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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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Apple kindly provides an upgrade path from the Macintosh SE to the Mac SE/30, which uses the same case. However, as people on Usenet have recently discovered, the upgrade is not as straightforward as one might hope. We at TidBITS discovered this the hard way recently as well and were forced to give up one of our floppy drives.

The SE comes in two basic configurations, two floppy drives or one floppy and a hard drive. The SE/30, in contrast, only has one internal floppy connector and only one hole in the front bezel, which is also replaced in the upgrade. So even though there is internal space for a second floppy, the space can only be used for a 3.5" hard drive. So if you had two floppy drives in your SE, only one of them can be retained when you upgrade. Of course, this difficulty only comes up if you elect not to upgrade to a SuperDrive along with the new motherboard. Just ask your dealer to make sure to return your spare drive and look for someone with a single drive Mac II/IIx/IIfx who wants another floppy drive.

Memory poses another problem. Dealers have to return an SE motherboard with exactly one meg of RAM on it, so if you have upgraded your memory, make sure to give the dealer your old 256K SIMMs, or if you have 2.5 megabytes of memory, make sure they know to move your one meg SIMMs to the SE/30. One person had four megabytes in his machine and expected to end up with five after the upgrade (as per a salesperson's explanation), but found that the dealer had taken the four 256K SIMMs from the SE/30 motherboard to return to Apple. A call to the dealer and the return of the original four SE SIMMs alleviated the problem.

Information from:
Adam Engst -- TidBITS editor
Chuck Boeheim -- Boeheim@slacvm.slac.stanford.edu
Brian Blood -- blood@aludra.usc.edu

 

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