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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This issue ranges widely, from a warning about our recently published ATM hack to a look at a pending lawsuit against Microsoft for thoroughly unpleasant behavior. Also check out reviews of four Internet books, the free Macintosh Hardware System Update and a MODE32-like Enabler, an upgrade to AppleShare 3.0.1, CE's Test Drive program for user groups, humorous notes from Macworld SF, and an open letter concerning Apple's questionable policy on repair parts.
The TidBITS LISTSERV has been running for about a year now, and as a result, those of you who have been on the list for a year will receive renewal notices from it in the next few weeksShow full article
In TidBITS-162, there's a second part of a hack started in TidBITS-157 to make ATM 2.0.2, 2.0.3, and 2.0.4 work under System 7.1. The hack in TidBITS-157 involves replacing the Folder Manager identifier 'extn' with 'font', so ATM looks in the Fonts folder instead of the Extensions folder when seeking Type 1 fonts to renderShow full article
Mark H. Anbinder, our ever-vigilant Contributing Editor, reported on CE Software's innovative Test Drive program in TidBITS-161. The program recompenses dealers for sales lost to mail order vendors and direct salesShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc. In addition to introducing its new LaserWriter Select printers, Apple announced last week that the basic LaserWriter Pro 600 model will now ship with 8 MB of RAM as a standard featureShow full article
Recently, my Apple CD-ROM drive's eject mechanism failed. The warranty had expired. I took it to my authorized Apple dealer for service. The technician there identified a gear, whose cost he estimated to be $5, as the faulty part. Apple, however, absolutely refuses to sell its dealers anything but the entire drive mechanism (that is everything except the power supply and case), whose cost is approximately $500Show full article
The $1,199 AppleShare Server 3.0.1 is now shipping. Enhancements include minor bug fixes in the file and print servers, the ability to run on System 7.1, improved compatibility with CE Software's QuickMail 2.5, increased client performance during file duplication, and improved compatibility with Dantz's Retrospect Remote. If you bought version 3.0 from an authorized Apple reseller between 01-Jan-92 and 01-Apr-93 you can upgrade for free until 01-Apr-93Show full article
I thought you might enjoy these quotes and notes from Macworld San Francisco. Nothing serious here, or is there? "Steve Jobs is like herpes. He's never going to go away." -Guy Kawasaki, speaking about NeXT. "The difference between Sculley and me is that I know I don't have vision." -Guy Kawasaki, when asked about his opinion of John Sculley. "The first time is science; the second time is engineering, and I'm a scientist." -paraphrased from the inimitable Cliff Stoll, when talking about catching hackers. And finally, though not exactly a quote, we'd like to acknowledge MacWEEK's cleverly and ambidextrously presented awardsShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc. Last Friday Apple announced a set of software enhancements that improve the performance of a variety of Macintoshes using System 7.1Show full article
John Bittner writes: I just saw a demo of DOS 6.0 at the Infomart in Dallas Texas. It has many new features such as built-in backup software, undelete, move, transparent hard disk compression, hard disk defragmentation, memory management improvement, and built-in anti-virus software. The file compression will work with floppy disks which should double their capacitiesShow full article
[This review reprinted with permission from Link Letter, Vol. 5, #3, Nov-92. Link Letter is published by Merit/NSFNET Information Services. To subscribe send email to: .] Informative Internet Books Rolling Off The Presses -- The growth of the Internet has created a market for commercial publishers, resulting in a flurry of new books on getting started with the InternetShow full article