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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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MODE32 Refunds

This is important! The refund for MODE32 from Apple ends on 31-Dec-91, so if you haven't sent in for your $100 refund, you should send your original disk to Apple at the following addressShow full article

Microsoft Publishes Wrong 800-number

In the "Oops" department this week, we've heard that Microsoft sent out a letter about upgrading Word to a bunch of customers. This letter listed an 800 number that people could call, but the number listed goes to a consultant who's a tad displeased to be receiving a lot of calls from Word users, especially since he pays for every callShow full article

TidBITS Schedule

As many of you who have been reading TidBITS for some time know, we've been working on some heavy-duty vaporware - the promised new format. I hate making the same excuses over and over again, so I've decided to set the record straight. TidBITS-100, which will be the first issue of 1992, will be issued in the new structure enhanced text format (called "setext," but if anyone has a better suggestion let us know)Show full article

School Software

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SFDialogers Followup

Mark Nagata commented on our recent SFDIaloger comparison (in TidBITS-093). He mentioned that some utilities, at least the CEToolbox/DiskTop combination and Suitcase II (for DA launching) remember the last folder used and put you in that folder no matter where the application or DA launched may resideShow full article

Nisus, MacWrite II, and XTND

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SCSI Plugging

The indefatigable Murph Sewall passed on these bits of information about connecting SCSI devices when the power is on (don't do it!). In response to my question about the risk of connecting or disconnecting a SCSI device without bothering to shut down, one person says they've done it from time to time and had a fuse blow once, possibly as a consequenceShow full article

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