Poll Results: The Benefits of Unix -- In our last regular issue of 2000, we leveraged Chris Pepper's two-part series on Mac OS X and Unix to ask TidBITS readers which stance best described the degree they thought they'd benefit from those Unix's underpinnings. Nearly half (46 percent) of the poll's respondents said they felt the Unix underpinnings would benefit them greatly, providing both the power and flexibility of Unix with the ease of use of a Macintosh. Just over a quarter felt Unix would benefit them only indirectly through increased system stability, and just under 20 percent responded that they felt they would benefit somewhat by directly accessing some Unix tools or capabilities. Only seven percent said they felt Mac OS X's Unix underpinnings were of no benefit to them - unfortunately, I'm in that camp for the foreseeable future, since a good deal of my work relies on audio hardware and software which is unlikely to be compatible with Mac OS X for some time. C'est la vie. [GD]
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.