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Articles posted in January, 2011

Word 2011: Autonumbering madness

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 • 1:49 pm

Here’s yet another example of the multitude of little “glitches” that make Microsoft Word so infuriating to use as a word processor. I have the following excerpt from a document that I have to translate: Nothing extraordinarily complicated: a couple of lists with automatic numbering, preceded by introductory phrases. So I translate the first occurrence […]

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Word 2011: Useless word count display

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 • 12:53 pm

As a professional translator, I have to refer to document word counts all the time. So I need a word processor with a strong, reliable word count feature. Unfortunately, as in most other areas, Microsoft Word fails to meet this requirement and is a constant source of frustration. Here are a couple of examples. First […]

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Epson Perfection 3490 Photo under Mac OS X 10.6

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 • 2:49 pm

I have been using an Epson Perfection 3490 Photo scanner for many years without any significant problems. Initially, I used Epson’s own software, but eventually I switched to using Mac OS X’s Image Capture, which has a more Mac OS X-like interface, even though it still comes with its own share of (minor) UI issues. […]

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Bell Satellite TV: Stellar service (continued)

Friday, January 21st, 2011 • 5:07 pm

When I wrote about my problems with my Bell Satellite TV system and the stellar quality of the service I received from Bell TV on January 11, it was right after the repair had been completed and before I had been able to verify that everything was indeed back to normal. It turns out that, […]

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Bell Satellite TV: Stellar service for once

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 • 4:30 pm

I have been rather frustrated with with Bell Satellite TV in recent times. While there have been some programming improvements (notably the addition of a high definition version of the Setanta sports channel and of the CBC News Network channel), there have also been frustrating delays with the introduction of other specialty channels (including Sportsnet […]

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Word 2011: Bug with zoom button

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 • 4:38 pm

Here’s a rather unique bug in Microsoft Word 2011 that a Betalogue reader pointed out to me in an e-mail. It’s fairly easy to reproduce, but comes with a word of warning: Make sure you have saved all your current work in Word 2011 before trying it, because it will make Word inoperable and you’ll […]

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More about Word 2011 and search GUIs

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 • 5:45 pm

My December 20th blog post about the revamped Find/Replace feature in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac OS X was mentioned on John Gruber’s Daring Fireball on December 22nd, with the consequence that I got a fair amount of feedback on the piece over the holiday season. I took some time off during that period, which is why […]

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