what is a keychain?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by rdjass0317, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. rdjass0317 macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2007
    what is a keychain and how do you unkeychain something:confused:
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Keychain is the place where all your passwords etc. are stored. Open it up (search for it in Spotlight) to add and remove saved passwords :)
  3. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!

    A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, that connects a small item to a keyring. The length of a keychain allows an item to be used more easily than if connected directly to a keyring. Some keychains allow one or both ends the ability to rotate, keeping the keychain from becoming twisted, while the item is being used.

    A keychain can also be a connecting link between a keyring and the belt of an individual. It is usually employed by personnel whose job demands frequent use of keys, such as a security guard, prison officer, janitor, or retail store manager. The chain is often retractable, and therefore may be a nylon rope, instead of an actual metal chain. The chain ensures that the keys remain attached to the individual using them, makes accidental loss less likely, and saves on wear and tear on the pockets of the user.

    A keychain can also be a short chain used to link together a number of keys or other items.
    Keychain items

    Items commonly attached via a keychain or keyring include:

    * Bottle openers
    * Bullets
    * Compasses
    * Digital sound recorders
    * Electronic games
    * Flashlights
    * Keyrings
    * Laser pointers
    * Logos, slogans, or phrases
    * Mace (spray)
    * Memo pads
    * Monkey's fist
    * Ornamental or decorative items
    * Personal sirens
    * Pill boxes
    * Photos (photo holders)
    * Rabbit's feet
    * Religious items (e.g., crosses Traveller's Prayers or hamsas)
    * Tape measures
    * Text labels
    * Thermometers (analog and digital)
    * Tools (e.g., Swiss Army knives)
    * Security tokens
    * USB flash drives
    * Vehicle remote keyless system
    * Watches and stopwatches
    * Whistles
    * Monuments

    Works Cited

    Keychain. (n.d.). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 30, 2007, from Reference.com website: http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Keychain

    Figure 1: A "Got Music" Metallic Keychain

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  4. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    That's not very helpful sikkinixx...

    You only answered the first part of the question. The OP also clearly asked how to unkeychain things, which you utterly failed to answer :( .

  5. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    How to Unchain Things

    Step one:

    Grasp keychain firmly in hand.

    Step two:

    Use thumb to depress lever on keychain

    Step three:

    Allow things on keychain to slide free from the opening

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  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Go to developer.apple.com, then type "keychain" in the search box.
  7. GothicChess.Com macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    10,000 comedians out of work and these guys are trying to be funny :)
  8. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Ahh, I see now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    The helpfulness of this forum is incredible! It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time people are willing to put in to help their fellow MR members! I mean, pictures and everything!

    Keep up the good work, sikki!
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Sheesh.. I don't know about you lot, but every time I view this page, the Google adverts at the bottom are all pages about keychains! How could you have missed them?

    (I kid! I kid!)

    In case you've missed it, Keychain is a feature in OSX that enables applications such as web browsers or the Finder to save username & password information so you don't have to enter them each time.

    AIUI, if the keychain is locked, you'll need to enter a password to retrieve any name & password from it, if it's unlocked you won't, but you may be asked if you want to allow the app to read or not.

    You can view what's in your keychain by using the Keychain Access program.
  10. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    SafariBlock ;)

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