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A thread can be a very useful item when sewing a button onto a shirt or hemming pants. It can be the action of putting a strand of fiber through the eye of a needle, or it can be my new favorite friend, an internet thread.

If you don't know what I am talking about, I will reference my dictionary again and let you know one definition of thread is computing a group of linked messages posted on the Internet that share a common subject or theme. That is the thread I have come to love.

The other morning I came to work and decided it was time to install my suggested software updates. I don't enjoy doing this task because it can be time consuming and I often am prompted to restart my computer right when I am in the middle of something.

After installing a necessary security update on my Mac, I restarted my computer and began working again. All of the sudden my computer would "flip out" of the current program window I was in, and enter into another program I had open. This was terribly annoying. I would be typing an email and all of the sudden (still typing) I was not on my desktop! It was annoying and at one point freaked me out. I began my usual attempt to fix the problem. Empty the trash, Delete 6000+ emails, get rid of proofs from November, clean up my desktop, organize my fonts and my last effort was to restart the computer.

Restart complete, I began working again and within a minute or so, boom, there was my computer flip flopping between applications. I really started to freak out. Had I ruined my work computer? There is nothing fun about telling your boss that "something happened" to your computer.  To no avail I began surfing the internet. But what on earth do I google? The list began as this:

Mac OSX 10.4.11 flip flops between applications and finder
Mac OSX flip flops windows
Mac OSX 10.4.11 issues

And then I found this: A forum, Mac OSX Finder Weirdness, with a nice short thread (5 entries) that explained exactly what my problem was. Two clicks later, Stuffit Deluxe Preference turned off and I was all set and so glad I didn't have to tell my boss "something happened" to my computer.