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Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Firefox 18

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Reaching voting age in record time, Mozilla has released Firefox 18 with the new IonMonkey JavaScript compiler, which Mozilla claims will improve the speed of Web apps and games by up to 25 percent. The new release also gets Retina display support (joining the already Retina-fied Safari and Chrome Web browsers) for those running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later. It also adds “preliminary” support for the Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) open framework that enables in-browser video chat capabilities. Other changes include improved performance when switching tabs, improved image quality thanks to a new HTML scaling algorithm, a fix that disables insecure content from loading on HTTPS pages, and improved proxy responsiveness. Note that if you haven’t opened Firefox in a while and allowed the automatic updates to be applied, you’ll have to go through multiple updates to get to Firefox 18 (our version needed to jump first from 16.0.1 to 17.0.1 and then to 18). (Free, 36.6 MB, release notes)

 

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Lisa Spangenberg  2013-01-09 10:11
I think the most telling part of this article was this bit:

Note that if you haven’t opened Firefox in awhile and allowed the automatic updates to be applied, you’ll have to go through multiple updates to get to Firefox 18 (our version needed to first jump from 16.0.1 to 17.0.1 and then to 18).

I'm not sure I've actually used Firefox other than to check a Website in about two years . . .
Agen Schmitz  2013-01-09 10:46
I switched to Chrome full time in the autumn as I was experiencing a lot of RAM hogging by Firefox. I still miss the customizable search engine field, but things are definitely smoother with Chrome.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-09 11:05
Chrome has single-key search shortcuts - look in chrome://chrome/settings/searchEngines

I use this a lot to search TidBITS, Amazon, and Google (since I have the omnibox set to do Google Browse By Name, per http://tidbits.com/article/12099 )
Steve Nicholson  2013-01-09 10:59
Reaching voting age in record time
I shudder to think what will happen when Firefox reaches drinking age!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-09 11:05
It's drinking now, just surreptitiously. ;-)
Jesse the K  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2013-01-14 17:46
On my shiny new Macbook Pro Retina, it zoomed to 102% of (8gig) available ram in five minutes. I think Firefox 18 already has a wooden leg.