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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.

 
 

Listen to Guy Kawasaki's Online Conference

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Listen to Guy Kawasaki's Online Conference -- Ex-Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki has a new book out, called The Art of the Start, about starting new companies, projects, or anything else. It's based in large part on his experiences over the last few years as a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, which is an early-stage venture capital firm. I'm still reading it, but the sections I've made it through so far are practical, sharply written, and tend to spark ideas, so I'm looking forward to finishing and reviewing it soon.

<http://www.guykawasaki.com/books/>
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 1591840562/tidbitselectro00/ref=nosim/>
<http://www.garage.com/>

In the meantime, though, Guy's giving a pair of free hour-long online conferences using technology from Raindance; the first was 21-Oct-04; the next one is scheduled for 18-Nov-04 at 10 AM Pacific. You'll see Guy's presentation slides while listening to him on the phone. Signing up was a bit involved, but it wasn't difficult, and despite the warnings about how it might not work in Safari or on the Mac in general, I had no trouble watching and listening to the first conference. Guy was his usual irreverent self, making it a enjoyable and thought-provoking hour, although he told me later that it felt odd to give a presentation without an audience there to provide immediate feedback. [ACE]

<http://www.raindance.com/rndc/solutions/ marketingExecutives.jsp?it=secNav>

 

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>