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



Related Articles



Deciding Between the iPhone and iPod touch

Send Article to a Friend

Tonya and I have been thinking about buying an iPod touch so we don't have to buy an iPhone, or rather, so we don't have to pay a monthly fee just to own an iPhone that we wouldn't use much for calling. Of course, that raises the question of just how much of an "iPhone without the phone" the iPod touch really is. Bill Palmer at iProng has done just such a comparison now, and it appears that the primary concerns from our perspective are the missing Mail, Notes, Google Maps, and Weather applications; the Calendar application being read-only (you can't add events - how lame is that?); and apparently inferior screen quality. Other differences that seem less noticeable or that make sense given that the iPod touch is not a phone include no EDGE support, no Bluetooth, no external volume buttons, no built-in speakers, a plastic stand instead of a dock, a less-durable back surface, and no camera.

I suspect the ever-enthusiastic iPhone hacking community will come up with a way to reinstall the missing applications from the iPhone back onto the iPod touch, but that's pure speculation, and not something on which I'd base a buying decision. Might there be a way to buy an iPhone but avoid the monthly bill? Although it's possible to activate an iPhone with an AT&T prepaid GoPhone plan, the cheapest plan that iTunes presents, according to the screenshots Erica Sadun linked to in TUAW, is $49.98 per month, which includes 200 minutes and unlimited data usage. Since I'm more trying to reduce the overall cost of ownership rather than avoid the two-year contract, dropping the price from $60 per month to $50 isn't a big win. At least I hear that AT&T has updated their network to stop alerting prepaid iPhone users to every $0.00 data usage.

Now that the iPhone price has dropped $200, the 8 GB iPod touch is only $100 cheaper than the 8 GB iPhone. So what about buying an iPhone and using INdependence? Previously known as iActivator, INdependence is a hack application that promises to activate an iPhone without signing up for a monthly plan, although like many hack applications it's definitely not for the faint of heart. If it worked, it would enable use of an iPhone without the calling or cell data communication capabilities, which might be just about perfect.

The only nagging question is if it's ethical to work around what Apple and AT&T intend with a "hacktivated" iPhone. After all, Apple's pricing undoubtedly takes into account the monthly revenue the company will accrue from its deal with AT&T, so using an iPhone in this hacked fashion would damage both companies' bottom lines. What's your opinion?


PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy. Review and mark up
your PDFs, fill and sign forms, and even export PDFs to Word format.
Signing is now easier, you can view the OCR text layer, and more.
Try editing your PDFs today! <>