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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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The Wireless Networking Starter Kit Goes Electronic

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The Wireless Networking Starter Kit, which I co-authored with Glenn Fleishman, is now available as an electronic book. In part because the print edition of the book hasn't been the huge best-seller we hoped it would be (a misconception common to most authors), we're doing things a bit differently than I did with my iPhoto Visual QuickStart Guides.

<http://glennf.com/wnsk/buy_book.html>

Based on requests we've received, we believe there are two sets of people who might be interested in an electronic copy of the book. The first set has already purchased the paper edition, but wants an electronic edition for ease of reading on a laptop or for the full-text searching that paper books can never provide. The second set would prefer an electronic edition instead of a print edition, either because of the difficulty and expense of receiving a physical book or because they don't want to participate in the use of paper.

So, we have two solutions. Both get you an 8 MB Acrobat PDF containing the full text of the print edition along with a number of small updates we submitted for the second printing, plus an updated version of the 10-page addendum on 802.11g and AirPort Extreme that we posted to our Web site in February.

<http://glennf.com/wnsk/80211g_ update.html>

Existing Readers -- If you have already purchased the print edition of the book, you can buy an electronic copy for only $5 via PayPal. We don't anticipate that many people will want to do this, so we haven't invested much time in setting up a complex online ordering system. Just follow the directions on the Web page linked below to find the password, click the Buy Now Button, enter the password in the PayPal Special Instructions field, and we'll send you the download location via email.

<http://glennf.com/wnsk/ebook_deal.html>

Electronic Only -- If you don't already own a copy of the book but would like to buy an electronic edition, you can now do so via our friends at Lockergnome's GnomeTomes. To avoid conflicting with the print edition, we've priced the electronic version at $22, basically the same final price as the physical book. The book is being sold via an eSellerate affiliate relationship with GnomeTomes, so GnomeTomes will provide any help you need in downloading the book, but the process is so straightforward that it's highly unlikely you'll have difficulties.

<http://store.eSellerate.net/a.asp?c=0_ SKU3561656490_AFL7874399338>
<http://www.gnometomes.com/>

Continuing the Experiments -- There's no telling how popular either of these offers will be, but we'll add them to the list of things we've experimented with so far with my iPhoto books and Glenn's Real World GoLive 6 book. Stay tuned for results and additional tests.

 

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