Babies – If you’re wanting a baby movie that’s a little more realistic, you can’t go past “Babies,” a 2009 documentary by French director Thomas Balms, which follows four babies
from around the world, from birth to first steps. In Tokyo, Mari is surrounded by lots of perplexing educational tools in her playpens for babies, and she falls over, crying in
frustration when she can’t figure out how to fit that rod into that hole. In San Francisco, Hattie, whose parents are a pair of new-age hippies, attends dance and movement
classes and bobs up and down in her harness. Bayar in Mongolia lives a carefree rural existence, as does Ponijao in the Namibian flatlands. “Babies” gives a fascinating insight
into the way different babies live, and will have you wondering which babies have it better.

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Mac OS X v10.6: Mac 101 – Finder and the desktop


The Finder lets you organize, view, and access practically everything on your Mac, including applications, files, folders, discs, SD memory cards, and shared drives on your network. The desktop is the space where you see file, folder, and volume icons.

Products Affected

Mac OS X 10.6

The Finder is represented by a blue smiling face icon on the Dock, as shown below (clicking the Finder icon in the Dock brings the Finder to the foreground). When you connect a hard disk, DVD or SD memory card to your Mac, its icon shows up on the desktop and Finder window sidebars.

Summary of improvements in Snow Leopard

  • The Finder has been completely rewritten using the modern Cocoa framework in Mac OS X, taking advantage of the new technologies in Snow Leopard–including 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch. The familiar Finder interface is unchanged, but you will discover the Finder is faster and more responsive. It also includes an enhanced icon view with live file previews, so you can thumb through a multipage document or even watch a QuickTime movie.
  • Snow Leopard improves the reliability of ejecting discs and external drives. Sometimes when an application or process is using the files on a drive, Mac OS X prevents you from ejecting it, but you might not know why. In Snow Leopard, you should see fewer of those situations, and when you do get them, you’ll be told exactly what is using the drive, so you can quit it and eject the drive properly.

Elements of the Finder

This is a sample of what a Finder window looks like (in Cover Flow view mode):

  1. Apple Menu – Access items such as Software Update, System Preferences, Sleep, and Shut Down.
  2. Menu bar  – Contains the Apple menu, active application menu, menu bar extras and the Spotlight icon.  The Finder menu has items such as Finder Preferences, Services, and Secure Empty Trash.
  3. Finder window close, minimize and zoom buttons.
  4. Finder window View buttons:
    • Icon view – Used to display the contents of your folder as a series of icons.  Snow Leopard introduces live icon previews that you can use to thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie.
    • List view – Used to display your folder in a spreadsheet-style manner.  Each folder can be expanded by clicking on the disclosure triangle just to the left of the folder.  You can easily sort by file name, date modified, and so forth.  Choose Show View Options from the View menu to add / remove attribute columns.  You can change the sorting from ascending order to descending order and back again by clicking on the attribute column title.
    • Column view – Used to display the hierarchy of your hard disk where each column represents a folder.
    • Cover Flow view – Used to display the contents of your folder just like the Cover Flow used in iTunes.  You can see live previews of images, documents and movies, and can thumb through documents and movies.
  5. Quick Look button – Click it to bring up a Quick Look preview of the file you have selected.  See the Quick Look section below for more details.
  6. Action Menu – Quick access to Finder functions for highlighted items, such as Get Info, Move to Trash, and Services.
  7. Search Field – Start typing a word or phrase and Spotlight will search your Mac for any matches.  See the Finder Preferences section below for information about how to set your default search.
  8. Hide / Show Finder window toolbar & sidebar – Click it to hide or show the Finder window toolbar and sidebar.
  9. Spotlight icon – Click it to bring up the Spotlight search field, where you can search for anything on your Mac.
  10. Back / Forward buttons – As you move to different places in the Finder window, you can use the back button to return one step back and the forward button to go forward.
  11. Sidebar – Items are grouped into categories: Devices, Shared, Places, and Search For — The top portion has Devices and Shared which contains whatever is connected to your Mac, such as a hard disk, iDisk, network share points, SD memory card, or DVDs. The middle portion has Places which contains quick access to your Desktop, Home folder—the folder named after your user account name, Applications and Documents. The bottom portion has Search For which contains quick access to Smart Folders that will find any file on your Mac that was used Today, Yesterday, Past Week and document types like All Images, All Movies, All Documents.
  12. Cover Flow content- Showing you a live preview of your files, where you can page through a document or watch a QuickTime movie.
  13. The Finder application icon –  Click it to bring the Finder to the foreground and open a Finder window if none are already opened.
  14. The Dock – Quick access to the Finder and your most frequently used applications, folders, and files.  With a single click the application, folder, or file opens..
  15. Trash – deleted items are kept here until you empty the Trash. You can also eject DVD’s, SD memory cards and drives connected to your Mac by dragging them to the trash.  Note: Snow Leopard introduces the Put Back option for files in the Trash.  See the below for details.
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Convert Attachment To Google Docs

When you are using Apps mail, Google will automatically detect supported file types for your attachments and offer an option to open the attachment using Google Docs, either as a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation. When you open the attachment in Google Docs, you don’t need to download the file to your computer and it will be available with the rest of your Google Docs files.
Check compatibility of your documents

To automatically convert an email attachment to Google Docs, click the “Open as a Google spreadsheet” link in the attachment area at the bottom of the message. The document will then convert in a new window for you to view and edit as you would with any other file in Google Docs.

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The Cost of Virtualization

Like most things in life, virtualization is not without its drawbacks. Beyond the financial costs of having to purchase an extra license for your guest operating system (if you’re virtualizing Windows or another proprietary platform), as well as paying for virtualization software (if you choose a non-free virtualization package), there are fundamental downsides to virtualization that are worth noting.Above all, the factor that makes virtualization on the desktop unattractive is the relatively high demand it places on system resources.  Virtualization ties up large amounts of RAM in particular, making it difficult to virtualize on older and low-end computers.

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Google Chrome OS is an open source

Google Chrome OS is an open source: lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve


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