Articles posted in March, 2003

Mac OS X: 30 days of uptime and then…

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 • 6:11 pm

I was starting to be mightily pleased. Alex Harper’s MenuMeters utility was telling me that my “uptime” (i.e. the time elapsed since I last restarted my computer) was getting close to 30 days. Over these 30 days, I had had to log out and log back in a few times, for various reasons. But I […]

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Mac OS X: The simple stuff that’s still broken

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 • 10:09 pm

This is the kind of stuff that has been bugging me forever and there is no sign of a fix coming, so… 1. Invisible file name selection in Save As dialog sheet Look at this picture: The blue “halo” indicates that the active part of the dialog sheet is the file name field. But there […]

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Adobe on PC vs. Mac: ‘PC Preferred’

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 • 9:14 pm

If you are an assiduous Mac web reader, you have no doubt heard of the web page recently added to the Adobe web site which presents pseudo-scientific DATA aimed at demonstrating that a single processor Dell 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 machine is significantly faster than a 1 GHz dual-processor G4 for typical video post-production computing […]

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FA Cup Replay: Chelsea 1 – Arsenal 3 – High drama at Stamford Bridge

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 • 6:30 pm

This FA Cup stuff is getting very exciting indeed. (It’s probably always been this way. It’s the first time we’re actually able to follow it on TV from here in Canada.) There was lots to get excited about in today’s game, especially if you are an Arsenal fan. Patrick Viera was simply outstanding — and, […]

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No perceptible slowdown

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 • 5:18 pm

No pills in almost two months. Then two pills in the space of three little days. Definitely the nastiest “flare” in a long, long time… Why? Where does it come from? Where does it go? What causes it? What causes it to subside? I just don’t know. Springtime is here. Temperatures are milder. (Cat) love […]

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The New York Times on the French

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 • 1:52 am

“The Anti-American Lifestyle” by Fernanda Eberstadt, The New York Times [free registration required] There is no reason that the French shouldn’t love Eminem and Nikes but also hate genetically modified soybeans and the death penalty. There is room for more than one version of democratic capitalism, and the French interpretation, statist at home, multilateralist abroad, […]

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Word X Experiment – Disk Is Full bug

Monday, March 24th, 2003 • 4:59 pm

Yesterday, while applying the final touches to a 25-page document in Word X, I once again encountered the “Disk Is Full” bug that has been plaguing the software since version Word 98 on the Macintosh. The symptoms of the bug are straightforward: If you keep the same document open for a long time, making changes […]

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Holding the Bush administration accountable

Monday, March 24th, 2003 • 6:08 am

The following article is the most important thing that I have read in recent months on the war in Iraq: “See no evil” by Edward Lempinen, Salon [ad-based pass required to access full article] Make no mistake: I consider Bush and his closest advisors dangerous. In policy and in manner, their anti-democratic tendencies are clear. […]

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EPL: Arsenal 2 Everton 1 – Tense moments at Highbury

Sunday, March 23rd, 2003 • 10:06 pm

While Cygan should be applauded for his first-ever goal for Arsenal, which was well taken, he still looked too shaky in defence, particularly on that Everton goal. Rooney’s shot should have been at least deflected, if not completely blocked. Credit to Viera for showing the necessary grit on the second Arsenal goal. Not only did […]

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Ready for the peace?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003 • 10:17 pm

Bob Herbert asks the question: “Ready for the Peace?” by Bob Herbert, The New York Times [free registration required] What’s driving this war is President Bush’s Manichaean view of the world and messianic vision of himself, the dangerously grandiose perception of American power held by his saber-rattling advisers, and the irresistible lure of Iraq’s enormous […]

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Apple Peel #52: Modem Woes in Mac OS X

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003 • 7:59 pm

My latest “Apple Peel” column is out at “Apple Peel – Modem Woes in Mac OS X: Adding Insult to Injury“

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Unknown News ad refused by Google

Friday, March 21st, 2003 • 11:02 pm

Disturbing news from the online front [via </hope>]: “Google refuses our ad” Of course, Google is entitled to refusing ads for whatever reason they please and to exercise their “editorial discretion”. It is still disturbing that the current trend is that the question of whether a site is a “hate site” is solved by unqualified […]

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Friday, March 21st, 2003 • 4:57 pm

Found via PlaybackTime: “Make Yourself at Home” by Perry Hoberman, ACCEPT The scary part is that it’s not that far from being likely to happen.

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The Button

Friday, March 21st, 2003 • 4:44 pm

Can’t read Can’t sustain a conversation Can’t give a straight answer Can’t pronounce “nuclear” properly Can’t make up his mind Can’t express any emotions Can’t even pretend he’s feeling any emotions Can’t believe he’s evolved from an ape Can’t hold a drink or two (obviously) Can’t provide any evidence Can’t tell the truth Can’t back […]

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Season Premiere: CNN vs. Iraq – The Ultimate Reality TV Show

Friday, March 21st, 2003 • 6:38 am

It has to be seen/heard to be believed… Here’s a US Army-sponsored CNN reporter standing right in the middle of the desert, with armoured vehicles around him, talking on the videophone live with Larry King. The picture is awfully murky, but you can distinguish a couple of vehicles in the background and the silhouette of […]

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