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  • Jay Versluis 5:21 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Safari   

    Categories: Mac OS X ( 32 )

    How to force Safari to never open ZIP files again 

    I love Safari – but it has an ultra annoying habit on new installations: it’s trying to be helpful by automatically unzipping ZIP files. It’s the most unuseful feature ever for a techie ever.

    Thankfully we can switch it off – something you only need to do once every 5 years, and hence it’s easily forgotten where and how.

    Open Safari and head over to Safari – Preferences. Under the General Tab, at the very bottom, there’s a tick box. That’s the culprit. Untick it and Safari will never unzip those files for you again.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 17.15.17

    The confusing bit is that ZIP files as such are not mentioned. Mac OS X calls them “archives”.

    Unticking this option also means images and video files are no longer opened up as soon as they’re downloaded. Less automation is sometimes more. This is one such case.

  • Jay Versluis 5:59 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Firefox, Safari   

    Categories: How To ( 30 )

    How to clear your Browser Cache 

    Apple SafariWeb Browsers like to save websites that you’ve visited earlier to speed up how quickly they can be displayed.

    Everything that should be downloaded from the web is saved as local files (up to a point), and if a browser sees that you’re visiting site again that you’ve just been to, he serves the saved files rather than request them from the web again.

    You can clear this cache and force the browser to load the results from the web. Eventually the cache clears itself, but it depends on “when the browser feels like it”.


    If you’re using Safari, you can clear the cache by heading to Safari – Reset Safari. Tick “reset all website data” is usually enough, but you can clear several other things while you’re there too (like the history).

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    On Firefox this option is option is rather hidden under Firefox – Preferences – Advanced – Network, and under Cached Web Content there’s a button “clear now”. It’s always good to have a second browser installed just so you can check up on the other one (and trust neither).

    Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 17.33.20

    Alternatively, hold down CMD on Mac (or CTRL on Windows) and reload a page – this sometimes works on a “per page” basis, especially if you don’t trust what you’re seeing.

    iOS also has this option under Settings – Safari – Clear History and Website Data.

    Just something to keep in mind when you’re seeing unexpected results.

    Thanks to Jerry and his new book for this article – I just explained this to him in an email and thought this would make an excellent blog post 😉

  • Jay Versluis 12:54 am on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: openURL, Safari,   

    Categories: iOS ( 222 )

    How to open a URL in Safari programmatically 

    Instead of loading a URL into a UIWebView we can also launch Safari to display it:

        UIApplication *mySafari = [UIApplication sharedApplication];
        NSURL *myURL = [[NSURL alloc]initWithString:@&quot;<a href="http://www.mydomain.com&quot;/" rel="nofollow">http://www.mydomain.com&quot;</a>;
        [mySafari openURL:myURL];

    The method returns a BOOL value which will feed back if this operation was a success or not:

    if (![mySafari openURL:myURL])
    //  opening didn&#039;t work

    openURL can open phone numbers (tel:), mailto: links, http: and https: links.

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