Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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This week starts with Apple's announcement of the Japanese Language Kit, a programmer's After Dark module contest, PowerBooks on the space shuttle, and a warning about using two TelePort modems at once. Most importantly, we review the excellent Toner Tuner, which saves toner on each printout, look at how to be more environmentally gentle in your computer use, and investigate a strange problem affecting Quadra 800 users with 16 MB SIMMs.
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Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Several months ago, Apple introduced a special bundle consisting of its 16" color monitor and an E-Machines DoubleColor SX graphics cardShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers As we reported in TidBITS #173, at last month's Seybold conference Apple introduced the Japanese Language Kit, the first product to take advantage of the company's WorldScript technologyShow full article
VAMP (Vereniging Actieve Mac Programmeurs - Association for Active Mac Programmers), a Dutch non-profit association, is organizing a programming competition for After Dark module programers. Unlike similar contests sponsored by After Dark developer Berkeley -- Systems, VAMP will choose a winner based solely on programming creativity and skill, rather than visual aestheticsShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Readers who have an ADB model of the TelePort modem from Global Village Communication and are about to install one of Global Village's newer serial modems (the TelePort/Silver or TelePort/Gold) should be aware of problems with using both modems with one Macintosh. The first problem occurs when you install the TelePort serial software - the installer erases the TelePort ADB software during installationShow full article
I recently attended an interesting talk about PowerBooks in space. It was given by Bill Shepard, a NASA astronaut and shuttle crew member, who took a PowerBook 170 up with him on his flight last yearShow full article
OK, so I'm being facetious. The real name of Working Software's new extension is Toner Tuner, and there is nothing fishy about it. In fact, it's one of the easiest-to-understand utilities I've seen in a long timeShow full article
Copyright 1992 Don Rittner, MUG NEWS SERVICE More than 75 million Americans own a personal computer, and this number is rapidly climbing as computers become more affordableShow full article
Some early adopters of Apple's most powerful Macintosh, the Quadra 800, have run into a bit of a problem with RAM. The 800 can address up 136 MB of RAM if you pop four 32 MB SIMMs in alongside the 8 MB soldered on, although 16 MB SIMMs are a bit more commonShow full article