Articles posted in July, 2003

TidBITS’ review of Mailsmith 2.0

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003 • 11:16 pm

The latest issue of TidBITS has a new review of Bare Bones Software’s email application Mailsmith 2.0, by Matt Neuburg. I agree with many of the points that Matt makes, especially about people’s strange relationship with their email program. But the article has serious flaws, which I am afraid are symptomatic of Matt Neuburg’s own […]

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Ferazel’s Wand

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003 • 11:05 pm

I never got a chance to go very far in this game when I first purchased it a few years ago. When that game came out, Mac OS X was still in the developing stages, and the game was Mac OS 9-only. Ambrosia has not released a Mac OS X native version of the game […]

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Interface 101 in Mac OS X’s Address Book

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003 • 12:12 am

Go to Mac OS X’s Address Book. Click on the “+” button to add a new entry. Type something in the “First Name” field (or in the “Last Name” field if you’ve reversed the ORDER of the two). Press tab to go to the next field. Type something. Then press cmd-Z to “undo” your last […]

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More Mail flakiness

Wednesday, July 30th, 2003 • 12:03 am

I’ve already had the opportunity to describe several flaky aspects in Mac OS X’s Mail before… This one is something that I have been experiencing recurrently in recent weeks, because I am in the process of downloading a large number of files via FTP over my slow modem connection and the process takes up quite […]

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Democratizing the world

Tuesday, July 29th, 2003 • 10:21 pm

Notes about the grand project that some are using as an excuse to justify unilateral action

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LATEXT: « Dans tous mes rêves » et « NSR »

Tuesday, July 29th, 2003 • 5:58 pm

Mise à jour du site LATEXT

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Mystery window in Word X

Monday, July 28th, 2003 • 10:04 pm

Notes about a weird interface artifact that appears in Microsoft Word X

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The need for autosaving

Sunday, July 27th, 2003 • 10:08 pm

Matt Gemmell at has an interesting item and discussion about implementing autosaving, i.e. something that automatically saves your documents for you and does not rely on the user remembering to hit cmd-S every 30 seconds to ensure DATA safety. Since we are so far from such a feature in today’s computing environments, Matt’s item […]

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Sluggish iTunes

Friday, July 25th, 2003 • 10:29 pm

The iTunes CD-burning experience leaves quite a bit to be desired.

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Friday, July 25th, 2003 • 9:28 pm

Strange stuff about pure alcohol and multibran cereal

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Marc Zeedar on InDesign updater idiocy

Thursday, July 24th, 2003 • 4:12 pm

A response to Marc Zeedar’s column on Computer Idiocy

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Why brushed-metal is bad (in some cases)

Thursday, July 24th, 2003 • 1:48 am

More on the visual confusion generated by the brushed-metal appearance.

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Paul Weller rarities and more

Thursday, July 24th, 2003 • 1:13 am

Upcoming releases by Paul Weller, Jean-Louis Murat, and Prince.

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Umax and Mac OS X

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 • 11:43 pm

I gave up on Umax supporting my USB scanner (an Astra 4000U) under Mac OS X a long time ago. (When I need to scan, I just fire up Classic and use the stand-alone VistaScan application, which works OK. It’s a pain, and there’s always a risk that a future UPDATE of Mac OS X […]

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Iraq and North Korea: If only it were so simple…

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 • 10:08 pm

More on the justifications of the US war in Iraq

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