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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News related to the iPhone once again grabbed our attention this week. For starters, Apple released new iPhone and iPod touch models with more RAM (and higher prices to match). On the other hand, iPhone users in the UK can now get more minutes and text messages for less money, thanks to changes by O2. Meanwhile, Glenn Fleishman discusses AT&T's recent announcement about their continuing rollout of a 3G cellular network in the United States that will affect users of future iPhone models. Back in the Mac world, Guy Kawasaki's latest venture, Alltop, provides a one-stop listing of recent headlines from all the major Mac news sites (including TidBITS, natch). Adam explains how he persuaded iPhoto to format text to his liking when creating his holiday cards, and speculates as to why the iTunes Store is still without DRM-free tracks from three of the four major labels, while Rich Mogull shares his impressions of Macworld Expo as a first-time attendee. Adam also reviews a book called "Bit Literacy" and finds it lacking. We also note two software updates from Apple: QuickTime 7.4.1, which fixes a serious security flaw, and iPhoto 7.1.2, which improves security and makes several other minor improvements. Lastly, please welcome our newest junior staffer, Eliana Wren Carlson!
Apple has released new models of the iPhone and iPod touch that offer 16 GB and 32 GB of memory, respectively, but that extra RAM comes at a premium.Show full article
Apple releases a critical security update for a month-old vulnerability in QuickTime for OS X and Windows.Show full article
Apple has released a minor update to iPhoto that probably fixes some bugs, but the only detail that the company is willing to acknowledge is the fixing of a security vulnerability.Show full article
Six years after releasing iPhoto, Apple has finally made it possible for users in Australia and New Zealand to purchase books, cards, calendars, and prints.Show full article
Responding to customer and media complaints, O2 has added minutes and text messages to its UK iPhone plans in some cases and reduced the overall cost in others.Show full article
For a quick overview of what's happening in the Mac world, check out the Mac page at Alltop, Guy Kawasaki's new site.Show full article
Jeff Carlson is thrilled to announce the birth of his daughter, Eliana Wren Carlson!Show full article
If you didn't win a copy of Sound Studio 3 in last week's DealBITS drawing, you can still pick up a copy at 20 percent off... until 20-Feb-08.Show full article
If you've been frustrated by the lack of decent text formatting capabilities for cards and books in iPhoto, read on for the secret to full control over your text.Show full article
AT&T announces network upgrades, which gives us more confidence about the near-term arrival of a 3G iPhone that can make use of a bigger, faster network.Show full article
Apple didn't announce DRM-free tracks in the iTunes Store at Macworld, and while that's disappointing, is it really Apple's fault? Show full article
Come witness the trials and tribulations as a rookie TidBITS editor attempts to ward off the Reality Distortion Field at Macworld Expo.Show full article
There's a new entrant in the productivity porn genre: Mark Hurst's book "Bit Literacy." But Adam takes exception with, well, nearly everything that Hurst advises. Show full article
This week's discussions include questions about PC equivalents to iWeb and BBEdit, speculation on the causes of undersea network cable breakages, the reliability of Western Digital MyBook drives, and more.Show full article