having five or more mentally healthy friends can cut the chances of developing depression in half, per a 2015 study from England’s University of Warwick.

Friends bring benefits later in life, too. A 2011 study out of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center concluded that the rate of cognitive decline was reduced by about 70 percent in socially active elderly adults, compared with those who socialized less often. And on the flip side, going it alone is now being recognized as a real and quantifiable threat: “Lacking social connections carries the same risk for premature mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and exceeds the risk associated with obesity and physical inactivity,” explains Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Brigham Young University.

The science is straightforward. “We’re social animals. When we are around trusted others, we feel safer,” says Holt-Lunstad. By contrast, feeling isolated puts us on high alert, which can interfere with sleep, raise blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and gradually rev up inflammation. Time with friends quells that fight-or-flight response. It also provides a unique kind of emotional support. “Unlike family or coworkers, friends choose to be in our lives. When they show up for us, it’s incredibly validating. It helps us feel appreciated for who we are,” says Miriam Kirmayer, a therapist and friendship researcher at Montréal’s McGill University.

Adulting can make it hard to maintain these bonds, however. After around age 25, our friendships start to dwindle in number, according to a larger 2016 study published by the University of Oxford and Aalto University, in Finland. When we’re younger, best friends are as close as the top bunk at camp. Grown-ups have fewer built-in opportunities, and social plans often get stuck in rain-check purgatory. “We come to see friendships as a luxury for when we have time to indulge,” says Kirmayer. The sad consequence? Nearly half of Americans suffer from feelings of loneliness, found a 2018 Cigna survey. And data from the 2006 General Social Survey indicates that the number of people with no close confidants has tripled in recent decades.

Thankfully, the solution is a no-brainer. “We need to take these relationships just as seriously as we do diet and exercise,” says Holt-Lunstad. In other words, make like a middle schooler, and put your peeps first.

Go for Quality Over Quantity

“Having a few close friends is better for you than having many superficial ones,” says William Chopik, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. “What is most beneficial is how you feel about the relationship: Are you supported? Will they pick up the phone in the middle of the night? Those are the ones you should invest in.” Then safeguard your investments. Try teaming up for routine tasks: Experts agree that frequent hangouts are the superglue of strong ties. So when life is crazy, get creative.

“There are things we all have to do,” says Barbara Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Fairfield County, Connecticut. “Why not check them off together?” Book double manicures, or sync up to volunteer or vote—and keep the vibe positive, since experts say it’s easy for catch-ups with a bestie to devolve into venting sessions. “Share wins, too,” says Shasta Nelson, author of Frientimacy. Describe the high you felt finishing that 5K; ask your pal about her upcoming vacation. “You want to leave each other’s presence feeling better than when you arrived.”

Make a Commitment

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when we fall in love, our other relationships suffer. In fact, we lose two friends on average, per a 2015 University of Oxford study. And that’s shortsighted. In two trials with nearly 280,000 subjects, Chopik found that for older adults, supportive friendships were a stronger predictor of health and happiness than relationships with family members and spouses, because “we tend to end leisure time with friends, while more obligatory relationships can often lead to mixed emotions and stress,” he says.

Set a standing “friends date” to talk about a book or catch up over a meal, suggests Andrea Bonior, PhD, author of The Friendship Fix. She finds monthly meet-ups to be the most manageable, and therefore successful, for busy people. A recurring get-together takes the pressure off, too. “If you can come, great. If not, see you next time,” says Bonior. “Just having it on the calendar gets the momentum going.”

Engage Offline

Social apps create the illusion of a robust community, but science indicates that the more time we spend on them, the lonelier we feel. In 2018, University of Pennsylvania researchers tracked the time 143 college-age subjects sent on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. They then asked one group to restrict themselves to 10 minutes per platform per day for three weeks. Those subjects reported feeling measurably less depressed and lonely. One possible reason is that we have a limited amount of “social capital” (i.e. time and energy), and scrolling eats away at it, says Melissa Hunt, PhD, the study’s lead author.

Rather than reach for your laptop, try checking in more “intentionally,” says Nelson. Use posts to jumpstart meaningful face-to-face conversations. Some people are likelier to share unfiltered struggles when talking rather than typing, research shows, and those exchanges can build trust to keep bonds tight. Self-disclosure has also been shown to increase our likability—and while video chat is no substitute for an IRL hug, experts know the world is big, so FaceTime qualifies, too.

Don’t Forget Small Talk

Unless you’re Rachel or Monica, you probably don’t see your soul sisters every day. That’s why it’s beneficial to cultivate “weak ties,” or people you run into regularly but don’t know well: the cheerful goldendoodle mom at the dog park; the kale whisperer at the community garden. Gillian Sandstrom, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Essex, conducted a study asking subjects to count, using mechanical clickers, the number of times they talked to such people over a six-day period. Participants reported feeling happier on days with more clicks. “We go through life trying to get things done efficiently and don’t make time to engage,” Sandstrom says. “But even quick hits of connection can increase your sense of wellbeing and reduce loneliness.”

Put down your phone and say hi to the crossing guard or the barista who arts your latte the second he spots you. Says Sandstrom: “Research shows that both sides enjoy these exchanges more than they anticipate they will.”

See the campaign shoot starring Ashley Graham

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

Prabal Gurung used his fall 2017 show during New York Fashion Week as his platform to effectively send out two significant messages: 1) “the future is female,” with a parade of pro-feminist, politically fueled tees, and 2) the importance of diversity, by casting not only models of different races, but those, like Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring, who wear clothes that are larger than sample size. And Gurung wants you to know that no, this wasn’t an instance of stunt casting for a quick-hit way to gain attention or virality—and I know this because he said so himself a month ago when we sat down to chat about his upcoming Lane Bryant collection during the campaign shoot with Ashley Graham.

“I don’t believe in stunt casting—I hate it when people are like, ‘OK, I need however many of XYZ and however many of XYZ’ to fulfill some quota,” he tells InStyle. “I want to live in a world where this conversation is not a trending topic. It becomes the norm. I really am surprised at how slow our industry is at adapting to this because no longer is it interesting to have a one-dimensional point of view about fashion and beauty. We need to have a diverse conversation, and we have to wake up now and have this conversation now before it’s too late, because the world is already moving in that direction.”

After a series of events—his Lenny Letter about diversity in fashion, a trunk show where he saw that one curvy customer was too shy or intimidated to try on any clothing, and a panel he attended, where the issue of body inclusivity was never addressed—he took it upon himself to do something about it. And so, he partnered up with Lane Bryant to create a very well-edited collection of 12 looks that deliver his trademark Prabal Gurung greatness, but with a greater degree of accessibility.

“I’ve dressed everyone from the [former] First Lady to the Duchess of Cambridge to A-listers, and I have my Shikshya Foundation that educates women and girls; so now, how am I dressing for a certain size?” he asks. “In order for me to have a holistic conversation about what fashion truly is today, then I have to give choices to women.”

He’s quick to point out that the “Prabal Gurung woman” is virtually the same as the “Prabal Gurung for Lane Bryant woman.” She’s self-assured, she’s chic, and she defines herself, not by her dress size, but by her knowledge and experiences. And for Gurung, designing for that woman means sophistication, quality, and considered design. The zipper detail around the waist of a leather jacket carves out an hourglass silhouette, the black jumpsuit has a wrap top that’s adjustable to your bust, and a lace-up pencil skirt hugs every curve in the best way possible. “I live for those little details—it’s like a secret between me and my consumer,” he says. “It’s special, and I wanted her to have that with this collection.”

For him, the obvious choice for his muse, the model for his campaign was Ashley Graham. “She’s immensely inspiring and just so amazing,” Gurung says. “I wanted her to represent the collection because she is the woman I design for—not just for Lane Bryant, but for everything.”

The admiration is mutual too. “I was like, he’s here for the big girls!” Graham says of her reaction when she first learned about the collab. “It’s really exciting because there’s not a lot of designers who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and create a line specifically for curvy women. And Prabal being one of the highest end designers that [Lane Bryant] has ever worked with is huge. Word on the street is that you cannot find high-end designer clothing in your size, and now—boom—Lane Bryant’s going to offer it to you. So, there you go.”

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection will be available Feb. 27 at lanebryant.com and Lane Bryant stores. To see more of Graham’s campaign images and the full lookbook click here.

What do you think of the new collaboration?

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Business communication is plagued with jargon only those in the know understand. Sometimes it feels like there is another language being spoken when acronyms are being used throughout a conversation, making it that much more difficult to keep up with what is being said.

With so many business jargon acronyms, listing all of them would require a dictionary. But the following 75 acronyms are the most common terms used by businesses, so the next time you hear or see them, you will know exactly what they mean.

75 Business Jargon Acronyms

  1. AIDA: Attention, Interest, Desire, Action
  2. AOV: Average Order Value
  3. AP: Accounts Payable
  4. API: Application Program Interface
  5. AR: Accounts Receivable
  6. B2B: Business to Business
  7. B2C: Business to Consumer
  8. BR: Bounce Rate
  9. BS: Balance Sheet
  10. CFP: Certified Financial Planner
  11. CLV: Customer Lifetime Value
  12. CMS: Content Management System
  13. CPA: Cost Per Acquisition / Action
  14. CPC: Cost Per Click
  15. CPU: Cost Per Unit
  16. CPU: Central Processing Unit
  17. CR: Conversion Rate
  18. CRM: Customer Relationship Management
  19. CSO: Chief Security Officer
  20. CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
  21. CTA: Call to Action
  22. CTO: Chief Technology Officer
  23. CTR: Click Through Rate
  24. CX – Customer Experience
  25. DNS: Domain Name System
  26. EOD: End of Day
  27. EPC: Earnings Per Click
  28. EPS: Earnings Per Share
  29. FIFO: First in, First Out
  30. FTP: File Transport Protocol
  31. GMS: Gross Margin Sales
  32. HTML: HyperText Markup Language
  33. HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol
  34. HTTPS: HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure
  35. IM: Instant Messaging
  36. IP: Internet Protocol
  37. IPO: Initial Public Offering
  38. IPTV: Internet Protocol Television
  39. ISP: Internet Service Provider
  40. KPI: Key Performance Indicator
  41. LIFO: Last in, First Out
  42. LWOP: Leave Without Pay
  43. MLM: Multi-Level Marketing
  44. MoM: Month on Month
  45. NAV: Net Assets Value
  46. NSFW: Not Safe for Work
  47. P&L: Profit and Loss
  48. P/E: Price to Earnings
  49. PPC: Pay Per Click
  50. PTO: Paid Time Off
  51. QA: Quality Assurance
  52. QR Code: Quick Response Code
  53. RFD: Radio Frequency Identification
  54. ROA: Return on Assets
  55. ROE: Return on Equity
  56. ROI: Return on Investment
  57. RSS: Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication
  58. SaaS: Software as a Service
  59. SEM: Search Engine Marketing
  60. SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  61. SERP: Search Engine Results Page
  62. SLA: Service Level Agreement
  63. SMB: Small to Medium Business
  64. SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
  65. TOS: Terms of Service
  66. TLTR: Too Long to Read
  67. UI: User Interface
  68. URL: Uniform Resource Locator
  69. UX: User Experience
  70. VOD: Video on Demand
  71. VPN: Virtual Private Network
  72. WAHM: Work at Home Mom
  73. XML: Extensible Markup Language
  74. YOY: Year on Year
  75. YTD: Year to Date

This is a small list of the many business jargon acronyms being used, but when you add industry-specific terms and social media, it can quickly get overwhelming. It’s enough to make me SMH (Shake My Head). But at least this handy reference will give you a place to look up some of those confusing acronyms when they appear.

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    hcuar

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    FuzzyBallz

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    • Sep 26, 2004
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  • Looks like it uses notebook type keys. Pass.

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    ChrisFromCanada

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    • Sep 26, 2004
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    Abstract

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    zagato27

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    • Sep 26, 2004
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  • djkny

    macrumors 6502
    • Sep 26, 2004
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  • leaving a powerbook keyboard to use another “powerbook” keyboard seems redundant.

    I have the Matias — now that’s a keyboard.

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    grapes911

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    • Sep 26, 2004
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  • leaving a powerbook keyboard to use another “powerbook” keyboard seems redundant.

    I have the Matias — now that’s a keyboard.

    Leaving an apple keyboard to use another “apple keyboard” seems redundant.

    djkny

    macrumors 6502
    • Sep 26, 2004
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  • Leaving an apple keyboard to use another “apple keyboard” seems redundant.

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    grapes911

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    • Sep 26, 2004
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    stealthy

    macrumors member
    • Sep 27, 2004
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  • leaving a powerbook keyboard to use another “powerbook” keyboard seems redundant.

    I have the Matias — now that’s a keyboard.

    Now that does look nice.

    Could the “feel” be compared to that of the Powerbook 1400c?

    macrumors 6502
    • Sep 27, 2004
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  • google is your friend

    lots of pics here:

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    toezter

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    • Oct 3, 2004
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  • but this icekey looks a lot nicer. is the icekey compatable with windows?

    btw, i LOVE laptop keys compared to “normal” keyboard keys. much quieter IMO.

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    Catfish_Man

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  • leaving a powerbook keyboard to use another “powerbook” keyboard seems redundant.

    I have the Matias — now that’s a keyboard.

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    zagato27

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  • but this icekey looks a lot nicer. is the icekey compatable with windows?

    btw, i LOVE laptop keys compared to “normal” keyboard keys. much quieter IMO.

    earthtoandy

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    rhpenguin

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  • I had a logitech elite keyboard and traded it for a newer apple pro keyboard. It just felt nicer and didnt have the windows keys on there either.

    To be honnest, the apple pro keyboard is one of the nicest ive used imo.

    Whigga Spitta

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    • Oct 6, 2004
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  • za9ra22

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    • Oct 6, 2004
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  • Tactile Pro keyboard

    The only problem with the Tactile Pro is that it’s very loud. Has great feel – better than anything I ever used once IBM stopped making the old AT extended keyboard.

    I still use old ABD Apple Extended II keyboards with both my PC and G4 in the office though – the noise of my tapping away on a Tactile Pro would drive my colleagues up the wall!

    Oh, and I’ve noticed the Tactile’s key labels are starting to wear off too.

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    Mike’s notes from the XML in Practice session at the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference 2/9/09

    This was the second-half of a day-long set of XML tutorials. In the morning, there was an Introduction to XML for Publishers talk that I did not attend. If you’re interested, you can find the description of that session and the presenter’s slides here.

    The descriptions, slides, handouts, and working files for XML in Practice can be found here.

    Speaker 1: Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions)

    Bill spoke about XML Models for books. He gave quick-hit looks at several XML schema for describing book content: ISO 12083, TEI, NLM, DocBook, DITA, and DTBook. He described how there often is no easily identifiable target schema for most publishers because “books are messy,” meaning they are often more complex than they seem and require some degree of customization, no matter what schema you choose for your XML workflow. I wholeheartedly agree. Here’s my 2 cents on two of the most popular schema for books, DocBook and DITA:

    The advantage of working with off-the-shelf schema is that they are widely understood and a number of XML tools support them out-of-the-box. If you can avoid customization, you’ll save time, work, and money. But there is no magic. Books are messy.

    DocBook was designed to describe technical documentation. Though it describes narrative documents (books, of course), it may not (probably won’t) fit your content precisely, and you’ll either have to make do or end up doing other sorts of customization (and paying for it somewhere else along the line). Still, it has been around a long time (since long before there was such a thing as XML). It wouldn’t have survived and thrived if it hadn’t been very useful for publishers.

    DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) was also designed to describe technical documentation, but in a very different way. It describes independent chunks of content called topics, linked together to make documents. It’s relatively new and has become very popular very quickly. Lots of tools support DITA out of the box. You just press the DITA button and start writing. It is wonderfully efficient for creating those chunks. But it is very hard to bring existing narrative content into DITA, (or to make nicely-flowing narrative content out of DITA), because it is so granular and modular. One of the keys for choosing a schema is finding one not only with appropriate tags for your content, but also right level of granularity.

    If you want a wider view of the issues involved with creating an XML publishing workflow, you might want to check out the ongoing series of articles on that topic by Eric Damitz, one of my partners on Publicious.net. OK, now back to the O’Reilly show.

    Bill Kasdorf also spoke a little about epub. epub is an XML standard for producing eBooks. It is composed of three open standards, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), all produced by the IDPF.

    IDFP maintains user forums where you can ask questions and learn more about epub.

    Font rights are an issue. (I believe all fonts are born with certain inalienable rights: life, ligatures, and the pursuit of happiness. But I digress.) IDPF is working on font-mangling spec for epub to prevent pirates (Arrr!) from extracting fonts from epub.

    Speakers 2 & 3: Bob Kelly, The American Physical Society and John Gardner, ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.

    Their topic was Universally Usable Mainstream Online Publishing. They spoke about the challenges and benefits of working in XML to make content accessible. Here are a few interesting technologies they referenced.

    ONIX is an XML standard for marketing and distribution information about published material.

    Fire Vox is a free open source, talking browser extension for the Firefox. Install it and it acts a screen reader for content in Firefox.

    The IVEO learning system by ViewPlus enables you to output an SVG file in three sensory modalities: sight, sound, and touch (utilizing an embosser). If this interests you, hang on to your copy of InDesign CS3, since CS4 does not export SVG.

    Speaker 4: Norman Walsh (Mark Logic Co.)

    Norm’s topic was “Where is the New When.” He spoke about the possibilities of adding geospatial information to content. He cited new opportunities for delivering (pushing) content to people with devices (basically phones with GPS) that know where they are. The example: you can get a message that the bar down the block has half-price drinks right now. You can also seek out geospatial content. So you can search for a sushi restaurant nearby that has a movie theater and an ATM within certain radius. Clearly we’re talking Big City stuff, but you get the point.

    What is meant by “were is the new when?” One example is that instead of having our search results ordered by most recent first, we can have them ordered by distance from our location.

    Some digital cameras have GPS chips to tag the images taken with them. Norm showed a map that aggregated data from hundreds of geotagged Photoshop images. It looked like one of those “Earth at night” images. The datapoints made a perfect outline of the US, with cities, and even major highways visible (apparently people take a lot of pictures as they drive down the road). Not sure exactly how this relates to publishing books, magazines, journals, etc, but it was neat.

    Speaker 5: Marisa DeMeglio (DAISY Consortium)

    In XML circles, DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information SYstem. It is the stage name for the NISO Z39.86 standard. (You can see why they needed to come up with something catchy like “DAISY”). It is a standard for making digital content accessible to blind, visual impaired, print-disabled, and learning-disabled people. When you follow the DAISY standard, you produce a Digital Talking Book (dtbook). The dtbook DTD is the set of tags and rules for creating a valid dtbook XML file. A subset of the DAISY format comprises the NIMAS (National Instructional Material Accessibility Standard) for K-12 core student-facing content. There are several tools worth knowing about for working with DAISY.

    The Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word allows you to save content from Word XP, Word 2003, and Word 2007 as DAISY output.

    Odt2dtbook is an OpenOffice.org Writer extension, that allows you to save content from OpenOffice documents as DAISY output.

    The DAISY Pipeline is a very cool, open source package for converting files to and from DTBook format.

    Design Science makes an product called called MathDaisy (currently in beta, PC-only : p), which handles the math content for either the DAISY Pipeline or the Save As DAISY add-in for Word.

    And some obscure application called InDesign CS4 can export dtbook XML in an epub document (via the Export to Digital Editions feature).

    Next up: Google Book Search, Adobe, and Quark.