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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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Farewell to Michael S. Hart, Founder of Project Gutenberg

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On Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, Michael S. Hart passed away at the age of 64. Hart was considered by many the inventor of the ebook, and was the founder of Project Gutenberg, the well-known and highly regarded online library of free ebooks. It’s no exaggeration to say that Hart’s work was a driving inspiration to many pioneers of electronic publishing. We all owe him an enormous debt.favicon follow link