Chuck Shotton Resurrecting MacHTTP -- Chuck Shotton, the man who created the first Web server for the Macintosh, is resurrecting that early program, MacHTTP, and is once again making it available to the Macintosh community. As the Internet's popularity grew, Chuck built on his experience with MacHTTP and was responsible for large parts of StarNine's WebSTAR (now owned by 4D). He left StarNine some time ago to focus on his own company, BIAP Systems, whose flagship product is the automated information retrieval program GOtrieve. Now, however, he has posted a minor update to MacHTTP, addressing a few performance issues and redoing the license to allow for free non-commercial use. MacHTTP isn't a high-performance Web server and it lacks the high-end features from products like WebSTAR and Tenon's WebTen. But hey, it's free, most people don't need serious performance, and it's great to have an old friend that once won Apple's Cool Tools award rejoining the community. Chuck is even considering making MacHTTP open source. You can download a copy of MacHTTP 2.3 (498K) at the MacHTTP.Org Web site. [ACE]
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.
- Apple Cool Tools Awards (10 Oct 94)