Early today, Apple Computer and Power Computing announced plans for Apple to purchase important Macintosh-related assets from Power Computing in exchange for $100 million in Apple common stock. Included among those assets are Power Computing's Mac OS license, customer database, and key personnel. Power Computing will continue to sell Mac clones through 31-Dec-97, after which the company will concentrate on a line of PC clones. Apple will provide ongoing Mac OS support to Power Computing users, whereas Power Computing will continue to provide hardware and warranty service for the machines it has sold. Although no comments were made surrounding the other clone manufacturers, it appears that Apple has started down the road toward elimination of clone licensing. The question is, which of the negatives discussed in A Case for Clones (TidBITS 395, 01-Sep-97) will come to pass and which will Apple avoid?
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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