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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Apple Product Line Info-Graphic

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Apple Product Line Info-Graphic -- With the Mac mini, Apple further expanded the old Macintosh model matrix that had once cleanly separated desktop from laptop, consumer from professional. The matrix, which Steve Jobs used to show how the iMac and iBook fit into Apple's product line, first grew with the short-lived Power Mac G4 Cube and later with the eMac. Technically, the Mac mini probably fits into the desktop consumer Mac slot, along with the iMac and eMac. But with the iPod becoming such an important part of Apple's strategy as well, the old product matrix is a less relevant tool for visualizing Apple's approach to the market.

Although it's not from Apple, a new info-graphic has appeared that aims to explain Apple's full product line of Macs and iPods. Created by Paul Nixon, the "Apple's Tipping Point: Macs for the Masses" graphic offers an Edward Tufte-inspired view of Apple's current products, complete with prices and suggested market niches. One can quibble with some of Paul's explanations and discussion, but as a quick way to understand Apple's product line, it's well worth a look. [ACE]

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<http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/>

 

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