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Show Hidden Files in Open/Save Dialogs in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, if you want to show otherwise hidden files in Open and Save dialog file lists, just press Command-Shift-period. Pressing it again hides the files.

 
 

FTP Snatching

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FTP Snatching -- In response to our FAQtoid that mentioned how spammers might capture your email address when you visit a Web page, Peter N Lewis <peter@stairways.com.au> noted a sneaky technique involving FTP:

Another way I've heard to snatch an email address when visiting a Web page is by coding an inline image with an FTP URL. The browser then automatically FTPs the file for you to show you the image - but when it anonymously FTPs the file, the browser typically uses your email address as the password (as anonymous FTP should - sending your email address is taken as a signature to abide by the usage guidelines). Thus an unscrupulous FTP server (or Web server using the anonymous FTP inline image) can capture your email address as well.

 

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>