Articles posted in October, 2003

EPL: Day 9, Part 1

Saturday, October 18th, 2003 • 9:32 pm

Well, Arsenal is the only unbeaten side left in the English Premier League now. They beat Chelsea 2-1 at home today. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game, although the last 15 minutes (after the winning goal) were a bit too tense for my taste. Ray Parlour finally got a goal after less than 10 minutes, […]

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New “Apple Peel” column at

Saturday, October 18th, 2003 • 3:46 am

My latest “Apple Peel” column is up at It’s about Default Folder X, a terrific Mac OS X utility.

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Mac OS X’s Keychain management: definitely not right

Friday, October 17th, 2003 • 5:02 pm

A while ago, I wrote about the annoying fact that, after a system upgrade, Mac OS X would ask me to re-authorize programs such as Mail and Safari to access information stored in my keychain. The same thing happened again when I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.2.8. People commented on the fact that this […]

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Oh Kagi

Friday, October 17th, 2003 • 4:18 pm

Went to the Kagi store this morning to purchase my upgrade copy of DragThing 5. Got to the page for entering personal information. After a reminder of what I am about to purchase and how much it’s going to cost, the form starts with “Shipping address”, with fields for the street address, city, province, etc. […]

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FCC: Here we go again

Friday, October 17th, 2003 • 5:01 am

The Washington Post has worrying news about the FCC seeking to introduce rules that would force technology manufacturers to include copy-protection hardware in personal computers and other consumer electronics. It’s the same old story, but this time for high-definition TV signals rather than regular TV signals or digital music. And it’s no wonder that the […]

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Alan Graham at O’Reilly on the RIAA

Friday, October 17th, 2003 • 4:43 am

In a blog entry entitled “Technology vs. Legislation: Part Two – iTunes for Windows and the RIAA“, Alan Graham at O’Reilly tells it like it really is when it comes to digital technology and the recording industry: So given the apparent disconnect between the RIAA and the consumer, why is it we still consider any […]

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New iPod accessories: getting closer to the portable Holy Grail

Friday, October 17th, 2003 • 12:32 am

Apple has just announced two new accessories for iPods. I personally have yet to buy an iPod, in spite of my great love of music and extensive music collection. First I waited for the hard drive capacity to go up. Then I waited for Apple to add the features that I’d really like These two […]

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Word X: Document windows and Word toolbars

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 11:15 pm

Word X’s toolbars are obviously not the same as standard Mac OS X toolbars. They are not attached to a window, and they can only be customized through Word’s own (very clumsy) “Customize” feature. The problem, as usual with Microsoft, is that this leads to all kinds of new problems in Mac OS X. For […]

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EPL: Arsenal plead guilty, top fair play table

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 10:07 pm

The English FA has revealed that the Arsenal players involved in the incidents at Old Trafford a few weeks ago have pleaded guilty by admitting a number of misconduct charges. The club itself has pleaded guilty of failing to control its players. This is good news, not just because it means that the penalties will […]

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More on iCal 1.5

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 9:25 pm

While some things have been fixed, as noted earlier, other haven’t, unfortunately. And it’s not because they haven’t been reported to Apple. (They have.) This one is a recurring problem that I have had with all versions of iCal so far, including the latest 1.5 build. My computer is normally set to turn on the […]

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The Beatles and the online world

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 9:23 pm

The BBC News web site has an article dated October 14, 2003 that says that The Beatles “see no future online“. Geoff Baker, a Beatles spokesman, is quoted several times as saying, As far as I am concerned, we are doing very well as it is. In other words, the only reason the Beatles would […]

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Weird wake-from-sleep freeze in Mac OS X (10.2.8)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 5:02 pm

This morning, unfortunately, I experienced a problem in Mac OS X that forced me to use a hard reset on my dual G4. I went to the computer to wake it from deep sleep, as usually. Both screens lit up as usual, and the fans started whirring, etc. But there was a problem on the […]

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iCal 1.5 fixes some long-standing bugs

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 5:01 pm

Apart from the several user interface improvements and feature enhancements in the latest version of iCal (although more work still needs to be done in that department), it’s good to see that small, yet significant bugs have been fixed as well. For example, in previous versions of iCal, if you had set an alarm to […]

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Mail in Panther: some good news

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 4:11 pm

Of all the new features and improvements mentioned on Apple’s promo pages about the upcoming Panther, the one that I am most looking forward is possibly the following, in Mail: Attachment Interface: Manage attachments directly from message header. I have yet to see it in action, of course, but if it addresses my problem with […]

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.Mac thank-you gift finally arrives… electronically

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 • 6:12 am

I finally got my $30CDN electronic rebate on my next Apple Store purchase as part of my .Mac subscription renewal. You might remember that Apple managed to mess up the process significantly and that I have commented on this before. All is well that ends well, I guess — except that I didn’t get any […]

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