SETI Brings Space Exploration to Home Macs -- The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project is now offering a Macintosh version of its SETI@home client, an idle-time screen saver application that crunches data collected from the Arecibo radio telescope in 340K "work units" downloaded from SETI's servers. Faced with an enormous amount of data collected (about 35 GB per day), SETI is hoping that the search for distant communication signals will be speeded by the distributed computing power of thousands of personal computers. The SETI@home client, a 210K download, can be run as a screen saver or stand-alone application and requires a PowerPC-based system with at least System 7.5.5 and 32 MB of RAM. We've always looked for intelligence within the Macintosh and Internet worlds; now you can help us search for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe by joining the SETI@home TidBITS team. Just visit the second URL below and sign up so the work your Macs do with the SETI@home client is registered with our team. [JLC]
New Documents in Snow Leopard's TextEdit
In the Snow Leopard version of TextEdit, you can now create a new document by Control-clicking TextEdit's Dock icon (when it's running), and choosing New Document from the pop-up menu. This isn't a major feature, of course, since you can also just press Command-N while in TextEdit, but consider Control-clicking other applications' Dock icons to see what functions they might make available.