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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.

 
 

Tiger Still Resists Showing Preferred Networks

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Tiger Still Resists Showing Preferred Networks -- Last week, I explained how to force a Mac OS X system upgraded from Panther to Tiger to display a list of preferred AirPort networks in the Network preferences pane that you could edit, remove, add to, or rearrange by preferred order of connections (see "Adding Tiger's AirPort Preferred Network List" in TidBITS-794). Several readers wrote in to say that their upgraded Tiger systems still wouldn't provide a preferred list.

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08223>

These notes make it increasingly clear that we're encountering a larger bug than I originally suspected, one that suppresses this option of seeing which network your computer "prefers" based on whether you agreed to remember the network in the future when connecting to it. Another way to work around this bug is to create an entirely new location setting and set up AirPort from scratch within that location, but even this workaround isn't always effective.

One reader with an otherwise perfectly functional Tiger system sees a blank list of networks. Clicking the plus (+) sign doesn't bring up a dialog. Creating a new location setting didn't fix the problem either. At a loss, I suggested reinstalling Mac OS X, which is such a Windows thing to do, but I can't see how he might otherwise be able to resolve the fundamental networking issues. [GF]

 

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>