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CHRIS'S UNPREDICTABLE and OCCASIONAL Newsletter for MAC USERS #24,
07/17/01
Contents Copyright 2001 by Christopher Plummer
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THIS ISSUE
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Crashing, Monopoly, Privacy.. BLAH! Time for some FUN!! As usual,
enhanced with fascinating Mac trivia, insightful comments, and personal
commentary of questionable merit.
:-)


UPDATES - Quicktime
NEWS - Pulls
UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK - Thank you!
OVERLOOKED AND UNDERUSED - CONTEXTUAL MENUS #1
Know The Difference
OCCASIONAL Favorite WEB SITE
Special Bonus Keyboard Commands - iTunes
Good News Press Releases - Apple On Top in Education!
NEXT ISSUE - MACEXPO NEWS!!



GEEK SPEAK ALERT: BORGED, 'smart tags', Last Era of Darkness, Switcher



UPDATES
-------
Quicktime 5.0.2 - Download it direct from your Quicktime Player or use
this URL:

<http://www.Apple.com/quicktime/download/>



NEWS
----
Microsoft pulls 'smart tags' -
FOR NOW (See Unpredictable #22)


Apple pulls plug -
G3 Laptop power supply recall. Apple is recalling a TON of G3 Laptop
power supplies. DON'T PANIC. This is not a big deal. None of the YO YO
power supplies (that come with the IceBook and TiMac) are being
recalled, yet.

<http://exchange.info.apple.com/exchange>


Adobe pulls out -
Of MacExpo. GLOOM & DOOMers claim 'Adobe is hedging on developing for
OS TEN'. Adobe also pulled out of 'PC Expo' and the 'Spring Internet
World'. Obviously, Adobe is RECONSIDERING developing ANYTHING THAT RUNS
ON A WINDOWS PC, and plans to PULL OUT OF THE INTERNET ENTIRELY!! ;-)

<http://click.macworld.email-publisher.com/maaacCtaaP95vbVhjIDb/>


Jonatha pulls Steady -
'Steady Pull' by Jonatha Brooke. You've gotta hear this album!


Apple pulls ahead -
Education Coup. Back to 'number one' in education sales. (See 'Good News
Propaganda' at THE END.)



UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK
-----------------------------
A special 'thank you' to subscriber 'Tricia' for the AWESOME iMac Tshirt!!
Keep the electrons & free stuff coming!



** OVERLOOKED AND UNDERUSED ***
-- Terrible tales of misunderstood and unknown features. --
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CONTEXTUAL MENUS (#1)
After BILL and STEVE announced the PEACE TREATY that helped to save Apple
in the Last Era of Darkness, this was one of the few interface features
that actually went FROM Windows TO the Mac.

What are Contextual Menus? Just what they say: A 'Menu' that pops up and
changes, depending on your 'Context.' They don't appear at the Menu Bar
(although they can), but ANYWHERE on the screen! If your 'context' is a
file on your Desktop, then the menus that appear should have something to
do with files. AND (this is even COOLER!) when you select one of these
pop-up items from the menu, the action will be performed ON THE THING YOU
HAVE SELECTED. This item rates high on the SHORTCUT THERMOMETER!

First Contact
As is usually the case with O&U items, this is best understood by DOING.
Please FOLLOW ALONG.

So you can experiment with impunity, we'll make a copy of a file or
folder on your Desktop:

Go to your Desktop.
Select the file (I'll use one called, 'Testaroo').
From the Finder 'File' menu, select 'Duplicate.'

You should have a file named 'something copy' there next to the original.
Mine is 'Testaroo copy'.

Now for the fun!

Hold down the CONTROL KEY (usually labeled CTRL). While still holding
down [CTRL], click on the file that you created on your Desktop. WALLA!
A menu appears. And you don't have to keep holding down the mouse
button to keep it
there!


As you slide the pointer up and down the menu, different menu items are
selected.

When you let the mouse button up, the action you selected takes
place. (Pretty obvious, huh?) If you select a File, a Folder, or a Disk
Volume, you should always have the choices to:
Open, Get Info, Make Alias, Put Away, and Add to Favorites.

WHAT IS ALL THAT STUFF?
Some of those actions are things you should be familiar with from
keystroke commands or Finder menus. Others are O&U items that I'll get
to eventually! TRY THEM OUT for Heaven's Sake!! Don't be afraid.
Experiment. Make mistakes!! If you somehow blow away your file, just
make another copy!

This is a good place for you to start and for me to stop. A PRIME CONCEPT
in teaching, and not always easy to identify. So go to it, and next time
we'll GET IN DEEPER.

:-)



Know The Difference
-------------------
Credit where it's due: Besides 'Contextual Menus', the other interface
item that actually went FROM Windows and TO the Mac is Menus that STAY
DOWN without having to hold the mouse button down. Can you IMAGINE having
to hold that button down all the time?? We used to. THANKS MICROSOFT. NOW
THAT'S REALLY THINKING DIFFERENT!

You might think I should include 'Task Switching' using [Alt]+[Tab] in
Windows, which on the Mac you can set up to toggle applications using
[Option] + [Tab]. NOPE, thanks to one of the early Mac programming
heroes, Andy Hertzfeld, we had 'Switcher' with keyboard toggling of
applications when Windows still didn't even work. Oh heck, let's face it,
EVERYTHING ELSE in Windows was BORGED from Apple or someone else.

And That's The Difference.



OCCASIONAL Favorite WEB SITE
----------------------------
Top9.com - 'the Popularity Search Directory'. This is a web site that
helps you find other web sites. But not like your typical 'search
engine'. Try it. You'll see what I mean.

<http://www.top9.com/>



Special Bonus Keyboard Commands
-------------------------------
iTunes key commands!!

(You have to GET CURRENT with at least ver. 1.01 for
this to work).

[Command] + [T] - Turn Visuals ON
[Command] + [F] - Make Visuals FULL SCREEN

With the visuals window on:

'?' - You'll get a list of keyboard shortcuts on the screen.
'i' - Toggles the track Info.
'f' - Toggles display of the Frame rate.

[Esc] - Turn visuals OFF when they are in FULL SCREEN.

This is just a short list; you'll find more!


THAT'S ALL FOR THIS ISSUE! TFSB :-)



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All contents copyright 2000-2008 by Christopher Plummer, ZebraTale LLC, except where noted. Accuracy of articles is UNPREDICTABLE and not guaranteed. Unpredictable was published from 2001 to 2008. Although updated occasionally, this is a historical archive - expect dead links. Caveat lector.
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