Articles posted on April 4th, 2003

Word X: French spell checker blunders

Friday, April 4th, 2003 • 11:21 pm

The French spell checker in Word X does not recognize “etc.” and “km” (abbreviation of “kilometer(s)” as proper French words. To make matters worse, since “etc.” contains a period, a bug in Word X prevents the “Ignore All” function from working properly, which means that, if you try to click on “Ignore All” when you […]

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The weirdness and inconvenience of Mac OS X text clippings

Friday, April 4th, 2003 • 10:35 pm

I find myself constantly puzzled by the fact that text clippings created in Mac OS X (by selecting a block of text in any application and dragging the block to the desktop) behave in a totally unconventional and non-intuitive way. For starters, double-clicking on them opens a window that displays their contents within the Finder. […]

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Mail needs a ‘Recent’ feature

Friday, April 4th, 2003 • 10:19 pm

In the same way that Mac OS X in general needs a decent “Recent” feature, which it still doesn’t have, but which can be reasonably approximated thanks to the “Recent” features Default Folder X, Mac OS X’s Mail application itself needs a decent “Recent” feature. I constantly find myself wanting to view the contents of […]

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Eudora and font antialiasing

Friday, April 4th, 2003 • 6:54 pm

Is it me missing the obvious, or does the latest version of Qualcomm’s Eudora still not support Quartz Text Smoothing in Jaguar? I personally gave up on Eudora a long time ago and switched to Mac OS X’s Mail (which, while imperfect, is already quite usable), but I still keep an eye on its evolution, […]

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Historical perspective on Iraq and the war

Friday, April 4th, 2003 • 5:23 pm

A pretty good (and extensive) column on the history of the place that has become Baghdad and is currently becoming something else, yet again. from the very beginnings of civilization as we know it: “Rocking the cradle” by Paul William Roberts, The Globe and Mail (Hurry up, though. The link will be 7 days old […]

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