Articles posted in February, 2003

PowerPoint X: Pathetic

Monday, February 24th, 2003 • 6:42 am

Speaking of poor application support… Thank God I don’t often have to use Microsoft PowerPoint. But sometimes I do. I get a contract to do a project involving translating a PowerPoint presentation into French. I have no choice but to edit the presentation text in PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2001 for the Mac was bad enough. But […]

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EPL: Good week

Monday, February 24th, 2003 • 12:06 am

We (Arsenal) win 5-1, with goals from Robert, Thierry, and Patrick. Bolton ties Manchester, Liverpool loses, Chelsea loses… Too bad Newcastle won! (They still have a game in hand.) I guess the hard part now is not to become too self-indugent. (On the European front, on the other hand, it wasn’t such a good week… […]

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PowerPoint X: Somebody pinch me

Sunday, February 23rd, 2003 • 7:21 pm

Alright, this is the last note about PowerPoint X. But I have to mention this… The default view in PowerPoint X is this three-pane view with the presentation outline on the left, the slide view in the top-right pane, and the slide notes in the bottom-right pane. It is impossible to change the font or […]

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PowerPoint X: Beyond Pathetic

Sunday, February 23rd, 2003 • 7:15 pm

Of course, as a workaround for the afore-mentioned bug, I thought I’d try to use PowerPoint’s built-in AutoCorrect feature, which can automatically replaced mistyped words such as etre and coté with the appropriate spellings. I simply cannot believe how buggy PowerPoint X is. You cannot use the keyboard to jump directly to a specific portion […]

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Manchester City vs. Arsenal: 1-5! A bit too easy…

Saturday, February 22nd, 2003 • 10:14 pm

4 goals in the first 19 minutes. This surely must be some kind of record. It certainly is the worst home defeat for Manchester City in a long time… and the best away win of the season for our boys. It was of course made even sweeter by the fact that Manchester United was only […]

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Poor FileMaker Support

Saturday, February 22nd, 2003 • 2:33 am

FileMaker Pro 6 introduced new functionality that enables a FMPro database to automatically open following the detection of a mounted CompactFlash card or similar memory devices for digital cameras. This means, of course, that you can create your own custom-designed photo library in FMPro, instead of relying on ready-made database-driven solutions such as iPhoto, iView […]

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Power Mac G4 MDD Noise: Resolution

Saturday, February 22nd, 2003 • 1:14 am

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks (sounds!) as if Apple has finally done the right thing and provided a fix for Power Mac G4 MDD owners affected by the horrendous noise levels produced by certain machines. The Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program is here. I am one of those affected, […]

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Jaguar Printing Woes

Thursday, February 20th, 2003 • 2:24 am

Since I had to reinstall 10.2.3 over 10.2.4 the other day and use the “Archive and Install” option, I also had to recreate my printers. This made me experience once again how painful it can be to get printers running properly in Jaguar. I have two printers: an old HP LaserJet 5MP that works like […]

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Word X: Microsoft Word The Idiot

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003 • 10:44 pm

Nothing is more annoying than having to use a software tool that is not able to provide the basic functionality that it claims to provide. Case in point: MS Word, of course. Almost every other time I select a block of text and drag it to a different location in the same document in order […]

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Mac OS X 10.2.4 and Input Methods

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003 • 5:48 pm

I can now confirm that there appear to be significant changes in 10.2.4 which break several things that applications such as Spell Catcher X rely on to work properly. I’ve reverted to 10.2.3 myself and, if you are using SCX or similar products (Grammarian, TypeIt4Me), I suggest you do NOT apply the 10.2.4 update. The […]

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Logique belge

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 • 8:53 pm

Regardé hier soir je ne sais plus trop quel membre du gouvernement belge essayer de justifier, dans une interview avec la journaliste du 20 h de France 2, le changement d’attitude concernant l’arrivée de renforts en Turquie. Il a essayé de nous faire croire que ce n’était pas un changement de position de la part […]

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Victoires de la musique – Patrick Bruel

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 • 1:42 am

Attrapé les cinq dernières minutes des “Victoires de la musique” sur TV5 l’autre soir… et, inévitablement, on a eu droit à la séquence “Patrick Bruel chante son tube d’Entre-Deux“. J’admets avoir été séduit quand j’ai entendu sa version de cette chanson la première fois, à tel point que j’ai acheté l’album en question, qui n’est […]

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Ferguson and Beckham / Arsenal and Chelsea

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 • 1:36 am

Two interesting bits of news today: Alex Ferguson injures Beckham with a boot (two stitches needed!), and Arsenal gets to play Chelsea in the next round of the FA Cup. Ferguson is a scary dude… But then, what do you expect from a team whose captain is Roy Keane. And that thing about Arsenal players […]

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Solaris (1972)

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 • 1:27 am

Watched the DVD last night… Only remembered Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice from my university years, when I saw it with a friend in a dilapilated experimental and art film theater in downtown Strasbourg (now long gone). That film had left a lasting impression on me. I definitely want to see it again. But Solaris came out […]

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FileMaker Developer issue and file corruption

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 • 12:51 am

Just spent 1/2 hr on the phone with a FileMaker tech support person. (My first time ever using the service. I bought Developer a couple of months ago, so I had one incident available for free. Now was the time to test the system, I figure.) To FM’s credit, the automated phone system was fairly […]

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