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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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Netflix Raising Prices for New Subscribers

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Despite no apparent change on the company Web site, Netflix has alerted existing Netflix members via email that it is raising prices for its streaming video service by $1 — from $7.99 to $8.99 per month — for new members. However, the company is guaranteeing the current $7.99 price to existing customers for two years.


The reason for the price increase is largely due to Netflix spending more on licensing content and creating original content, but it may also relate to peering deals Netflix recently cut with both Comcast and Verizon. The two ISPs have been accused of throttling Netflix content, but both companies have denied those claims.

 

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