Articles posted in May, 2003

FA Cup Final: Arsenal 1 – Southampton 0

Sunday, May 18th, 2003 • 5:59 am

Not a very exciting game. Scruffy goal by Robert, a handful of chances for Thierry Henry, a few yellow cards. Mmm. Rather boring :). Could be the impact of the choices made by the Southampton coach to not let Arsenal play the way they like to play. He did warn us about the strategy possibly […]

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David Pogue on digital film rentals

Friday, May 16th, 2003 • 9:55 pm

David Pogue has a pretty funny column on the extremely poor current offerings in terms of film rentals (downloads/streams) on the net: “Film Rentals, Downloaded to Your PC” by David Pogue, The New York Times [free registration required] It boggles the mind that these services don’t exploit the potential of the Internet. Any number of […]

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New ‘Apple Peel’ column and book review at

Friday, May 16th, 2003 • 9:09 pm

Two new articles by me are up at today: “Apple Peel – Fixing the small stuff in Mac OS X: Just how long is it going to take?” “Book Review: O’Reilly’s Google Hacks”

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Pirates and pioneers

Friday, May 16th, 2003 • 12:08 am

David Zeiler has a good little read of an article over at on Apple’s innovative prowess and Microsoft’s “good enough” products: “Pirates and pioneers” by David Zeiler, It’s particularly interesting to hear about Tim O’Reilly’s views of Apple and its position in the computer industry. Tim O’Reilly, who was interviewed for the column, […]

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Champions League: Juventus 3 – Real Madrid 1

Thursday, May 15th, 2003 • 5:27 am

Don’t you just hate it when a top player misses a crucial penalty kick? Because Figo did indeed miss his kick. The keeper blocked it, but the finishing power just wasn’t there. (They should have let Roberto Carlos wack it!) The missed penalty changed the whole game. Real Madrid had to take further risks, and […]

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Unbelievable Sharp

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003 • 11:38 pm

We have a couple of Sharp photocopy machines at work that we also use as printers. It took Sharp a long time to come up with Mac OS X drivers for them that actually worked — but that, in itself, is not much different from the problems with many other printer vendors. The problem is […]

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Mac OS X: Renaming mailboxes in Mail

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003 • 10:54 pm

There are several things that bother me in Mail in its current incarnation when it comes to mailbox management. The fact that you cannot SELECT a mailbox folder in the mailbox drawer without displaying its contents in the main area of the Mail Viewer window is one of them. The fact that the contextual menu […]

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Thierry Henry’s Class: Statistical Proof

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003 • 3:32 pm

If there was any doubt about Thierry Henry’s class and the superiority of his skills compared to someone like, say, Man U’s Ruud van Nistelrooy, well, the OPTA clears it: “Henry is OPTA Player of the Season” at

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Football: EPL (England) vs. Ligue 1 (France)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 • 9:41 pm

Comparing the current standing for the French Premier League with the final standing for the EPL, it’s fairly easy to see what’s wrong with the French league. With only two more games to play, the current leader (Lyon) has 67 points from 19 wins, 10 draws, and 7 defeats, and a goal difference of +25. […]

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Adobe becoming another Microsoft

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 • 9:18 pm

Last June, Photoshop book author Don Margulis wrote an extensive and scathing review of Photoshop 7 and the many infuriating and totally unnecessary quirks it introduced: “The Upgrade from Marketing” by Don Margulis, Electronic Publishing We can all applaud the new brushes, Healing and otherwise, the Patch tool, the File Browser, and most of all, […]

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Monsieur Net

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 • 5:43 pm

Je trouve tout de même incroyable qu’un produit aussi courant que le détergent “Mr. Clean”, qui a déjà un nom français bien établi en France (“M. Propre”), a un nom français différent ici au Canada (“M. Net”). Pourquoi diable les francophones du Canada persistent-ils à vouloir adopter une traduction différente de celle qui est utilisée […]

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By that time…

Monday, May 12th, 2003 • 11:51 pm

The “Longhorn” version of Windows whose feature set reads so much like a carbon copy of Mac OS X will not be available until late 2004 or early 2005. By that time, Mac OS X will already be a couple of generations ahead. Windows advocates might claim that you actually need to see the product […]

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Mac OS X 10.2.6 Combo on top of Mac OS X 10.2.6

Monday, May 12th, 2003 • 10:04 pm

Further to what I wrote last week on the subject, I decided to download the Combo updater and try to apply it to my system that had already been updated using the 10.2.5-to-10.2.6 updater. I keep reading that the Combo updaters are “better” than the incremental updaters, so I figured I should give this one […]

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EPL: Final Day

Monday, May 12th, 2003 • 9:30 pm

The final day of the English Premier League was not the exciting, climactic end that neutrals had been hoping for… The title itself was decided in the most anticlimactic fashion by a home defeat of Arsenal against Leeds a week ago. With the brilliant attacking display of the last two games (three hat tricks in […]

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More about click-through

Sunday, May 11th, 2003 • 7:01 pm

I am assuming that, if you are reading this, it’s because you are interested. :-) In other words, there is no such thing as too much discussion on valid UI design issues. With this in mind, head over to Daring Fireball for yet more interesting Mac punditry about click-through in Mac OS X, as discussed […]

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