Articles posted in July, 2003

pMachine: Taming the beast

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 • 4:58 pm

Well, I must admit I am thoroughly confused about the distinctions between BLURB, BODY and MORE in pMachine, and have had to ask for help. Hopefully this will be clarified soon and I’ll be able to provide a blog structure that makes a bit more sense… Again, thanks for bearing with me during this transition. […]

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Betalogue has moved!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 • 12:42 am

Please note that I have given up on Radio UserLand and moved to a new blogging system called pMachine. This means a number of changes, which I will EXPLAIN in more detail in future posts on the new blog. Most importantly, here are the new addresses: The new home page for Betalogue is: (No […]

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A new “home” for Betalogue

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 • 12:34 am

Welcome to my blog’s new home.

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Drag-and-drop in Toast Titanium: smarter than expected

Monday, July 21st, 2003 • 1:08 am

I’ve just discovered a trick with Toast Titanium that I wasn’t aware of. If you have a series of folders containing MP3 files or containing folders that contain MP3 files, you don’t have to open each and every folder to access the MP3 files themselves and drag-and-drop them on the Toast application window in “Audio […]

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Mac OS X: Pictures not centered when printing to HP cp1700

Sunday, July 20th, 2003 • 11:18 pm

This is a problem that I have had ever since I bought my HP cp1700 color inkjet printer. When printing a picture from within Photoshop (or other Mac OS X applications), even though the “Print Preview” indicates that the picture will be centered on the page, it ends up being closer to the top than […]

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iTunes’ auto-complete: irritating

Sunday, July 20th, 2003 • 11:11 pm

When editing music file tags in iTunes 4 (artist, title, etc.), the program seems to be using some kind of “auto-complete” feature similar to the one in Safari (for URLs and for form fields). The problem is that it often automatically inserts text that you do not want there, only because the first few letters […]

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Iraq: It might be worse than Vietnam

Saturday, July 19th, 2003 • 6:52 pm

The following column by Jeff Danziger is particularly striking: “Tour of Duty or Deplorable Deployment?” by Jeff Danziger, Los Angeles Times As a complement, the following is a good read as well, even though it’s from the U.K. and it’s much more clearly biased. “20 Lies About the War” by Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker, […]

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Mac OS X: Another Mail annoyance

Friday, July 18th, 2003 • 10:52 pm

Go to Mac OS X’s Mail. Create a new message. Go to the body of the message. SELECT a signature in the Signatures pop-up menu on the right-hand side. Start typing. Your typing will start after the signature text. Doh. I suppose it means that Apple wants us to do things in one particular order: […]

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Mac OS X: Transmit on a modem connection

Friday, July 18th, 2003 • 10:42 pm

In the past few days, I’ve been using Panic Software’s Transmit quite a bit for downloading a number of MP3 files off a private server (nothing illegal, don’t worry). Given that I am still on a dial-up connection peaking at 28.8 kbps, I am unfortunately used to very long download times and lousy Internet performance […]

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Mac OS X: Hint for forcing Mail to display plain text messages

Thursday, July 17th, 2003 • 3:59 am

I cannot believe I have lived without this for so long. The fact that Mail always displays the HTML version of HTML-formatted email messages by default has always annoyed me. Yes, switching to the “Plain text alternative” was just a couple of mouse clicks or a keyboard shortcut away, but even that was too much. […]

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Digital Soap Box on “crippled” Mac software

Thursday, July 17th, 2003 • 1:38 am

Thomas Fitzgerald’s Digital Soap Box has a good post about an issue that has been bugging me for a while as well: Where are all the Quartz compositors? There is a powerful fast hardware accelerated compositing engine built right in to OX and yet no developers have taken advantage of it. Why doesn’t combustion or […]

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All you ever wanted to know about audio conversion

Tuesday, July 15th, 2003 • 9:52 pm

As a music lover, I am obviously interested in issues surrounding the analog/digital conversion process and all its associated technologies. I am aware of the limitations of compressed formats such as MP3 and AAC and of CDs, as well as the still unfulfilled promise of new digital formats such DVD-Audio and SuperAudio CD (SACD). On […]

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Globe and Mail article mentions iTunes in Canada

Monday, July 14th, 2003 • 10:27 pm

As a Mac user located in Canada, I was pleased to read in last Saturday’s Globe and Mail that the iTunes Music Store will be coming to Canada “in the fall,” once outstanding legal issues with the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) are resolved. It was nice to see a picture of an Apple product—the […]

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Better writing tools

Monday, July 14th, 2003 • 6:18 pm

Our current text editors and word processors still have a long way to go before they can claim to be anywhere near the level where a real writer requiring real writing tools would expect them to be. Here are a few examples. When editing a text, I often decide that I want to put a […]

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Latest “Apple Peel” column

Friday, July 11th, 2003 • 11:53 pm

My latest “Apple Peel” column is up at “The Missing Link: The iServe” by Pierre Igot, in which I fantasize about an Apple-branded device that could act as the missing link between our computer and our home entertainment unit and draw from all the latest technological advances to enhance our listening and viewing […]

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