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Opening a Folder from the Dock

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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Apple & AOL

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Apple and America Online (AOL) recently announced an agreement in which Apple will use AOL technologies in future online services managed and marketed by Apple. America Online also granted Apple a non-exclusive license to use America Online to provide "Apple-branded" (git 'em up, little doggies!) online services in exchange for a usage royalty.

This is interesting in that in some form, America Online's technologies originated with Apple, which planned to use it for an "AppleLink Lite" or some such monstrously-named service. Apple has subsequently flirted with SoftArc's excellent FirstClass BBS software as well, but I wonder if this means that Apple has decided to go back to the AOL platform. Perhaps Apple is tiring slightly with AppleLink or enough people have complained about the high costs? Who knows? I just wish AOL would significantly revamp their messaging interface, add off-line capabilities past the basic email and downloads, and increase the limitation on incoming email from the Internet gateway past the thoroughly absurd 25K.

 

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
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