Shorten URLs in TextExpander
If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation
/tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.
Are the recent Mac OS X security vulnerabilities the work of genius crackers or mostly just shortcomings in Mac OS X's association of applications and documents? Geoff Duncan looks at the recent Safari exploit and Matt Neuburg explains how we've ended up in this situation. Also in this issue, Adam reviews iPhoto 6 in detail, checks in with the latest news from former Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki, and looks briefly at Apple's announcement of the one-billionth song sold via iTunes.
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A potentially critical security flaw has been uncovered in Apple's Safari Web browser, which may enable attackers to execute arbitrary Unix shell scripts on a user's machine simply by following a link on a Web siteShow full article
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