Do You Use Software Update? Apple's Software Update utility for automatically downloading and installing updates to the Mac OS and other Apple software generally works well. But some people choose not to use it because it can be a bit of a nag when you want to put off the installation of an update until you've heard what others say about its stability. For those with dialup Internet connections, the sheer size of many of Apple's updates can make scheduling long downloads with Software Update inconvenient. However, there's no question that Software Update is almost always the fastest and easiest way to get updates from Apple, which leads to our poll question this week. We're trying to find out whether our brief reports of Apple's updates are helpful even when we have no information to add beyond a summary of the changes. So, how often do you have Software Update check for new Apple software? Vote this week on our home page!
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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- Poll Results: Do You Use Software Update? (24 Feb 03)