CMS ABSplus Adds Mac OS X Restores -- CMS Peripherals has updated its Automatic Backup System Plus backup solution so it can now restore a Mac OS X system to working order, as it has been able to do with Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9 since its initial release at Macworld San Francisco in January of 2002 (see "Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives" in TidBITS-612). The ABSplus combines a FireWire hard drive with custom firmware and software that enables it to back up changed files on a Mac as soon as it's plugged in. The ABSplus can now boot a Mac in Mac OS X using the backed-up system's files, something that also wasn't previously possible. There's no question the ABSplus offers unparalleled ease-of-use for fast backup of an individual Mac, but keep in mind that it keeps only the latest version of each file. ABSplus units using FireWire bus-powered laptop hard drives are available in sizes from 10 GB to 60 GB for prices ranging from $240 to $700; larger desktop units that require external power sport 40 GB to 160 GB hard drives and cost between $300 and $600. [ACE]
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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- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives (14 Jan 02)