The Flatter the Better -- Everyone expects traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors to go the way of the dinosaurs eventually, but that day may come sooner rather than later thanks to Apple's introduction of a 17-inch version of its stunning flat-panel Studio Display. The 17-inch Studio Display features an optimum resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels (although it also supports lower resolutions like 1024 by 768 and 640 by 480) and uses the the digital Apple Display Connector currently built into Power Mac G4 systems. The 17-inch LCD debuts at $1,000, while its 15-inch cousin drops in price to $600. At the same time, the spectacular 22-inch Apple Cinema Display becomes somewhat more affordable, dropping to $2,500 just three months after it fell from $4,000 to $3,000. At this point, the only CRT monitor Apple makes comes in an iMac: everything else is an LCD display. [MHA]
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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