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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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No Sense of Security? Following my article on Macintosh security challenges in TidBITS-385, I've learned about Dr. John D. Howard's Ph.D. dissertation, which analyzes trends in Internet security from 1989 to 1995 using about 4,300 incidents reported to the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center. Chapters 1 and 14 (the introduction, plus policy implications and recommendations) make for good general reading, and there's plenty of meat to back it up. The research as a whole finds that (with the exception of denial-of-service attacks), security incidents are declining relative to the size of the Internet.

<http://www.cert.org/research/JHThesis/>

If you're looking for a Macintosh security challenge, Sweden's Infinit Information AB opened its second Crack-A-Mac contest on 04-Jul-97. (See TidBITS-378 for details on the first contest.) This time, instead of running a standard, out-of-the-box Mac Web server, they're exposing a cutting edge, real-world system to a real-world pummeling. The Crack-A-Mac server setup includes final candidate versions of WebSTAR and Mac OS 8, plus SiteEdit Pro, multiple domain service via ClearlyHome, and database access via Lasso and FileMaker Pro. To claim the prize money (100,000 Swedish crowns; about $13,000 U.S.), read the contest rules, then alter the contents of the server's home page. [GD]

<http://hacke.infinit.se/>

 

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