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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.

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Scan Mac News Headlines at Alltop

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Guy Kawasaki is at it again, with a new site called Alltop that, among other topics, provides a single-page, easily scanned aggregation of the main Macintosh news sites. After helping to create Truemors, a site that lets people post short 350-character comments about interesting things, Guy and his team discovered that a significant percentage of the Truemors traffic was coming from Popurls, a single-page aggregation site that brings together headlines from the RSS feeds of news and tech Web sites. That got them thinking about aggregation of other types of sites, and, with Guy involved, Macintosh news was of course among the topics they chose for their launch.

There's nothing particularly new about the concept of headline aggregation, but Alltop has a spare, elegant interface that shows the most recent five headlines from each site, displays a pop-up preview when you mouse over a headline, and lets you click through to read full articles. So hey, if you're not already using a Mac news aggregation site, check out the Mac-specific Alltop page, which will even alert you to the latest articles from TidBITS. And if you sneak over to another Alltop site to scan headlines about celebrities, fashion, sports, or science, we won't tell.

 

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