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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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Apple Drops iPod shuffle Price, Introduces 2 GB Model

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RAM is cheap and getting cheaper. Apple has now passed along some of their savings to those looking for an iPod shuffle by dropping the price of the 1 GB model from $79 down to $49. Simultaneously, Apple announced the release of a 2 GB iPod shuffle, to be priced at $69 when it ships later this month. With prices dropping at this rate, a 1 GB iPod shuffle will appear in cereal boxes within a few years.

With news like this and Apple's announcement of a pink iPod nano (see "Apple Ships Pink iPod nano, Apologizes to Tonya," 2008-01-22), it's hard to do more than state the facts, so let's once again peer closely at Apple VP Greg Joswiak's quote in Apple's press release. He said, "At just $49, the iPod shuffle is the most affordable iPod ever. The new 2 GB model lets music lovers bring even more songs everywhere they go in the impossibly small iPod shuffle."

What's this? The iPod shuffle is "impossibly small?" Come now. "Impossibly small" means that you worry about accidentally inhaling it, that Apple has to use magnification in product shots, and that it's impossible to imagine Apple releasing another iPod that's even smaller. Is it painfully obvious that I'm really stretching here? I thought so.

Seriously, thanks for the price drop and the 2 GB model, Greg. But I'm still betting that Apple releases an even smaller iPod within a few years.

 

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