Poll Results: 68K or Bust?! Plenty of people still use older Macs built using the 68000 processor line, ranging from the once-mighty Quadra and IIfx down to the SE/30, Mac Plus, and even the original 128K Mac. They make great low-volume servers, or secondary machines for word processing or email. But these days, most software requires a PowerPC-based Mac. So we asked, "If you still regularly use a 68K Macintosh, do you attempt to keep its software up-to-date?" The results were surprisingly balanced. Of the almost 1,100 responses, 26 percent don't use 68K Macs, while 24 percent of 68K users don't update the software at all, keeping their machines frozen in time. Of the remaining respondents, 26 percent update only a few key 68K programs, while the other 25 percent keep their software as up-to-date as possible. For more information on working with outdated software, see Matt Neuburg's article "Long Day's Journey into Night of the Living Dead Software" in TidBITS-494. [JLC]
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.