Hey, you! Yeah, Buddy, I'm talking to you! What? You don't recognize
No, I'm not that guy from the Village People. I'm the Expander. I'm the
guy who unpacks your files on the BeOS.
You got a tar file? I'll un-tar it. You got a zip file? I'll un-zip it.
You got a gzip file? You think you might need to call in the big guns for
this one? No sweat! 'Cause I'm already there, expanding it for you. When it
comes to unpacking files, I got some serious muscle. All you gotta do is
double-click the compressed file, and there I am, getting the job done.
Now, they say that brains and beauty don't go together, but I'm living
proof that it just ain't so. See, when you work with me, you got options.
You can do the job quick and easy, bada-bing, bada-boom, or you can give me
detailed instructions about how you want the job done, and I'll follow them
to the T.
You got a particular destination for the final expanded file, I can
handle it. You want to set up preferences for where and how files get
saved, I got you covered. You want me to leave windows open or clean up the
Desktop and disappear without a trace when I'm through? No problemo! I'm
Now here's a little secret I'm gonna let you in on, just 'cause we're
You got a package you can't unpack? I mean, the package says ".zip" or
".tar", but when you double-click it, it just sits there, and I don't
appear to be doing much of anything? Don't worry! What you most likely got
is a MIME-type problem, and I can help you on this one. Just hold down the
Control key when you drag and drop the package in question onto my icon. If
there is any way on this planet that I can help you unpack this package,
Control-drag-and-dropping it on me will do the trick. And if I can't help
you even with this trick, well, Buddy, you got bigger problems!
Now to be fair, you could do all your untarring and unzipping from the
Terminal window -- but then you'd miss looking at these massive pecs and
great biceps of mine. So, I know you'll want to keep a softlink of me
on your Desktop, just so you can hand off your files in person. You know the
routine: drag 'em and drop 'em on me. I can handle it!
By the way, if you see the Cowboy or the Motorcycle Cop, tell 'em I
think I can get 'em some work in the Network Server...