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Articles posted in April, 2005

Wi-Fi Internet access on the road: problem with sending e-mail

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 • 9:23 pm

Right now I am staying in a nice hotel in England. It’s an old building on a nice 6-acre property in the English countryside. Since it is a rather fancy hotel, however, it also has to have modern amenities, including high-speed Internet access. Internet access in the hotel is provided through Liberty-i Wireless Broadband Internet. […]

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Excessive brightness on PowerBook G4: The problem with obscure built-in keyboard shortcuts

Sunday, April 24th, 2005 • 11:48 pm

If you’ve read the comments on my earlier post about the unexplained brightness problem on my dad’s PowerBook G4, you know that the mystery has been solved. The problem was most definitely that, at some point during his first days of using his new PowerBook, my dad had probably repeatedly (and accidentally) hit the keyboard […]

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Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger): 50 random observations

Sunday, April 24th, 2005 • 11:31 pm

Assorted Geekery’s Chris Biagini has a number of interesting observations about the upcoming Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), officially due on April 29th. His report includes several details that I hadn’t noticed myself, even though I was part of the (now closed) Apple Seed program for this system release and have spent the last few […]

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PowerBook G4: Unexplained problem with excessive brightness

Saturday, April 16th, 2005 • 12:51 am

After years of family arguments and jokes about the relative merits of various computer platforms, I finally managed to convince my dad to make the switch to Mac OS X about 16 months ago. He was a computer science professor from the very early days (late 70s) and had been a PC user for a […]

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iPod design: The labels on the earphones

Thursday, April 14th, 2005 • 3:06 am

With all the design awards Apple has received for the iPod, you’d think that they would have eliminated this flaw long ago… But, as far as I can tell, they still haven’t. If you want to make sure that the earpiece for the right-hand side is in your right ear and the one for the […]

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Word 2004: More non-sense when selecting tables of contents

Saturday, April 9th, 2005 • 4:28 am

I’ve already mentioned non-sensical behaviours in Word 2004 when it comes to text selection and automatic tables of contents. Here is more. Create a new Word document. Type a few paragraphs of text and apply the Heading 1 style to some of them. Go to the “Insert” menu and insert an automatic table of contents, […]

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Mavis Staples, ‘Kain’t Turn Back’ (1993) — A brain tickle

Friday, April 8th, 2005 • 7:58 am

The two albums that Mavis Staples released on Prince’s Paisley Park label are both terrific. The second one, entitled The Voice, includes this very funky track called “Kain’t Turn Back”, which is credited, not to Prince, but to Bernard Belle. Does Prince appear anywhere on the track? It’s hard to tell, especially since Prince tends […]

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LATEXT: ‘Window-Shopping’ (MP3, 04:26)

Friday, April 8th, 2005 • 4:05 am

In which Pierre attempts to prove that he’s not just a techno pimp… “Window-Shopping” (MP3 file – 160 kbps – size: 5.0 MB – duration: 04:26) More LATEXT music here.

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Mac OS X Tip: How to bring a single Safari window to the foreground with a keyboard shortcut

Thursday, April 7th, 2005 • 12:21 am

A while ago, I wrote about my futile attempts to find a way to bring a single Safari window to the foreground with a keyboard shortcut without bringing all other Safari windows to the foreground at the same time. It is of course very easy to bring a single Safari window to the foreground by […]

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Jean-Louis Murat, Moscou (2005)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 • 8:41 am

Ce n’est peut-être pas une coïncidence si, dans la même semaine, je découvre le dernier album de Jean-Louis Murat, Moscou — et je lis aussi dans le magazine MOJO du mois de février 2005, en passant, une chronique sur un disque récemment publié intitulé Le nouveau rock’n’roll français. Dans cette chronique, l’auteur s’enthousiasme sur la […]

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EPL 2005: Day 31 (Arsenal 4 – Norwich 1)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 • 5:11 am

This game was not televised here in Canada, so we had to make do with the Sunday highlights show. It looks like Thierry Henry was back to his usual, cocky self with a well-executed hat-trick that takes him to a total of 23 goals in the EPL this season (30 in all competitions), and should […]

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