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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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RAM Prices Increase

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Fireworks weren't the only thing blowing up on the Fourth of July this year. In Japan the Sumitomo epoxy plant, which made most of the epoxy used in constructing DRAM chips, blew up. Along with parts of the factory, RAM prices immediately skyrocketed. The explosion wasn't the only factor in recent price increases, since supplies have been barely meeting demand in the PC industry, which has squeezed the smaller Macintosh market.

Although the price of SIMMs was of course affected, a less obvious effect may show up in the price of configured computers. It's unclear if Apple will raise prices to compensate, or if Apple is even all that affected, given that the company was well-insulated from price shifts in the last price scare.

There's nothing to do about the problem except wait it out, although I've heard the opinion that the price jumps happening at the moment are temporary and that prices will drop again in a few weeks or a month, though not to previous levels.

 

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