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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Four TidBITS Staffers Honored in 2010 MacTech 25

Congratulations to Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, and Joe Kissell, all of whom were included in the most recent MacTech 25 list of most influential people in the Macintosh technical community.Show full article

Apple Posts $3.07 Billion Profit for Q2 2010

Apple continues to set records with its earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal year. iPhone sales were up 124 percent over the year-ago quarter, and iPod sales stayed remarkably strong. Mac sales fared well, too. Growth outside the United States contributed to the overall strong results. And this quarter ended before a single iPad was delivered.Show full article

Undercover Theft-Recovery Software Update Gives You the Details

In a change in Orbicule's Undercover 4, the theft-recovery tool gives you the information generated by a stolen computer, as well as sharing it with law enforcement. You can also optionally track your laptop in real time.Show full article

DealBITS Discount: Save 20% on FotoMagico Pro 3

See who won copies of FotoMagico Pro 3 in the last DealBITS drawing, and if you're not among them, read on to save 20 percent on the professional-level slideshow software.Show full article

iPad Camera Connection Kit Works Simply and Well

The iPad Camera Connection Kit, a two-adapter set, is now shipping. We take a look at the basics of using the kit to import photos from a camera or SD card. It's a solid offering, and one that surprisingly lets you connect devices other than cameras.Show full article

iPad USB Camera Adapter Supports Audio Headsets, Too

While Apple makes no mention of it, you can plug a set of driver-free USB headphones or a headset into the iPad Camera Connection Kit's USB adapter.Show full article

Increase Your iPad Media Storage for Just $49

The 16 GB iPad doesn't offer enough storage for avid movie watchers, especially if you want to take the iPad on vacation without a laptop. Here's a way to bring more media than will fit on the device, without paying for a larger-capacity iPad, using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit.Show full article

An Introduction to File Encryption in Mac OS X

In this excerpt from his massive "Mac Security Bible," Joe Kissell explores the theory and practice of encrypting files on your Mac's hard drive.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 April 2010

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1, HoudahGeo 2.5, Default Folder X 4.3.7, and PageSender 4.6.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 26 April 2010

While recovering from last week's massive TidBITS issue and responding to oodles of amazingly kind comments from readers, we didn't do much reading other than following the Gizmodo stolen iPhone prototype story, which Andy Ihnatko and Scott Adams did a good job of summarizing. Adam also shared some stories from his early Mac days with MacTech Magazine, and we watched as Israel banned the iPad, took flak, and lifted the ban last weekend. Show full article

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