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Turn Off Filename Extension Warning

In Leopard, Apple fixed an annoying aspect of working with the Finder in Tiger. Previously, if you changed a file's extension, the Finder prompted for confirmation. But since no one has ever accidentally changed a filename extension, Apple thankfully added an option to turn that warning off in the Leopard Finder's preferences. Choose Finder > Preferences, and in the Advanced screen, deselect Show Warning Before Changing an Extension.


Sparrow 1.1

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iOS-inspired email software Sparrow has been updated to version 1.1. Starting with this incarnation of the software, Sparrow now supports many more types of email accounts; in addition to Gmail, you can now use the software with MobileMe, Yahoo!, AOL, and any IMAP account. Also new is support for Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature, an Unread View, per-account signatures, and a formatting bar for composing richer messages. Sparrow now offers support for multitouch gestures, contact groups, and Gravatars, too. In addition, close to two dozen bugs have been fixed. ($9.99 via the Mac App Store, free update, free lite version available, 10.2 MB)


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I would like to see a review on how to use it instead of Apples Mail. I never try alternative clients as they want to take over Mails mailboxes.

There are a couple of features I hope to see in an email client. One is to be able change the Subject to something meaningful (this was available in old Eudora). I would also like to, via rules and manually, set an expiration date for some mail (which would automatically delete the mail if it has been read.