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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.

 
 

Bounce of the Week

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Bounce of the Week -- Every now and then you get a sign that lets you know that creativity is not dead, even among those who write mailer error messages. This message was one of those signs. It's not often that something on the Internet bounces because the recipient's machine isn't a typewriter. [ACE]

  421 rex.re.uokhsc.edu.tcpld... Deferred: Not a typewriter
  550 david@REX.RE.UOKHSC.EDU... Host unknown: Not a typewriter

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>