I do a lot of support for friend's Macs and one thing I do for them all (this is OS 9 and below only!) is to put an alias for the Trash on the desktop, near the hard drive icon. I have a couple of nice disk icons and I make the new Trash alias's icon a disk, and rename it Eject Disk.<br><br>Now people dump stuff that they no longer want into the Trash, and use Eject Disk to eject disks. No more hesitation about putting disks full of important information into the Trash.<br><br>X has a tweak for this, when you put a disk into the trash there is an indication that you are ejecting it. But for OS 9, this is a good use of (normally very precious) desktop space.<br><br>Opinions???<br><br>
BRILLIANT!! I've been a Mac user and "local support friend" for years, and this is the first time I've ever seen this trick. Definitely wins my award! (um... that may be "Coolest Simplest Safest Friendliest Most-Environmentally-Friendly Mac OS Tweak Of The Decade" or something...)<br><br>
Neil (?) -<br><br>Actually it is a lot easier and faster to do many things from the keyboard (saves moving your hands among other things) but the whole idea of a GUI is that it is usable without training. Without re-writing a book about how to design a "Humane Interface" - if you can give people an interface that does not require training, remembering arcane key combinations (all key combos are arcane to someone!), etc you will give them a system that will allow them to create and not cripple them with trying to remember how to use the computer (etc).<br><br>The beauty of this little idea (basically modified from the ideas of others of course!) is that you can figure out the use of the icon by just looking at it. I never have to tell anyone what it is for - they just know.<br><br>The beauty of this idea is in it's simplicity.<br><br>
y (why) do I use apple/command "y"?<br><br>when you said apple e, i thought "hey that is wrong". i looked and my sys 9.0.4 says "e" for eject disk.<br><br>hmmmmmmmm<br><br>* * * * * * * * ** * * *<br>Kate<br>
Loc: London, England
Point taken Charles and the GUI is one of the many reasons why I'm a Mac person, but while the keyboard/mouse are an integral part of the user/Mac interface (bloody hell, this is a bit heavy for a Saturday morning) it makes sense to use them both.<br><br>
Loc: London, England
You really should consider moving up to OS9.1. Despite the fact that I'm using a Rev B iMac, 9.1 has brought a considerable speed increase and the stability is astonishing. The downside is that it uses 62 meg of RAM, but this is still a pittance compared to OSX!<br><br>Keep on chatting…<br><br>
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