I Come to Bury iReview, Not to Praise It -- Apple has quietly turned out the lights on iReview, which it rolled out a little over a year ago with iCards and iTools as part of a Mac-centric Internet strategy (see "I Say, Apple's iStrategy is iMpressive" in TidBITS-512.) iReview was intended to be a stepping stone for new Internet users by providing reviews of Web sites along with user feedback and commentary. Unfortunately, iReview seems to have fallen into the same trap that doomed other review sites: there are simply too many Web sites to review, and the expense of a top-notch editorial staff on an effort which brings in no direct revenue is hard to justify - especially given the current rounds of belt-tightening in high-tech companies like Apple. Folks looking for Web site recommendations for children and schools might look at Apple's EdView, which many find useful despite it being out of date in places and lacking long reviews or user feedback. [GD]
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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