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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Long and Short of It -- James Weissman <james@aimnet.com> notes that many systems that can't support long filenames are able to use mapping - a table of the short names and the longer ones they correspond to - to provide nicer looking URLs.

EnterpriseWeb/VM is a Web server that runs under the IBM VM/CMS mainframe operating system where file identifiers can have an 8 character name and 8 character type. However, using an "alias map," EnterpriseWeb permits 8-by-8 named objects (files) to be referenced with an arbitrary length name. This is somewhat analogous to how Win95 actually stores a eight-dot-three name (LONGFI~1.NAM) for a long file name (LONGFILE.NAME).

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The best indicator of the host Web server operating system can be had by examining the server headers "Server", "Version", and/or "SERVER_SOFTWARE_LIST" in the HTTP response. Some Web browsers allow you to view the returned headers. If yours doesn't, you can use utility software to see the headers. One such program, free from DBU Consulting, is called "What's Running" and a Win95 version can be downloaded at:

<http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/ 4542/whats.html>

 

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