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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Cheap UK Wi-Fi Access Offered for iPod touch

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The iPod touch doesn't come with the soi-disant unlimited Wi-Fi offered for the iPhone in the UK and Germany (see "iPhone Launch Set for UK and Germany, with Murky Data Plan," 2007-09-20); there's no Wi-Fi at all included in the United States. But O2's UK partner The Cloud, a network of nearly 8,000 hotspots across Britain, has created a special £3.99 ($8.07) per month pricing plan for iPod touch users.

The service starts on 01-Oct-07, and has no minimum commitment. There's a special sign-up page. The Cloud's deal differs from the free access for iPod touch users at Starbucks coffee shops in the United States. With Starbucks, access is free only for use of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store; with The Cloud, the paid deal covers all Internet usage.

Given how little Internet bandwidth an iPod touch would reasonably use outside of music purchases, I'm a little stunned Apple hasn't cut deals with hotspot chains for unlimited free Wi-Fi access for iPhone and iPod touch users in exchange for a cut of the revenue from music purchases.

 

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