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).
A look at the murky world of Apple repair anchors this issue, and supporting topics include a report about mouse button problems, a review of Peachpit Press's "Silicon Mirage," various and sundry SyQuest drive news, an announcement of upcoming events put on by an email-accessible computer bookstore, and a number of useful notes about new Apple servers, the LC III, and a Duo 230/PowerPoint 3.0 conflict.
The European pricing article in TidBITS-168 prompted a tremendous response, which I've forwarded in part to various groups, where I hope the discussion will continueShow full article
Apple Announcements -- Apple announced a bunch of network-oriented products today, including several dedicated servers based on the Centris 610, Quadra 800, and Quadra 950, a new text-retrieval package called AppleSearch, and two new versions of AppleShare, called AppleShare 4.0 and AppleShare Pro, that offer higher performance for more usersShow full article
PowerPointing a Duo -- Andrew Nielsen reports, "We've discovered a problem with the Duo 230 and Microsoft PowerPoint 3.0, which rampantly crashes the Duo when launchedShow full article
LC III Quirk -- Matt Strange writes: After a frustrating few hours trying to configure some LC IIIs yesterday, I discovered something you may not know - but definitely should. According to Katie Kenny of Farallon, "Due to a last minute change in the design of the LC III, any add-on card that has an FPU on it will crash the machine." [Indeed it will!] "The remedy is to remove the FPU from the card and put it in the socket on the motherboard." My experience showed this to be a real problem and a real solutionShow full article
Flower Power, Jefferson Airplane, hot tubs, Apple, and now this. Northern Californians should be made liable for additional taxes for, in our galaxy, the unique privilege of having the Computer Literacy Bookshops (CLB) in their own backyardShow full article
SyQuest and DiVA are offering a free full working version of DiVA's VideoShop 1.0 pre-loaded on 5.25" removable SyQuest cartridges. (You do have to buy a 44 MB or 88 MB cartridge, though.) Most SyQuest integrators are offering the deal, which ends 30-Apr-93, although it may be extended a few more weeksShow full article
Third Party Cartridges -- An independent company, Nomai, has started selling cartridges in Europe for use with SyQuest drives. That sounds innocuous enough, but SyQuest filed a suit late last year to prevent Nomai from shipping cartridges and claimed in the suit that Nomai's cartridges could possibly damage the SyQuest drive's read-write head and that could in turn cause data loss on other SyQuest-brand cartridgesShow full article
The mass media recently published a number of articles about virtual reality. I've read a few of them, one in the New York Times some months ago, and two more in Seattle-based periodicalsShow full article
Almost two years ago I began noticing posts on Usenet about Macintosh mouse problems in which the mouse button appears to stick, not mechanically, but in effectShow full article
All this talk of what should and shouldn't be done as far as component-level repair made me think, and I realized that no one knows what goes on within Apple in terms of old partsShow full article