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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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Security Update 2004-12-02 Released

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Security Update 2004-12-02 Released -- Apple continues to release security updates, with Security Update 2004-12-02 rolling in fixes for numerous potential exploits. The improvements update the Apache Web server, the Cyrus IMAP server, Kerberos, the Postfix mail server, QuickTime Streaming Server, Safari, and Terminal, along with several low-level frameworks. Although none of the vulnerabilities seem particularly serious, it's always worth staying up-to-date on security patches to help prevent problems. Security Update 2004-12-02 is available via Software Update (sizes range between 12 MB and 24 MB depending on operating system version), and it's available as separate downloads as well for the client and server versions of Mac OS 10.2.8 and Mac OS X 10.3.6.

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

It's worth noting in passing that Apple also recently released a minor update to iCal to plug a security hole surrounding alarms that open programs or send email. iCal 1.5.4 is also available via Software Update and as a standalone download; it's 8.2 MB. [ACE]

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ ical.html>

 

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