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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Welcome to 1995! Along with a new sponsor, this issue brings news of Copland and Windows 95 slips, the first official Macintosh clone licensee, the announcement of two new mailing lists from Apple designed to help Macintosh Internet users and providers, and a look at some of the ways you can run DOS and Windows software on a Macintosh. Finally, we present a look back at the major events of 1994 and ahead at 1995.
Welcome to 1995, and keep an eye out next week for the news from Macworld San Francisco. We'll be at the Netter's Dinner, of course (barring the Martian Death Flu that flattened me in Boston), and at the Hayden booth at random times during the showShow full article
The Netter's Dinner is scheduled for Friday, January 6th at the usual place and time and with the usual spicy Chinese food. For information and to reserve a spot, send email to Jon Pugh at Show full article
PowerCity Sponsoring -- I'd like to welcome our newest sponsor, PowerCity Online, a company doing business much as we do with TidBITS - entirely onlineShow full article
Christopher Allen writes: Everyone should know that during Macworld RSA Data Security will be at the Apple Pavilion giving out free System 7.5 DigiSign signersShow full article
David Strom, InfoWorld's "Network Curmudgeon" columnist, is always on the lookout for new sites to test a variety of networking and communications products for his columnShow full article
Patrick Pruyne writes: USRobotics has begun shipping chip swap kits to owners of USR Sportster v.34 and v.FC modems. The user-installed chip replacements are offered, in part, to address compatibility problems which can occur when either the USR Sportster v.34 or v.FC communicate with a non-USR v.FC modemShow full article
I'd like to commend Chuq Von Rospach of Apple for recently setting up two new mailing lists, one devoted to discussing issues surrounding the use of Macintosh Internet client software, such as Eudora, Anarchie, and Netscape, and the other dedicated to discussing the Macintosh Internet server software, including programs like MacHTTP, FTPd, and MailShare. Although both topics are often discussed in the newsgroup on Usenet, many people (myself included) have much more trouble keeping up with a Usenet newsgroup than a mailing listShow full article
Microsoft announced last week that the next version of its Windows operating system - dubbed Windows 95 - would be delayed until August of this year, postponing its release date another six monthsShow full article
On December 28, 1994, Power Computing Corporation of Milpitas, California, became the first company to announce it had reached a licence agreement with Apple for rights to build Macintosh clonesShow full article
If you've ever worked in a "mixed-platform environment" (MIS speak for an organization having different computers running different operating systems), you've probably experienced frustration over file conversion, not to mention general angst over the fact that some programs only run on one operating system. The cold, hard, business facts of life currently state that some people (who would otherwise happily use Macintoshes) simply must use DOS or Windows softwareShow full article
Welcome to 1995! At this juxtaposition of endings and beginnings, I'd like to pass on some thoughts I've been mulling over in regard to predictions and look back at last year's more interesting events. Predictions -- People often ask me what I think the Mac industry, the Internet, or I myself will be like in five years, in ten years, or who knows whenShow full article