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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.

 
 

Apple Adds More RSS Syndication Feeds

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Apple Adds More RSS Syndication Feeds -- Apple has quietly offered RSS-based news feeds for a while, but the company recently added a page that lists every feed, which includes many subcategories. For instance, you can monitor all the latest downloads, or just downloads by category. Likewise, you can get an update whenever iTunes songs are posted in certain genres, or generate your own custom query.

<http://www.apple.com/rss/>

If you haven't heard of RSS (Really Simple Syndication, among other expansions), it is a simple way for a Web site to format (or "syndicate") a list of their latest headlines or Web log entries so that a corresponding RSS news reader can subscribe to a given set of headlines, given the feed's URL. In Apple's case, you Control-click the XML icon next to the feed name and copy the URL to the clipboard before pasting it into your RSS news reader. (And yes, TidBITS offers an RSS feed as well via the first link below.) With RSS, you control the subscription, and your email address isn't passed to the site. I wrote a lengthy piece for The Seattle Times about RSS recently. A popular Mac OS X RSS news reader is the free NetNewsWire Lite from Ranchero Software. The $40 NetNewsWire lets you post blog entries to popular blogging software and hosts. [GF]

<http://www.tidbits.com/channels/tidbits.rss>
<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/ businesstechnology/2001786075_ ptrss08.html>
<http://ranchero.com/netnewswire>

 

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