Poll Preview: Ad-ing It Up -- This week's release of Eudora 4.3 marks the first time a major program has essentially offered to let you use commercially available features for free in exchange for viewing ads. You'll read below about why Steve Dorner and Qualcomm felt they had to add Sponsored mode to Eudora 4.3's Paid and Light usage modes, but what do you think? Do you like the option of being able to trade some screen real estate for an ad window in exchange for features that would otherwise cost money? Note that we're not asking if you think ads in software are inherently good or bad, but instead if you like the option of being able to see ads instead of paying for the software yourself. Also, keep in mind that we're asking about applications in general; at the moment, we have only the $50 Eudora as an example of this, so also consider how you might feel about programs that cost either $10 or $200 and that you used either occasionally or every day. Register your opinion on our home page (and make sure to scroll down if you can't see the poll form in your window)! [ACE]
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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- InterviewBITS with Steve Dorner (14 Feb 00)