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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TidBITS is 700! Okay, so we're not that old, but we are celebrating our 700th issue with news of a Creative Commons license and our choice for a new content management system. Also in this issue, Palm releases new handhelds (the Tungsten T3, Tungsten E, and Zire 21), Apple re-releases Mac OS X 10.2.8, and Kirk McElhearn takes the ShuttleXpress controller out for a spin, comparing it to the PowerMate he swore he'd never give up.
Mac OS X 10.2.8 Returns -- Late last week, Apple posted a new Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update, replacing one that was released and then quickly pulled after causing significant troubles on many machines (see "Mac OS X 10.2.8 Comes and Goes" in TidBITS-699)Show full article
Palm, Inc. last week released a trio of handheld devices, available immediately. At the high end, the Palm Tungsten T3 features a 320 by 480 color screen, which can display data vertically or rotated horizontally (good for reading electronic books or working with spreadsheets using the included DataViz Documents to Go software)Show full article
When I bought one of Griffin Technology's PowerMates, I thought it was the cat's pajamas. In my review here last year (see "Unleashing the Power of the PowerMate" in TidBITS-653), I said, "It will most likely remain by my keyboard for a very long time." Alas, that time is shorter than I had expected, for I have found something even better: the Contour Design ShuttleXpress. The PowerMate is a strange gadget: consisting of a rotating knob and a push-button, it can be programmed to do almost anything with any applicationShow full article
We like to announce changes to mark the ticking by of large even numbers on the TidBITS odometer. In 1997, TidBITS-400 introduced our dynamic Web site, all driven via Lasso from FileMaker databases, with glue provided by HyperCard, AppleScript, and RetrospectShow full article
Thoughts on online radio shows -- After Adam was interviewed on Inside Mac Radio Daily last week, he became curious about what readers thought of the show and online radio shows in generalShow full article