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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 

Paths to POPs

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Paths to POPs -- John Baxter <jwbaxter@olympus.net>, a colleague of ours out on the Olympic Peninsula, notes that POPs aren't the only way for providers to build networks. Similar to the UK solution we mention above, U.S. ISPs have another option:

You may also be calling an auto-forwarding telephone number, which has a certain number of "paths" (connections) to some remote collection of modems. These are charged (to the operator) on a per-path basis or otherwise. They can be used to good advantage where there isn't sufficient demand to justify setting up a POP as defined last week in NetBITS.

 

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