Articles posted in January, 2004

Panther’s Address Book: Major issue with Canadian postal codes and Autocomplete feature

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 • 5:03 am

Here’s a bug report that I sent to Apple today: * SUMMARY Address Book: Autocomplete should be off by default for postal code field. * STEPS TO REPRODUCE 1. Go to Address Book application. 2. Use “Canada” for default format for mailing addresses. 3. Create one AB entry with postal code “B5A 2T1” 4. Create […]

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Word X: Brain-dead split bar behavior

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 • 4:27 am

Open a Word document. Use the split bar to split the window into two separate panes in order to display two different sections of the same document at the same time. Go to the second pane, scroll down the document, do some text editing. Take your mouse pointer, drag it to the first pane, click […]

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Seaman: Arsène Wenger was right

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 • 3:26 am

While David Seaman is deservedly hailed following his announced retirement, no one seems to mention that, once again, Wenger was right in his concern last year that David Seaman wouldn’t last another season, which prompted his decision to move to Manchester City. On the other hand, Kevin Keegan doesn’t look so smart, and surely this […]

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PowerPoint X: Scandalously poor text editing interface

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004 • 6:14 am

I don’t know if it’s the same for PowerPoint XP or other Windows versions of the product, but the text editing tools in PowerPoint X are abominably poor. I have already covered certain problems before. Here are a couple of new ones that are driving me nuts today. The first one is, I suspect, a […]

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New York Times article on mad-cow disease (B.S.E.)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004 • 4:51 am

As someone who was still living in western Europe in the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, I am all too aware of what mad-cow disease is. In fact, the simple fact that I was living there at the time — whether I actually ate beef or not — means that I am […]

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“more than” vs. “over”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004 • 1:49 am

This is something that has been bothering me for a long time… Since English is only my second language, I don’t always have the “intuitive” knowledge required. In this particular case, I just can’t seem to find any information about the difference between more than and over when applied to a number. Is there any […]

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Dan Gillmor on “democratizing the media”

Monday, January 12th, 2004 • 8:50 am

Dan Gillmor has an interesting article on what he sees as a democratic revolution induced by modern technologies. But what is even more interesting is the discussion that follows, involving Tim O’Reilly and others. I particularly agree with reader “Nate”, who says: Websites did overthrow big media. At least for me and others who bother […]

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Using Mac OS X’s Dock: It’s still a struggle

Monday, January 12th, 2004 • 5:29 am

After all these years of fiddling and experimenting with various configurations, I find that it is still a struggle to use Mac OS X’s Dock in a satisfactory fashion. It tries to do too many different things, and does none of them right. As regular readers of this blog know, I am seriously addicted to […]

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Jean-Louis Murat, “New Yorker” (2000)

Monday, January 12th, 2004 • 1:51 am

Il faut être Murat pour choisir de reléguer un tel bijou au statut de “face B” (du maxi-single de la chanson “Au Mont Sans-Souci” tirée de l’album Mustango) ou encore d’inédit live (sur l’album Muragostang). Superbe chanson, donc, sur la tentation du départ, du dépaysement, sur la tranquillité de l’exil anonyme, mais aussi, d’une certaine […]

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EPL: Day 21

Sunday, January 11th, 2004 • 4:02 am

The big surprise of the day is of course Manchester United drawing at home against Newcastle 0-0. This enables both Arsenal and Chelsea to close the gap on the current leaders. But it was a fully deserved draw from Newcastle’s point of view, even though the Silvestre goal probably shouldn’t have been disallowed. On the […]

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New “Apple Peel” column at

Friday, January 9th, 2004 • 4:33 am

The third and final part in my series of articles about Panther’s Mail application is now up at “Improvements in Panther’s Mail (Part 3 of 3)” As a reminder, here are the links to the first two parts: “Improvements in Panther’s Mail (Part 1 of 3)” “Improvements in Panther’s Mail (Part 2 of 3)” […]

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Address Book: The problem with field labels

Friday, January 9th, 2004 • 12:58 am

Mac OS X’s Address Book application is a database application. As such, its interface is based on the “card stack” model made popular on the Mac with the good old HyperCard in the 1980s. There are serious problems, however, with the way card fields are labelled in Address Book’s interface. One major problem is that […]

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Panther’s Mail: always defaults to “home” address in Address Book groups

Friday, January 9th, 2004 • 12:17 am

Here’s the full text of a bug report I’ve just submitted to Apple via Bug Reporter: * SUMMARY Mail: For Address Book entries with multiple email addresses, Mail always defaults to “home” address (or to first one when no “home” address). * STEPS TO REPRODUCE Create an entry in Address Book with several different email […]

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Panther’s Address Book: The “Company” check box

Thursday, January 8th, 2004 • 3:55 am

Maybe I’m just too fast for my Mac… But it happens to me all the time. I go to my Address Book, add a new entry that is a company and not a person, and click on the “Company” check box: The problem is that, even on my dual 1.25 GHz G4 (MDD), there is […]

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EPL: Day 20

Thursday, January 8th, 2004 • 3:44 am

A beautiful goal, and 89 minutes of profound boredom. That was the gist of Liverpool’s trip to Stamford Bridge, which ended in a 0-1 victory that was sweet revenge for the home loss to Chelsea earlier in the season. The problem is not with Liverpool fielding a defensive side and protecting their lead instead of […]

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