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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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When It Bends, It's Funny. When It Breaks...

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I had beads - nay, rivulets - of sweat on my brow. Why wouldn't it open?

You guessed it: I was installing RAM in my new Mac mini. I avoided Apple's $425 price tag for a 1 GB upgrade (from the meager built-in 256 MB of RAM), and bought generic RAM for $200. I also watched Other World Computing's very clear video of how to use a putty knife to crack open the mini case.

<http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/index.cfm ?page=Video/directory.html>

Perhaps I was too sanguine. I'd slipped the knife in, and starting cracking. But the noise was terrifying. I watched the plastic bow and thought, "This just can't be right, regardless of what I'd heard."

I persisted. I nicked the bottom of the case a bit, but after wiggling it this way and that and hearing awful ship's-rigging-collapsing, nightmare-tree-falling sounds, the case released its burden and allowed me access to the beautiful innards. I'd wrestled with the giant clam and snatched its pearl.

Well, I snatched a 256 MB memory module. I put the new 1 GB module in, sealed her back up - just a little worse than re-sealing a Tupperware-brand container - and fired the puppy up.

Happy as a clam, it booted.

 

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