SpamCon Foundation Offers Anti-Spam Resources -- Everyone hates spam, but some people go the extra mile to help stamp it out. That's especially true of Tom Geller, executive director of the recently founded SpamCon Foundation, a publicly supported California non-profit organization. A Macintosh veteran of ZiffNet/Mac and MacWEEK, Tom has long been focusing energy on reducing spam, first through the Suespammers Project and now through the SpamCon Foundation. Services available from the SpamCon Foundation include guides for individuals looking to reduce the amount of spam they receive, help for marketers who want to use email without spamming, a searchable database of over 7,000 media stories on spam, a library of hard statistics about spam to support arguments about its negative impact, and free receive-only email addresses in the suespammers.org domain. The SpamCon Foundation also publishes a weekly newsletter and runs mailing lists surrounding the spam issue. I'd encourage anyone interested in reducing to visit the SpamCon Foundation's Web site, and if you think they're doing good work, to consider supporting them with tax-deductible donations. [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).