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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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A/UX Follies

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Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc.

Excited by the chance to have a Unix box with a CD-ROM drive built in? Well, hold your horses... the Macintosh IIvx isn't the answer. Even though Apple's Oct-92 Macintosh Compatibility Chart indicates that A/UX 3.0 (Apple's current version of its Unix operating system) will run on the IIvx, subsequent word is that this was incorrect.

The reason the IIvx will not support A/UX 3.0 is not clear; perhaps A/UX 3.0 is not yet System 7.1 compatible, and a 7.1-compatible version was delayed. (If we are simply awaiting a 7.1-compatible A/UX, it would explain why Apple anticipated A/UX running on the IIvx.)

Apple has been quick to point out that A/UX 3.0 is indeed compatible with the rest of the members of the Macintosh II family (the original Macintosh II requires the addition of a Motorola 68851 PMMU memory management chip), as well as the entire Quadra line and the venerable SE/30. Certainly the faster the machine, and the more real memory you have, the happier you'll be with A/UX's performance.

A/UX is available as a separate add-on product for any Macintosh you already happen to have, and it's also available as a bundle with the IIsi, IIci, and Quadra 700, 900, and 950. If you still have your heart set on a Unix machine with an internal CD-ROM drive, the Quadra 900 or 950 may be a good choice; Apple's CD 300i internal CD-ROM drive should soon be available with a Quadra faceplate for insertion into the Quadra's spacious drive bay, and a variety of third-party vendors offer Quadra-ready internal storage products as well.

 

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