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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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Doug McLean

 
 

Myths of the Net

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Myths of the Net -- Ken Lager <klager@pipeline.com> points us to a good resource for debunking stories like the AOL 4.0 rumor we lambasted last issue:

I have found that the best way to deal with mail warning me of a deadly computer virus is to fire up my Web browser and head on over to the Computer Virus Myths page at Rob Rosenberger's non-profit Web site. It always has the latest information to debunk all of these urban legends. Usually, I write up a reply to the sender and everyone who the message was sent to, including the information from the site as well as the address. That way, I won't have to worry about getting that same message again from mutual friends who are looking out for me.

<http://www.kumite.com/myths/home.htm>

 

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