Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
Apple's in the news, announcing a deal to license the Mac OS to Motorola plus the first beta of Cyberdog, its set of OpenDoc-based Internet tools. Also this week, we have news on Macromedia's Shockwave plug-in and Sun's Java Development Kit for the Mac, Garry Kasparov's chess match against Deep Blue, and a TidBITS survey (the future of the Reviews column hangs in the balance!). Finally, Matt Kall contributes an overview of the reality and the implications of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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Amidst much hoopla, on 08-Feb-96 President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law. This law has been almost universally condemned by the online community due to a single provision making it a felony to distribute "indecent" materials to minorsShow full article