Articles posted in April, 2003

Mac OS X: Mail’s dark shadow

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003 • 9:51 pm

– Whoa! What’s with the dark DROP shadow on that dialog window? – Mmmm, must be about 10 identical dialog boxes piled up on top of each other!

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Word X: Deleting nothingness

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 • 9:31 pm

I keep experiencing an utterly weird behaviour in Word X. When I use my predefined styles for bullet lists, which include a negative left indent, if I am at the very beginning of a line that is formatted in such a style, I frequently have to hit the DELETE key twice to in ORDER to […]

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Fortune on Apple Music Store

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 • 8:36 pm

There is an onslaught of articles about the new iTunes Music Store on the Fortune web site, including one entitled “Songs in the Key of Steve” [Jobs]. This particular article includes several debatable statements, including the following: U.S. music sales plunged 8.2% last year, largely because songs are being distributed free on the Internet through […]

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Safari: Problem with tabs in background

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 • 3:21 am

One recurring problem I have with tabs in their current incarnation in Safari: I sometimes accidentally click on a tab’s close button when all I wanted was to click on the tab in ORDER to activate it. The solution would be to prevent the close button from closing if the tab is not in the […]

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Skinny chicks and chubby hubbies

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 • 1:34 am

I cannot help but notice that in US-made commercials, increasingly the typical male character is a rather chubby young man, while the female character is invariably skinny and much better looking and attractive than her man. This is, unfortunately, rather symptomatic and emblematic of the current trends in North America: overweight adults with a fixation […]

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200,000 songs…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 • 1:29 am

200,000 songs doesn’t sound like much… On the other hand, it’s more than enough to last a lifetime. It all depends on your musical tastes! Let’s just hope it’ll grow quickly to include all the music that was ever made and recorded. That’s what the ultimate goal should be. I cannot wait to be able […]

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Contes immoraux (1974)

Sunday, April 27th, 2003 • 8:56 pm

I suppose that it is easy to argue that the main purpose of such a movie is to titillate. By today’s standards, it certainly is not “shocking” in its depictions of sexuality. (The most shocking of the four tales is supposed to be the last one, about Lucrezia Borgia. But it is a well-known story, […]

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Word X: Scrolling up and down in Page Layout view

Sunday, April 27th, 2003 • 4:56 pm

It’s hard to believe, but, after all these years, something as simple as scrolling up and down a document in Page Layout view in Word is still not working right. When I put a document in Page Layout view and ask Word to SHOW me the whole page, I get a window filled with a […]

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EPL: Bolton 2 – Arsenal 2

Saturday, April 26th, 2003 • 8:22 pm

Well… We obviously weren’t ready for the toughness inflicted on us during the second half of the second period. I suppose if you break every player’s legs, eventually you will score for lack of an opposition. It was clearly Bolton’s tactic when they were 2 goals down, and it paid off — at the expense […]

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Blood for Oil?

Friday, April 25th, 2003 • 11:56 pm

I don’t think anyone can honestly deny that crude oil issues have had at least some bearing on the military campaign against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. Just how important these oil issues are, however, is another matter. Is it really, in the words of Billy Bragg, “all about the price of oil”? Is […]

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New Orleans Funk (1960-75)

Friday, April 25th, 2003 • 5:57 am

I first heard about this compilation a couple of years ago, when Napster was still booming, and I was able to sample a few tracks by downloading them online. I always thought I should get this CD. I finally bought the whole CD a few weeks ago, and have just had the opportunity to give […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: can be very dumb at times

Thursday, April 24th, 2003 • 10:26 pm

This is not the first time it has happened to me… I tried to send a simple message, and, instead of sending it, Mail got back to me with a dialog warning me that the connection to my regular SMTP server had been rejected and asking me whether I wanted to try again later or […]

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Champions League: Man U 4 – Real Madrid 3

Thursday, April 24th, 2003 • 5:28 am

You’ve got to hand it to Manchester United: they can turn these big games INTO spectacular confrontations. A flurry of goals on both sides that kept you glued to the set until the very end. The reality, though, is that, apart from the Beckham free-kick, the Man U goals were far from spectacular, and rather […]

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Word X: 0.39 inches does not equal 0.39 inches

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003 • 9:38 pm

Only in Microsoft Land can such basic stuff go wrong. I have a Microsoft Word style with a negative indent of 0.39″ (as per the “Paragraph…” dialog box) and a tab stop at 0.39″ (as per the “Tabs…” dialog box). It looks like this: Yet when I type my bullet, press tab once to go […]

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Finder’s Find non-resizable window

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003 • 9:19 pm

A “small” annoyance, but one that gets in my way on a constant basis. In Jaguar, the Finder’s Find window is not resizable. When searching in places like “Home” or “Everywhere”, it’s not really a problem. But when you SELECT the option to search in “Specific Places”, the Find window displays a list of all […]

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