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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Flashblock Update for Firefox 1.5

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The Flashblock extension for Firefox lets you control whether Flash animations automatically start playing on Web pages (see "Firefox Flash Blocker" in TidBITS-794). With the release of Firefox 1.5, I was bereft! No update! Andrew Lawrence pointed out via iChat that Flashblock had an update - the extension has forked into two separate versions. For Firefox 1.0.x, you can use Flashblock 1.3.3; for Firefox 1.5, Flashblock 1.5.

<http://flashblock.mozdev.org/>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08225>

Installing extensions within Firefox is a breeze:

  1. Visit the Web page containing the extension.
  2. Find the install link.
  3. The extension should download (if it's blocked, see below); click Install.
  4. Quit Firefox and launch it again to load the extension.

If the extension doesn't download in Step 3, that's due to Firefox's clever way of disallowing software installations from sites you haven't approved.

Here's how to approve the site:

  1. Click the download button or install button on the Web site.
  2. A gray bar appears across the top of the Firefox browser warning you the installation was blocked.
  3. Click the Edit Options button at the far right of this gray bar.
  4. The domain name is prefilled in the pop-up window; click Allow to add the domain to an approved list.
  5. Click the Close button.
  6. Try Step 1 again; if it works, go to Step 4 in the installation steps.

 

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