The Lotus-Eaters -- Remember when the aborted Microsoft-Intuit merger - valued at over $2 billion - would have been the largest such deal in the history of the computing industry? No more! IBM today announced a $60 per share bid to take over Lotus Development Corporation. If the deal goes through it would be valued at approximately $3.3 billion, and IBM indicates it intends to pay for the purchase from "cash on hand." Lotus has resisted tight ties with IBM in the past, and this takeover bid has been characterized as "potentially hostile, IBM pursuing legal action to prevent Lotus from using a "poison pill" anti-takeover strategy. As of mid-morning, Lotus stock was up more than 25 points, with a volume over 10 million shares. [GD]
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.
- IBM's Been Taking Notes (12 Jun 95)