After a flashy Comdex announcement last year (and by the way, the prototype shown there and in the press was purely a prototype and not a production design at all), little more has been heard about Apple's Newton project. Current rumors point to a smaller "Newt" and a larger 6" x 8" "Newton Sr." that will include more collaborative capabilities. Apple seems to be backing off a bit on the general purpose uses of the Newton, perhaps because handwriting recognition is so deucedly hard to do well. Another factor may be Eo's PDA-like device based on the RISC-based Hobbit chip from AT&T. The Eo device is aimed much more at personal communications rather than digital assisting, whatever that may be. More information may come out at Macworld SF next week.
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.
Published in TidBITS 157.
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