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No Aprils Fools Day hint Site News
OK, I'll admit it: I don't have Rob's talent and passion for producing great April Fool's Day prank hints, so I won't make a fool out of myself by trying to match him at it. I apologize for breaking tradition; maybe if I start now I'll have some for next year.

In the meantime, here is a list of some of the past prank hints, including this gem from last year.

I'll instead exercise a bit of historical geekery by point to this collection of speculations on the origins of this most special of celebrations, which appears to have been mentioned by Chaucer in 1392.
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MacOSXHints Contest April Featured Hint Category Site News
The featured category for April is iTunes. Included can be hints for iTunes the software, the iTunes Store, and also things like Home Sharing and streaming for iOS devices. I'll certainly consider hints for iTunes for Windows as well, if people have them.

Please refer to the original post about the MacOSXHints Monthly Hint contest for further details.

We'll be judging the March submissions during the coming week and will notify the winning hint authors as soon as we vote.
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Congratulations to our Feb. contest winners Site News
Here are the winners (and their hints) for the MacOSXHints contest in February. Sorry about the delay in announcing; we had a couple of logistical issues to work out.

Rob Johnson, for 10.6: Enable AutoAnswer in FaceTime for the Mac.

Greg Walker, for Numbers: edit existing data without using the mouse.

Joseph Tchen, for iPhoto Gestures.

Seth Ahnert, for Collect movies with a Smart Album in iPhoto '11.

Congratulations, and thanks to all of you for your contributions.

Just a reminder, the featured topic for the March contest is web browsers, and there are still a few more days to tell us about them, including Firefox 4. Send in your discoveries and ideas!
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MacOSXHints Contest March Featured Hint Category Site News
Just a reminder -- the featured hint category for March is web browsers. Please submit new ideas and uses for Safari, Firefox, Chrome, OmniWeb, iCab, Opera or whatever other browsers you have tricks for. I hope there will be many of them.

Please refer to the original post about the MacOSXHints Monthly Hint contest for further details.

Thanks!
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Just a reminder... Site News
I'm still looking for hints about iLife '11 for this month's contest. iDVD and iWeb are both parts of that package as far as I'm concerned, even if they didn't get major updates. Also I will consider iMovie for iOS hints as well.

One other note: next Monday, Feb. 21st, is a U.S. Holiday, so I won't be publishing that day.

Craig A.
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Congratulations to our January contest winners Site News
Here are the winners (and their hints) for the MacOSXHints contest in January:

Brent Thompson, for 10.6: Automate Internet Sharing revisited.

Aaron Wyatt, for 10.6: Another way to lock your screen.

Andrew J. Freyer, for Select Tabs of Unresponsive Ribbon in Office 2011.

The fourth winner is Office 2011 Search change. This hint was submitted anonymously, but the author specifically requested that their prize be donated to the ACLU if they won, so we are honoring that request.

Congratulations, and thanks to all of you for your contributions.

Just a reminder, the featured topic for the February contest is iLife 11. I haven't seen many of those so it's a wide open area. Send in your discoveries and ideas!
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MacOSXHints Contest February Featured Hint Category Site News
The featured category for February is iLife 11.

Please refer to the original post about the MacOSXHints Monthly Hint contest for further details.

We'll be judging the January submissions during the coming week and will notify the winning hint authors as soon as we vote.
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The MacOSXHints Monthly Hint Contest Site News
The original posting was a bit long and was interfering with some folks' ability to easily get to the hints, so here is a shorter version. Please refer to the original for further details.

Just a reminder, the featured category for January is MS Office for Mac.
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No hints today Site News
We're on holiday for Martin Luther King Day in the U.S. today. Publishing will resume tomorrow.

Thanks to all the contributors so far this month; there are still a number of good things in the queue. Keep them coming.
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MacOSXHints 2011 Monthly Best Hints Contest Site News
I'd like to announce the launch of the 2011 MacOSXHints contest: The Mac OS X Hints Monthly Best Hint Contest. This is a little contest designed to reward our hint contributors throughout the year. Here are the basics of the Best Hints Contest:

Starting in the month of January 2011 (retroactive to January 1st) the Macworld editorial staff will be choosing the best hints that were published in each month, both overall and in a monthly Featured Category.

The Featured Category for January is Microsoft Office for Mac.

Each month, the winners will receive:
  • Best Overall Hint, First Prize: $250.00
  • Best Overall Hint, Second Prize: $250.00
  • Featured Category, First Prize: $250.00
  • Featured Category, Second Prize: $250.00
These are all in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, this is currently open only to submitters in the U.S. I am sorry about that, and if there is a way to open this up Internationally I will let you know about it right away.

As you might expect, there are rules that go with running a contest such as this one, and we want to make sure everyone reads the Official Rules prior to submitting a hint. In particular, I wanted to point out that you must include an email address to be eligible (if you're submitting a hint as an anonymous user). If you're a registered user, make sure you've provided a valid email address in your profile, as that's the only way we'll be able to get in touch with you.

It's also important to note that entries must be submitted via the standard MacOSXHints submissions page, not via an email to me (or any other method).

So if you've got a hint in mind, and you've just been waiting for a good excuse to type it up, now you have one! Finally, I'd like to thank Macworld for making this giveaway possible; the opportunity to do things such as this as a way to thank the members of the community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here and I'll do my best to post replies.

Hint away!

Craig A.
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