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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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Microsoft Launches “Escape from XP” Game

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Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old operating system to get over it. In the browser-based game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers.favicon follow link