Turn Off Filename Extension Warning
In Leopard, Apple fixed an annoying aspect of working with the Finder in Tiger. Previously, if you changed a file's extension, the Finder prompted for confirmation. But since no one has ever accidentally changed a filename extension, Apple thankfully added an option to turn that warning off in the Leopard Finder's preferences. Choose Finder > Preferences, and in the Advanced screen, deselect Show Warning Before Changing an Extension.
Roving correspondent Jeff Porten has once again shouldered the Herculean task of covering the Consumer Electronics Show for TidBITS, and he has reported back with several articles about the new technology at CES. In other news, we've published the new "Take Control of Easy Mac Backups" ebook; two Apple-focused documentaries are now available for free streaming; a lawsuit against Apple alleging iPod-related hearing loss was thrown out; the Kindle DX is now available outside the United States; and the venerable multimedia project "If Monks Had Macs" can now be downloaded for free. Finally, Chris Pepper offers solutions to the problem of how to download Apple software updates even if you don't have high-speed Internet access all the time. Notable software releases this week include Bonjour Update 2010-001, DocHaven 4.2, Firefox 3.5.7, BusyCal 1.1.2, HoudahSpot 2.6.2, and Corel Painter 220.127.116.11.
The documentary "MacHEADS" has been shown on CNBC this month, but if you missed it, it's available for online streaming too, as is the documentary "Welcome to Macintosh."Show full article
If getting started with backups is on your list of New Year's resolutions, Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of Easy Mac Backups" will help you make reliable backups without unnecessary fuss or trouble. Show full article
For those outside the United States pining for a Kindle DX, your wait is nearly over.Show full article
A federal appeals court has ruled in Apple's favor regarding a class-action lawsuit that claimed iPods could cause serious hearing damage.Show full article
The groundbreaking multimedia project "If Monks Had Macs" is now available for free download. Take a look, and if you have some spare bandwidth, help seed the torrent file.Show full article
Who's the owner of the car pictured in this photograph? With an Apple sticker and a TIDBITS license plate, surely he or she must be one of our readers.Show full article
Please welcome Code42 Software, makers of the excellent backup software CrashPlan, as our newest long-term TidBITS sponsor!Show full article
If you don't have high-speed Internet access, downloading software updates from Apple may be difficult or impossible. Chris Pepper offers a few solutions, both for scheduling when Software Update runs and for working around it entirely.Show full article
During the press days at CES, before the exhibition floor opens, some of the most interesting bits of technology are shown to members of the media, like our own Jeff Porten. Read on to learn about laser projectors, minuscule computers, iPhone-controlled hovercrafts, and yes, a blender.Show full article
ShowStoppers isn't exactly related to CES, but many of the CES exhibitors showed up at this media event, showing off neat products ranging from a GSM-to-VoIP call router to a 3D printer, along with a service that will ensure Jeff Porten never again gets a second date.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Bonjour Update 2010-001, DocHaven 4.2, Firefox 3.5.7, BusyCal 1.1.2, HoudahSpot 2.6.2, and Corel Painter 18.104.22.168.Show full article
Along with a pair of interviews - Adam on the OWC Radio podcast and Joe Kissell talking about right-clicking on Tech Night Owl Live - we found ourselves reading about a neat way to make it more likely that a kind soul will return a lost camera, looking at magazine covers of Steve Jobs over the years, noticing that you can now play samples of iTunes Store tracks via the iTunes Preview Web site, and learning that Apple has just purchased a mobile advertising firm.Show full article
In this week's discussions, readers seek help with exporting movies from iMovie, transferring all of one's data to a new Mac, and hosting BitTorrent seeds of the venerable (and now free) "If Monks had Macs" project. Also this week, is it acceptable to say "right-click" when referring to the action that displays a contextual menu, and what could be the cause of poor iPhone reception in northern Virginia?Show full article