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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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For anyone working on a IIci with After Dark, the screensaver from Berkeley Systems, you should upgrade to version 1.1c. The new version fixes a bug that causes crashes when the screensaver kicks in while DAs are open. It also includes a Randomizer INIT, which allows the screensaver to automatically switch modules after a specified time interval, and several new modules, including Spheres (which draws 3-D spheres on the screen, Draino (which swirls your Mac screen down a drain in the middle of the screen), and TacTiles (which fills the screen with a tile pattern). Also included are several previously released modules, Shredded Crystals and Starry Skyline. The upgrade is available from on-line services.

Information from:
Bruce Burkhalter of Berkeley Systems -- bruce@cory.berkeley.edu

Another option when Outbound -- The Outbound portable Macintosh has received attention because of its method of avoiding Apple's copyrights. The purchased must own a Mac Plus or SE, and the Plus or SE ROMs are used in the Outbound. However, it is possible to purchase ROMs legally through certain dealers. Such ROMs have been used legally for several years by owners of the Spectre 128 and GCR, Macintosh emulators for the Atari ST from Gadgets By Small, Inc. In addition, Outbound will be offering replacement ROMs for the Outbound's host that will allow it to be a dedicated AppleShare server when the Outbound is not connected.

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Alex Pournelle -- alex@grian.cps.altadena.ca.us

Refilling DeskWriter Cartridges -- Some users have complained about the relatively high price of the ink cartridges for HP's popular DeskJet, DeskJet+, and DeskWriter printers. Judging from numerous discussions on Usenet, it is possible to use a syringe to refill the cartridges with good quality fountain pen ink (which is also water-soluble, sorry). Be warned that HP does not condone such measures and you may clog or otherwise damage the ink jets on your printer.

 

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