A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac's Quick Look feature - useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar - stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you've connected to your system.
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The Chromecast is a little miracle of a device that keeps getting better over time. If you want to be the first to try out new Chromecast features, Google's created a preview program just for you.
Today, Google quietly released a developer preview of Android N. If you're one of the lucky few with a Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Nexus Player or Pixel C, here's how to install it and try out the new hotness.
Mac OS X Leopard only: One of the built-in Mac utilities that got the most feature additions in Leopard—albeit pretty quietly—is Preview, the PDF and image viewer. We've already covered how you can do more with Preview in Leopard, but Mac OS X Hints points out another good one: image annotation. Add arrows and notes, or circle and outline areas of an image in Preview using the Annotation menu. (In Preview's View menu choose Customise Toolbar, then drag the Annotate menu onto the toolbar.) Then, when you're editing a non-PDF image in Preview, just select your annotation, and click and drag on the image itself. Handy, and no third-party software required. Annotate non-PDF images in 10.5's Preview
Windows Vista only: Vista's Preview Pane can be helpful in determining exactly which file you're looking to open, and PreviewConfig lets you extend its usefulness beyond the handful of files Vista automatically provides text or image previews for. The no-install utility provides a list of file types registered on your system, and you simply select the file and choose to add a text or multimedia preview. Multimedia previews generally work with any video or audio file that plays in Windows Media Player, or pictures that can load with a double-click. PreviewConfig is a free download for Windows Vista systems only. For a registry hack that accomplishes the same thing (with more effort), see the How-To Geek at the via link below. PreviewConfig
Firefox with Greasemonkey only: Tunneling through Wikipedia can be pretty time-consuming, given the dense number of links that take you sideways and elsewhere. The Wikipedia Inline Article Viewer, a free Greasemonkey user script, helps you save time and find relevant information by providing a quick preview of linked articles on the same page as the one you're browsing. The script places a small icon next to each article link that activates the pop-ins, but only on Wikipedia page—if that function could be extended to off-site links, it could move to the super-helpful category. As it is, it's still a good way to find, or avoid, information on a great resource. Wikipedia Inline Article Viewer is a free download that works with Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension. Wikipedia Inline Article Viewer
Leopard only: Another handy new set of features in Mac OS 10.5 that didn't get much attention arrived in Preview.app, that trusty utility that opens images and PDF files. In Tiger, Preview was mostly a file viewer, but in Leopard, you can edit images, rearrange and merge PDF files, as well as perform batch actions on a set of files. Let's take a look.