Articles posted in September, 2003

Key phrase dropped from UK Iraq dossier

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 • 12:58 am

It’s been interesting to follow the developments in the British inquiry into the suicide of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly. The whole issue is about whether Tony Blair’s administration did indeed “sex up” the dossier to make Iraq look more threatening than it actually was. I think it is pretty safe to say that most […]

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“Coupling” on US TV

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 • 12:46 am

Apparently, a couple of TV stations in the US have decided to drop the new US version of the hit BBC2 sitcom Coupling. The reason? The show’s racy sexual content “pushes the envelope well beyond the boundaries of our community’s standards”. I’ve talked about this SHOW before and about the fact that the US version […]

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Wenger’s Philosophy

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 • 8:33 pm

The Guardian has a good column by Kevin McCarra on Sunday’s incidents during the Manchester United vs. Arsenal clash. The only part where I would differ significantly from Mr. McCarra is in his assessment of Manchester United and how they have improved in recent years in terms of discipline. I still see Roy Keane barking […]

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Word X: Unwanted bookmarks bug

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 • 6:24 pm

Word X suffers from a new bug that didn’t affect previous versions of Word for the Mac. Try the following experiment: Select a block of text in a Word document. Hit cmd-C to copy it. Switch to a document window in FileMaker Pro. Paste the text in a field. Now return to your original Word […]

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Mac OS X 10.2.8 is out

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 • 4:33 pm

Apple made the latest Jaguar update available (a 40 MB download) via Software UPDATE last night. Unless you bought a new Mac very recently, you don’t have Mac OS X 10.2.7, which was never released online and is only for these new machines. As usual, it’s probably recommended to wait a few days and make […]

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“Select Word” script for BBEdit

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 • 4:26 pm

Here’s another useful AppleScript solution for people who, like me, use BBEdit or Mailsmith on a daily basis. This script gives you the ability to define a keyboard shortcut in BBEdit or Mailsmith for selecting the current word (i.e. the word where your cursor currently is). John Gruber goes much further and gives you a […]

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Solution for saving and restoring pages/tabs in Safari

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 • 4:10 pm

After reading my last “Apple Peel” column, a reader wrote me to mention a possible solution for users who want to quickly save and restore their open pages/tabs in Safari. The AppleScript-based solution is available on the ever-reliable Mac OS X Hints web site. Like John Gruber noted a while back, Safari in its current […]

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Arsenal, Wenger, Manchester United, van Nistelrooy, Ferguson, Vieira, and all that jazz

Monday, September 22nd, 2003 • 4:16 pm

Oh boy. Yesterday’s incidents were inevitably going to generate a lot of controversy, and further statements by the managers and players have not helped. Perhaps the most interesting commentary is the column in which Pete Gill asks “burning questions” about the whole thing. Pete Gill raises many valid questions. What amazes me is that […]

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EPL: Day 6, Part 2

Sunday, September 21st, 2003 • 9:24 pm

Arsenal deserved the draw at Old Trafford (0-0), but some players might have to answer a few questions about their own attitude after the final whistle, especially Lauren, who had no business shoving van Nistelrooy in the back like he did, no matter what he thought about the incident with Vieira. Words are one thing, […]

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EPL: Day 6, Part 1

Saturday, September 20th, 2003 • 11:58 pm

Chelsea were predictably all over Wolverhampton at home. It simply looks like Wolves don’t have a hope in hell of surviving in the Premier League. I guess that’ll be comforting to other teams threatened with a relegation battle. Tottenham’s woes continue, even though Kanouté keeps scoring. They’ve lost at home again, and I don’t really […]

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Latest “Apple Peel” column at

Saturday, September 20th, 2003 • 9:27 pm

My latest “Apple Peel” column is now up at “Memory Protection for Documents” It’s partly a rehash of things already touched upon in this blog, but with a bit more depth.

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Jean-Louis Murat, « Je me donne » (2000)

Saturday, September 20th, 2003 • 12:57 am

L’une des choses les plus remarquables dans les prestations « live » de Jean-Louis Murat est qu’elles recèlent presque toujours au moins quelques perles inédites, qui n’ont jamais paru ni sur les albums officiels ni sur les divers CD-singles et autres formats à tirage plus limité. L’artiste est en effet éminemment prolifique et ne se prive pas […]

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Friday, September 19th, 2003 • 5:57 pm

I try to visit some popular blogs from time to time, and Cory Doctorow’s BoingBoing is supposed to be one of them. I can’t help but be baffled, however, but the fact that his site is pretty much unusable if you are, like me, on a modem connection. The design of the site is such […]

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Abnormal CPU usage in Mac OS X

Friday, September 19th, 2003 • 4:50 pm

This morning, after waking my computer from deep sleep and getting to work, I noticed a certain level of sluggishness. When I looked at my MenuMeters indicators, I saw that both processors in my dual 1.25 GHz G4 were at 100%. I went to the Terminal and typed “top -u”, to see what was causing […]

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ATI, Apple and graphics card drivers: still a mess

Thursday, September 18th, 2003 • 10:09 pm

Damien Barrett has an item about trying to find drivers for an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card. The Radeon card driver issue for Mac has been going on for far too long. Here’s something that I wrote 6 months ago. No improvement since then. The bottom-line is that, if you bought your card through retail, […]

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