Resistance Is Futile... You Will Be Assimilated -- Stairways Software has released the shareware Assimilator 2.0, which helps manage groups of Macs in situations such as student labs, testing labs, and stores that rent Macs to the public. In essence, Assimilator ensures that the disks in a large number of Macs contain almost identical files (preferences files may need to be different), all copied from an AppleShare server over the network. New features in 2.0 include support for multiple partitions, support for AppleShare IP over TCP/IP, and new customization features based on feedback from the MacLabManager mailing list. For a brief discussion of Assimilator, read "InterviewBITS with Peter Lewis" beginning in TidBITS-304. Assimilator 2.0 costs $10 for individuals, with site licenses available for $500 and multiple site organization licenses for $2,000. Upgrades are free to those who registered after 01-Jan-98; otherwise upgrades cost $5 per machine. [ACE]
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.