Jan
16

Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young (Video)

Posted by Aaron West at 5:58 PM in Music

I'm not a huge fan of the Jimmy Fallon show but sometimes it has great moments. This is one of them. Check out Jimmy Fallon performing as Neil Young. His is a scary-good rendition of the iconic musician.

Jan
16

You've been able to turn on SSL on your Gmail account since 2008. It was a transmission preference that Google let you manage on your own. That management has supposedly been taken away as Google has announced HTTPS is now default on all Gmail accounts.

According to the blog posts, and the below screenshot from a Gmail help page, only those users who had not already changed their security setting will have it turned on by default. And even after they've turned it on by default you'll still be able to turn it off the same way you have before.

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Jan
16

How To Show All File Extensions on Mac

Posted by Aaron West at 2:43 PM in Mac, Leopard

I was on my new MacBook Pro the other day, working on some database stuff when I accidentally hit ⌘+comma in a Finder window. This keyboard sequence brings up the software preferences for whatever program you have activated. I was a bit surprised to see the Finder Preferences window pop up because I hadn't seen it in over a year. Since I was on a new machine I clicked through the various tabs in the window and noticed the Show all filename extensions in the Advanced tab. I'd never seen this setting before so I turned it on. And it did exactly what it says it does, makes all extensions of every file show up in all Finder windows.

I like this setting as I'm always editing file properties (⌘+i) that don't show an extension to force the behavior. The only downside to this setting - if you can call it that - is apps in the Applications Finder window show a .app extension. That's probably the only file type I don't want to show an extension.

Here's a screenshot of the Advanced tab settings in the Finder preferences window. Maybe someone else will be as excited to find this feature as I was. Incidentally, I thought this might've been a feature added in Snow Leopard. Sadly (sad that I didn't know), I checked an OS X 10.5 machine and saw the same setting.