Apple Computer has withdrawn its recent Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update, citing Ethernet problems on some Power Mac G4 desktop systems after installing the update. (Ironically, Ethernet problems were not among the several issues we had encountered with the update.) Apple hasn't said when it will re-issue the update or in what form; if you've been impacted by the Ethernet problem, a reported fix using the Terminal is currently posted on Apple's discussion boards; reverting to a previous AppleGMACEthernet.kext file also seems to seems to re-enable Etheret. Obviously, these solutions are not endorsed by Apple, and we at TidBITS have not confirmed them.
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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- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Comes and Goes (29 Sep 03)