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.
Wondering if the Internet is a positive or negative influence on little kids? Child development specialist Dr. John Laurence Miller weighs in on that topic this week, and Jeff Carlson passes on his good experience having new business cards printed by an online company. In the news, Apple offers discounts on Mac OS X and starts shipping the PowerBook G4 Titanium on schedule, plus Chuck Shotton resurrects his venerable MacHTTP Macintosh Web server.
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Chuck Shotton Resurrecting MacHTTP -- Chuck Shotton, the man who created the first Web server for the Macintosh, is resurrecting that early program, MacHTTP, and is once again making it available to the Macintosh communityShow full article
It was finally time to get new business cards. Although my work address changed in the middle of 1999, I had gotten away with handing out copies of my TidBITS business card with the address and phone number crossed outShow full article
Is the Internet a safe and healthy place for little kids? A lot of parents worry that it is not. Many of us feel the same way as Tonya Engst when she recently mentioned in an article in TidBITS the "mixed feelings" she has about kids (and adults) and "the immersive qualities of Web sites, computer games, and television" (see "Parenting with a Net" in TidBITS-556) Her concerns arose out of a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending that children under the age of two not be exposed to televisionShow full article