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I read somewhere on the web a tip about being able to use Opera to browse an iPod and pull songs from it. Just drag your iPod to an empty Opera window and browse to:


You're presented with a bunch of "F" directories and I can't see how the songs are indexed. So it makes finding a particular song difficult.

However, this browse feature is also quite useful in other ways ... I was looking for a particular file in a recent backup of mine. I use Apple's Backup app and didn't need to restore the complete backup; I was just looking for a specific prefs file. I thought I'd give Opera a try, and it worked for that too. I dragged my backup file to an Opera window and was able to navigate to the specific file and "download" it to my desktop. I tried this in other browsers and it didn't work. I guess I'll have to keep Opera around.

[robg adds: Other browsers have local file browsing capability as well, but Opera's is relatively nicely done. Drag and drop a folder, and you'll get a multi-column listing of name, type, size, and date/time. Directories are clickable, and files that Opera can handle (JPG, PNG, MP3, etc.) are played/shown right in the browser.]
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Use Opera to browse local files
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 21, '04 02:56:10PM

Note that the actual URL format is "file:///path/to/file/or/directory" (note the three slashes after the colon).

This URL type can accept a hostname and other information in the URL, which can be omitted. You still technically need the delimiting solidus, however.


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Use Opera to browse local files
Authored by: gdsimms on Jun 21, '04 03:07:36PM

"Some browsers" have this functionality. Not Safari. Curious. I'm guessing the reason for the metallization of Finder in Panther is the future integration of the two, a la Konqueror or MS Explorer. It seemed so natural to browse file systems and http in the same interface once I got used to Konqueror on Linux several years ago (Before "switching" to Mac). I can't wait to see if Tiger does this.

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Use Opera to browse local files
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 21, '04 09:01:45PM

Well, the file URL type is handed off by Safari to whatever the OS says is the handler. By default, I think that the file: URL type is handled by the Finder.

Apple has made it pretty clear that they intended Safari to be a web browser and are not adding functionality to directly handle arbitrary URL types like ftp:, file: or many other URL types. When Safari sees one of these URL types it does not directly handle, it passes it off to whatever is the registered handler.

Of course, depending on how this is implemented, you can end up with exploitable disk:, help: or telnet: URL types.


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Browse Backup
Authored by: wookitus on Jun 21, '04 04:51:26PM

You can browse the Apple Backup files by simply showing the package contents in the finder.

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