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Articles posted in February, 2004

EPL: Day 27 (Arsenal with a nine-point lead)

Saturday, February 28th, 2004 • 11:51 pm

It was another famous day in Arsenal’s campaign to reclaim the English Premier League crown lost last year to Manchester United. Arsenal managed to get all three points against a competitive Charlton, whereas Manchester United stumbled yet again against a Saha-less Fulham at Loftus Road and only managed to get one point of the game. […]

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Microsoft’s Rick Schaut on Word 6

Friday, February 27th, 2004 • 5:23 am

Microsoft developer Rick Schaut has an interesting blog entry on the Macintosh software fiasco known as Word 6.0 for Macintosh. It is written from a developer’s point of view, so it’s pretty hard-core, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Also interesting are the comments added by readers, and Rick Schaut’s reply to these comments. For example, to […]

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HP printer drivers no longer available on the web?

Friday, February 27th, 2004 • 4:38 am

I cannot quite believe this. This week I had problems printing pictures on my HP cp1700 using the driver provided as part of Mac OS X 10.3. So I went to the HP web site to see if there was a more recent driver available online. I have downloaded stuff for my cp1700 from there […]

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Alerts in Safari: Still not quite right

Thursday, February 26th, 2004 • 7:28 am

Recent versions of Safari are better behaved when it comes to handling network connection errors. When a web page fails to load (for whatever reason), if Safari is in the background, the failure doesn’t cause Safari’s Dock icon to bounce madly and force you to switch to Safari to stop the madness. Better yet: Even […]

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Panther’s Mail: What is the Rank column for?

Thursday, February 26th, 2004 • 12:03 am

This one is a mystery to me. By default, the Mail Viewer window in Panther’s Mail contains a number of columns, including “From”, “Date received”, “Subject”, etc. One of these columns is called “Rank”. For some reason, however, this column cannot be turned off using the “Columns” sub-menu in Mail’s “View” menu. In other words, […]

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Non-breaking space keyboard shortcut in InDesign CS

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 • 4:58 am

This one is pretty strange… For some reason, I have been unable to use the usual keyboard shortcut (option-Spacebar) to enter a non-breaking space in InDesign CS. According to the on-line help, this is still the valid keyboard shortcut in InDesign CS: To create a nonbreaking space: 1. Using the Type tool, click where you […]

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Panther: Old problem with Dock menus still there

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 • 1:24 am

This is a problem that’s been around for a long time, but it’s the first time I experience it in Panther. All of a sudden, I find that the behaviour of Dock menus on the right-hand side has changed. Normally, when you click on a folder icon on the right-hand side in the Dock and […]

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Panther: Fast user switching and software installers

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 • 1:17 am

Yesterday, I wanted to install Safari 1.2 on my PowerBook G4, which was still running version 1.1.1. I was careful to quit the current version before running the installer for the new version. I launched the installer, and it told me that Safari 1.2 couldn’t be installed because Safari was still running. I double-checked and […]

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The Guardian on Dennis Bergkamp

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 • 1:09 am

UK newspaper The Guardian has a really nice article paying homage to Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp, on the occasion of his 252nd game as a foreign player for a single Premiership club. (The previous record was held by Peter Schmeichel.) Dennis Bergkamp just oozes class whenever he plays. His inch-perfect passes are an integral part […]

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Weather Bomb 19-02-2004

Monday, February 23rd, 2004 • 11:42 am

Some of you might have heard about the “weather bomb” that hit eastern Canada a few days ago. One meter of snow in half a day and winds of up to 100 km/h. It was quite spectacular. Here’s a link to a few pictures I took during and after the storm. The worst part of […]

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Matthew Thomas on enduring Mac OS X’s quirks

Monday, February 23rd, 2004 • 12:54 am

Matthew Thomas’ long piece on his “first 48 hours enduring Mac OS X“. It deals with lots of small issues, but the cumulative effect of all these small issues is indeed a reflection of the decline in quality control at Apple, especially with respect to GUI consistency and usability. As Matthew says, the fact that […]

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Backup 2.0.1: To fail or not to fail

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 • 8:38 am

… That is the question. I’ve discussed my problems with Apple’s Backup application before. Version 2.0.1 fixed things to a certain extent, but I am still getting error messages on a regular basis when my scheduled backup causes two copies of the Backup application to be launched at the same time. When this happens, the […]

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Panther and Carbon application stability

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 • 7:39 am

I could be wrong, but it seems to me that, even since I’ve installed Panther on my machine, I have been experiencing weird stability problems with Carbon applications, in a very specific context. For example, when launching Microsoft Word, whenever I try to anticipate on the launch process and hit the cmd-W shortcut (in order […]

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EPL: Day 26 (Chelsea 1 – Arsenal 2 and Manchester United 1 – Leeds 1)

Saturday, February 21st, 2004 • 5:59 am

Another great day today for the Gunners in their quest to reclaim the Premiership crown after losing out to Manchester United in the second half of last year’s season. Both teams were in action today with early kickoffs at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford. And Chelsea started in style with an easy goal in the […]

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Safari 1.2: Definitely better caching

Friday, February 20th, 2004 • 4:54 am

When Safari 1.2 was released a couple of weeks ago, Safari developer Dave Hyatt posted an entry in his weblog highlighting the improvements made. Some of the improvements are obvious to regular readers of Betalogue: If you’ve been using Safari to read this blog, you can now see that the category that is indicated in […]

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