Your article lacked some analysis of Apple's important new build-to-order (BTO) system. It's true that the BTO system was expensive and required significant changes in Apple's processes. However, the potential gains go beyond the obvious advantage of providing custom configurations. Apple has an opportunity to keep backorders down, fulfillment up, eliminate overstock, and erase millions in inventory from its liability sheet. This won't happen overnight, but Apple has finally built the foundation to respond to market demand. Jobs stated emphatically that every future Apple product starting with these G3 systems will be built on the BTO system. More than any other announcement, the BTO system gives me hope that Apple is indeed beginning to "think different." I can understand any hesitation to believe that Apple will improve its forecasting and fulfillment problems, but this BTO strategy gives me hope.
Spin Through Toolbar View Options
Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.
But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.
- Is Apple Thinking Different? (10 Nov 97)
Published in TidBITS 405.
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