Where is the Special Character For easily finding and entering special characters, the
simplest and most effective tool I've found is PopChar 2.2.1 (see page 14).
[http://www.macility.com/products/popcharx/]. It, too, lives in the OS Menu Bar and is available
in a `text' using application.
Norton Utilities (Mac) is Dead and Gone Symantec, at the time Apple selected TechTool
Pro as its recommended disk repair software utility, stopped developing Norton Utilities for the
Macintosh (page 16). That is a real shame, because Micromat's product has irreversibly trashed
more of my friends' hard disks this year than the Symantec product did over its lifetime of our
use. At the advice of a trusted software Macintosh support expert at a major corporation, this is
one of the few products I shall never use on my computer. (Safety First I clone my disk at least
every two weeks, and key folders whenever they significantly change.)
Alphabetizing Bookmarks The freeware product that allow alphabetized bookmarks,
SafariSorter (page 57) no longer exists. It has been replaced with the shareware product named
Bookdog 1.2, and will be the subject of a future shareware review.
Mac Annoyances is a useful, easy to read book full of annoyance solutions that were easy to
implement. It also was a good read, full of interesting hints, tidbits, and a bit of gentle humor, all
of which I enjoyed. I recommend it to all Macintosh users.
As noted by David Weeks in
January 2005, Mac Annoyances is a fine collections
of hints and tips to get around the rough edges of OS X...When I first cracked open Mac
Annoyances, I thought it would be not much more than a collection of shopworn hints that only
newbies would appreciate. I was quite wrong...there are plenty of tasty tidbits to enjoy.
The book is well worth 4.5 macC's
I just got word that O'Reilly has published Word Annoyances Wrestling Word into Submission
by Guy Hart Davis. So, with a little bit of luck, you'll read about that book in the September
macC. I'm looking forward to the review because I am more annoyed with MS Word 2004 than
with any other software program I use daily. John Rizzo's information on Microsoft Office
Annoyances (Word, pages 72 85) doesn't even scratch the major itch I get whenever I use that
necessary but annoying program.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8