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Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word

In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.

I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.

When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.

 
 

Lytro Promises to Revolutionize Photography

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By recording and processing the direction of light rays entering its sensor, the forthcoming Lytro camera promises to provide previously impossible features, such as the capability to focus on any part of a photo, at any time, or even bring an entire photo into focus at once. The camera isn’t slated for release until later in 2011, but you can play with refocusing photos and read more about the technology on Lytro’s site now (the picture gallery requires Flash on a Mac, but does work in iOS via HTML5).favicon follow link

 

Comments about Lytro Promises to Revolutionize Photography
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Jim Williams  2011-06-22 19:09
I just scanned Dr. Ng's thesis, what a beautiful piece of work! I frequently cope with blurry photos and after-the-fact sharpening algorithms. What a wonderful breakthrough this is!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-24 06:08
The New York Times has a nice article about Lytro too.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/technology/22camera.html
It's worth mentioning that the interactive aspect of the gallery shots doesn't exist if you use a Flash blocker such as the "ClickToFlash" extension for Safari. It's not obvious that there's any Flash content in the page, so you have to right-click and select "Load All Flash".

Otherwise, you'll be left scratching your head for a while - like I was - wondering what the fuss is all about. :-)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-27 07:13
Interestingly, if you view the site on an iOS device, it uses some sort of HTML5 approach for the picture gallery. It's not great, but it sort of works, even without Flash.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-30 13:53
Our own Glenn Fleishman has now written about this topic for the Babbage blog at The Economist.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/06/computational-photography