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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/19-May-03

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Challenge-Response Anti-Spam Systems -- Our policy about challenge-response anti-spam systems drew comments from all sides, people who like the concept (including the CEO of one of the main challenge-response services) and those who consider them a significant threat to the long-term utility of email once spammers start attacking them. (14 messages)

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Palm Tungsten C impressions -- Extensive additions to Geoff Bronner's review of the Palm Tungsten C - a must-read for anyone considering a Tungsten C. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X 10.2.6 changes -- Short comments about what has changed in Mac OS X 10.2.6 for better and worse. (5 messages)

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Should I upgrade questions -- Suggestions for the best way to determine if you should upgrade the Mac OS (or perhaps any application) or stick with an older version that's working fine. (4 messages)

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Frequency of shareware updates -- Does it bug you when shareware programs are updated frequently, seemingly once a week? You're not alone, but there are ways that developers can minimize the irritation. (6 messages)

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Controlling iTunes -- After last week's article mentioning a simple way to control iTunes, TidBITS readers suggested a number of other, better ways of controlling iTunes, including a couple of excellent utilities. (8 messages)

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How iTunes Music Store deals with naughty words -- It turns out that the iTunes Music Store tries to obscure naughty words in song titles, which prompted a good bit of discussion on TidBITS Talk about how it's done and how it could be improved. (10 messages)

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Selection in the iTunes Music Store -- Discussion of how good a job Apple has done with the breadth of selection in the iTunes Music Store, particularly with respect to classical music, cartoon music themes, and computer game soundtracks. (8 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>