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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Apple’s Green Data Centers

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Writing for Wired, Steven Levy profiles Lisa Jackson, the former EPA head who now serves as Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives. Tim Cook’s Apple has invested heavily in minimizing its impact on the environment, and Jackson is leading the charge in making its data centers, corporate campuses, and retail stores powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Apple’s corporate campuses and data centers are already at 94 percent, up from 35 percent in 2010.favicon follow link