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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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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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