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DesignGeek #53

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May 24, 2006 - 1:00am

But First, a Note to My Geek Friends

It's not your imagination, I've only been able to manage one DesignGeek issue a month for the past couple/three months. I'm not going anywhere and I'll be returning to my twice-a-month schedule shortly. (I love that term, "shortly." Could be 15 minutes … could be 15 weeks. A very forgiving term.) But I will be writing at least one issue every month; it's truly my favorite "job" out of all the things I spend my time on. And the backlog of story ideas … egads, it's enormous.

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What's Different about this File?

The other day I was looking at a custom keyboard shortcut set I had made in Illustrator (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts) and trying to remember what changes I had made to the default keyboard shortcuts that caused me to save this custom set in the first place. What was different about this keyboard shortcut set? Which commands had I thought important enough to change?

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Fastest Way to Translate a Web Page

English speakers: When you arrive at a web page that's in a language you don't understand, try this:

1. Copy the URL of the web page from the browser address area to the Clipboard (Edit > Copy).

2. Click inside your browser's Google Search field (or go to and click in the Search field there)

3. Paste the URL (Edit > Paste) into there and hit Return/Enter.

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