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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No trends this week - just a lot of interesting news, starting off with Lex Friedman's coverage of the Netflix iPad app's newfound capability to stream Watch Instantly movies to the iPhone and iPod touch too. Glenn Fleishman looks at how you can now place calls using Google Voice in Gmail and how Virgin Mobile has upped the mobile broadband ante with an unlimited cellular data plan that works with the popular MiFi portable Wi-Fi gateway. Glenn also gives the blow-by-blow description of how we were forced to move all our Web services to a Rackspace Cloud Server last week. Then Adam examines the iWork 9.0.4 update, which isn't interesting other than the way it adds EPUB export to Pages, and Tonya runs through all the things you can try doing to speed up an iPhone 3G under iOS 4. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Camino 2.0.4, Security Update 2010-005, GraphicConverter 6.7.4, and Freeway 5.5.
The Netflix app for iPad has gone universal, so you can now stream movies directly to your iPhone or iPod touch.Show full article
Google expands its voice command center, Google Voice, to add the capability to place and receive calls directly - within Gmail! The new feature is on a staggered rollout.Show full article
Despite being owned by Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile keeps upping the ante on mobile broadband usage plans for laptops and smartphones. Its latest: $40 for 30 days of unlimited service with no contract.Show full article
What do you do when your server hardware fails? Hire a zeppelin and fly to the cloud! Cloud computing, that is. TidBITS is now living in the future.Show full article
Along with a few minor bug fixes, iWork 9.0.4 brings a thoroughly decent EPUB export capability to Pages 9.0.4.Show full article
If your iPhone 3G is running at a snail's pace under iOS 4, speed it up with these tips.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Camino 2.0.4, Security Update 2010-005, GraphicConverter 6.7.4, and Freeway 5.5.Show full article
As school starts for college students, we note that iTunes U downloads have passed the 300 million mark and that Seton Hall University is relying on Art Authority for iPad for several art history classes. Also, Garmin is recalling 1.25 million nüvi GPS navigation units, and Lex Friedman opines at Macworld about the effect of royalty-free H.264 video.Show full article