Poll Results: Rumor with a View -- The results of last week's poll, which asked if you thought the value to consumers of information published on rumor sites outweighed the potential damage done to the companies involved, proved mixed. Of more than 800 responses, 62 percent felt that the value did not outweigh the potential damage, 38 percent felt it did. More interesting was the TidBITS Talk debate, in which some people argued that companies got what they deserved because they often intentionally leaked rumors, that sales weren't lost thanks to rumors, and that the real value of rumors was in helping people time purchases for the optimal bang for the buck. Also mentioned was the correction to the article "Apple Gets Serious about Plugging Leaks" that the classic case of a company dying because of rumors was Osborne, not Kaypro. The post that gave me the most to think about, however, was one from Doc Searls (senior editor of Linux Journal and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto) that hinted at the utility of open source attitudes in corporate dealings for the benefit of both consumers and vendors. Recommended reading. [ACE]
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).
- Apple Gets Serious About Plugging Leaks (07 Aug 00)
Poll Results: Rumor with a View
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and