Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

Visit Eolake's Blog

Submitted by
Eolake Stobblehouse

 
 

Security Update 2004-06-07 Plugs Launch Services Holes

Send Article to a Friend

Just as we were about to wrap this issue, including a brief bit about an update to Paranoid Android - Unsanity's hack for warning the user about the launching of unknown URL schemes - Apple released Security Update 2004-06-07, which claims to fix all of the recently identified security vulnerabilities in Mac OS X (see our articles on the topic in TidBITS-731 for full details on what was broken).

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/07679>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/07680>
<http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/pa/>

In short, the security update revises Launch Services so it alerts the user to applications that have not been explicitly launched before (with a dialog along the lines of the one Paranoid Android puts up). It also removes the registration of the disk URL scheme so disk images accessed via disk URLs no longer mount automatically. A change to Safari eliminates a feature that could open certain downloaded files when the Show in Finder button was clicked. And lastly, an unrelated fix enables telnet URLs to have port numbers specified with them again; that functionality had been removed by a previous security update. See Apple's articles on the topic for more details and a look at the new alert.

<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html? artnum=61798>
<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html? artnum=25785>

Security Update 2004-06-07 is available via Software Update; it's also available as a 900K standalone download for both Mac OS X 10.3.4 and Mac OS X 10.2.8.

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ securityupdate_2004-06-07_(_10_3_4).html>
<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ securityupdate_2004-06-07_(_10_2_8).html>

Needless to say, we haven't had time to evaluate how well Apple's fixes work or if they cause any other problems, but we'll be tracking user reports on TidBITS Talk and other forums in the upcoming week.

 

READERS LIKE YOU! Support TidBITS by becoming a member today!
Check out the perks at <http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html>
Special thanks to Dana Gregory, Richard Fons, Carolynn Clark, and
William Riski for their generous support!