Articles posted on April 15th, 2003

Safari Beta 2: first crash

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 10:42 pm

Eeek. Had about two dozen web pages open in tabs and windows. Switched one of them to Bookmarks view in ORDER to reorganize my bookmarks bar. Clicked on a bookmark in the list to edit its name. Typed the new name. Pressed enter. Got some kind of alert telling me that I couldn’t edit my […]

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Safari: open in tabs for bookmarks bar submenus

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 10:36 pm

The new “Open in tabs…” command at the bottom of each bookmark folder in the bookmarks bar is great — but it severely limits the number of bookmarks that you can put in each folder, unless you don’t mind opening two dozen web sites at the same time. (I do.) Since it’s already possible to […]

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Safari: pasting in single-line fields

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 9:10 pm

All too often, when I SELECT a line of text somewhere, copy it, got to a form field in a web page in Safari, and paste the line of text, I get what seems to be nothing. Safari appears to have pasted a single space character instead of my line of text. In fact, it […]

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Safari: tab access through the “Window” menu

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 9:02 pm

Now that the new Safari beta effectively makes tabbed browsing a standard feature, another improvement becomes necessary: tab access through the “Window” menu. Right now, no matter how many tabs you have open in a web browser window, this window only appears as a single window in the “Window” menu — and the name of […]

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Essential reading on the hypocrisy of the recording industry

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 8:32 pm

A post to the “Interesting People” mailing list by Tim O’Reilly forwards a rant by musician George Ziemann regarding the fundamental hypocrisy of the recording industry’s claims that file downloads have been the primary cause of the recent decline in music sales. “The Music Piracy Myth” by George Ziemann (as quoted by Tim O’Reilly) My […]

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Word X: Font smoothing bug

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 6:13 pm

Quartz text smoothing works reasonably well in Word X — but there is a bug that causes Word to “forget” the user’s font smoothing setting and to revert to the default setting (Best for CRT) in document windows located on a secondary flat-panel monitor. (Yes, I have two flat-panel monitors. Lucky me :).) For example, […]

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Safari: Extending the tabs functionality

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 5:06 pm

I admire Apple for the way that they have implemented the tabs in the latest Safari beta. One problem I always had with tabs is that switching tabs would cause the window title in the title bar to change — but that title bar was not visually part of the tab, so that was inconsistent […]

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Word X: More on the ruler

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 4:58 pm

Why is it that, when viewing a Word document in split view (two different views of the same document in the same window, using the split bar), using the “Ruler” command in the “View” menu causes the ruler to appear/disappear in both view panes at the same time? This makes no sense. The very purpose […]

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 4:02 pm

I suppose one can “rationalize” the civilian deaths as the unavoidable cost of waging war against a cruel tyrant. I suppose one can “rationalize” the destruction of social structures and life-saving infrastructure as part of the necessary “rebuilding” process. I suppose one can “rationalize” putting a higher priority on “securing oil fields” than on protecting […]

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Word X: Not sweating the simple stuff

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 • 12:21 am

My level of irritation with Word X is in direct proportion to the utter lack of attention paid to small, yet essential details. A constant source of annoyance today: I (and other people) often use tables for page layout purposes. This means that our table cells can be quite big and contain many paragraphs of […]

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