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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.

 
 

Firefox 7.0

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Continuing their new silly version numbering, Mozilla has released Firefox 7.0 (think of it as 4.3 in the real world), once again adding no real new features to the organization’s Web browser. Memory handling is supposedly “drastically improved” for certain use cases, Firefox Sync is faster, the http:// URL prefix is hidden by default in the address bar, MathML support has been enhanced, and there are a few other minor changes. Walk, don’t run, to download it. Also note that the just-released Firefox 7.0.1 fixes a rare bug that could hide add-ons after the 7.0 update was installed; if you’re not seeing the problem, it’s safely ignored for now. (Free, 28.2 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Firefox 7.0

Hi Adam: Firefox has just been updated to 7.0.1. Check it out.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-03 14:40
Yeah, it's a trivially tiny update... nothing wrong with getting it, but it doesn't deserve coverage.
When will they take the debugging code out? It fills up my console log with arcane messages.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-13 16:52
Strange. I'm not seeing hardly any messages from Firefox.
Dan O'Donnell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2011-10-24 00:41
Is (are) there any compelling reason to upgrade from version 5?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-24 12:19
The only reason would be to get the security fixes. None of the "features" are really even noticeable.