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).
Thinking about buying an AirPort Express to connect wired and wireless networks? To coincide with the release of his ebook "Take Control of Your AirPort Network," Glenn Fleishman examines the limitation of the Express's single Ethernet port. Speaking of networking, a lightning strike prompts Adam to share his experience adding an Ethernet card to a Power Mac, and Matt Neuburg wonders how he ever used the Web without Webstractor.
iTunes Music Store Sells 100 Millionth Song -- Apple's iTunes Music Store sold its 100 millionth song on Sunday, 11-Jul-04, to 20-year old Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, making Kevin the winner of a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40 GB iPod, a 10,000-song iTunes Music Store gift certificate, and the opportunity to create his own celebrity playlist in the iTunes Music StoreShow full article
digital.forest Celebrates 10th Year -- Congratulations to Chuck Goolsbee, Chris Kilbourn, Bill Dickson, and our other friends at digital.forest, who are celebrating the company's tenth year in the Web hosting and server co-location businessShow full article
DealBITS Drawing: disclabel Winners -- Congratulations to Al Guild of mac.com, Michael J. Amato of comcast.net, and Miguel Angel Vazquez of macmail.com, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing, and who will each be receiving a copy of SmileOnMyMac's disclabel 2.1Show full article
Why would you want to add a PCI Ethernet card to a Power Mac? Although you can take advantage of some tweaky multi-homing possibilities with multiple Ethernet cards, in my case it was much simpler: a lightning strike near our house fried my Power Mac G4's onboard Ethernet! I actually saw the lightning hit an ash tree on the other side of our driveway, or rather, I heard the simultaneous blast of thunder and saw a chunk of bark blown off the treeShow full article
Apple's new AirPort Express Base Station combines streaming music, USB printer sharing, and wireless networking - but with only a single Ethernet portShow full article
Sometimes a new idea is so simple, you can't believe no one's thought of it before. Sometimes a simple idea is so ingenious, it feels magical. When an application embodies a new idea of that sort, you may not realize right away what it does: it lives just outside your accustomed paradigms, so at first you keep trying to see it as something it isn't, like a child stuffing a square peg in a round hole. Softchaos's Webstractor is like thatShow full article
Although I will continue to monitor TidBITS Talk while I'm at Macworld Expo in Boston this week, my torrid schedule along with two days of travel on trains that aren't equipped with Wi-Fi (see contributing editor Glenn Fleishman's New York Times article about wireless Internet access for commuters), will likely mean somewhat more sporadic moderation. The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster, though it doesn't yet use our preferred design. Postini-like anti-spam services -- After our announcement that we would be testing Postini, several people wrote into alert us to alternative anti-spam servicesShow full article