Ballmer is Microsoft's New CEO -- TidBITS doesn't usually cover executive shifts at companies other than Apple, but we should note Bill Gates promoted Steve Ballmer to Microsoft's CEO position last week. Gates will still serve as the chairman of Microsoft's board, and created a new position for himself as Chief Software Architect to oversee strategic directions and software technologies. Gates has extracted himself from Microsoft's day-to-day operations over the last few years, so it's difficult to speculate on long-term effects of this change. However, Gates has long demonstrated support for the Macintosh within Microsoft, while Steve Ballmer has no such history. [GD]
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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