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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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iPod nano Skips After Update

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I've been remiss in not writing this up sooner, but I remember it only when I'm in the car, listening to podcasts or music on our iPod nano. Since the most recent iPod update - iPod Updater 2006-06-28 - our iPod nano has suffered from frequent (at least one per car trip) 1- to 2-second bits of garbled playback. Another person reported this on TidBITS Talk as well, although it's not clear if the problem is widespread. Since the iPod Updater 2006-06-28 contains iPod nano Software 1.2, with Nike+iPod support (and unspecified bug fixes), if you're not using the Nike+iPod Sport Kit (see "Grab Your iPod and Run" for details), I'd encourage you to hold off on this particular iPod update. Apple knows about the problem and is undoubtedly working on a fix.

If the problem bothers you sufficiently, you can restore to the previous iPod nano Software 1.1.1. Look in your /Applications/Utilities folder for an iPod Software Updater folder, which contains older iPod updaters. I launched iPod Updater 2006-03-23, the second-most-recent one, clicked the Restore button (remember that this will erase everything on the iPod, so do a restore only if you're loading everything from the Mac anyway), and let it restore. Before copying music and podcasts back to the iPod nano, iTunes tried to get me to install the bad update again; I demurred, and all was fine. I later let the bad update install again for testing purposes, and the problem returned, so I repeated the entire process to revert back to iPod nano Software 1.1.1. I'll revisit this issue once I'm ready to test the just-arrived Nike+iPod Sport Kit.

 

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