Articles posted in December, 2003

AsantéTalk voodoo

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003 • 8:22 am

I’ve been using an AsantéTalk box to connect my old LaserJet 5MP to my Ethernet/wireless network for years now, and on the whole it’s been working fine. But there is one thing that the AsantéTalk really doesn’t like, and it’s power outages. Whenever we have one (and it happens often enough in these parts of […]

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Panther: Address Book sluggishness

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003 • 8:09 am

This is something that I had not noticed on my dual 1.25 GHz G4, where things are reasonably fast. But I’ve just installed Panther on my PowerBook G4/400 and… boy is Address Book ever slow! Apple might have added all kinds of improvements to the application, but they certainly don’t seem to have optimized it […]

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Panther Installer: Can’t it tell what kind of screen a laptop uses?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 • 6:57 am

It boggles the mind. I’ve just installed Panther on my PowerBook G4 and, by default, the “Font smoothing style” in the Appearance pane in System Preferences is set to… “Standard – best for CRT”. Surely Panther is able to tell that I’m installing it on a PowerBook and that the display is a flat panel. […]

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Mac OS X Installers: Selecting the volume on which you want to install

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 • 4:48 am

Here is one that I’d really like to understand. In this day and age, if you want to keep your system software (and third-party software) up to date, you have to use the Mac OS X installer all the time. What I don’t understand is why, when it comes to selecting the volume on which […]

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Betalogue: Duplicate notification emails?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 • 3:57 am

This question is for Betalogue readers who have contributed comments to this blog and have checked the box to be notified by email of any replies to their own comments. Have you ever received two copies of the notification emails? Do you always get two copies? Do you never received two copies? This is the […]

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Recent Comments box: Problem with titles

Monday, December 15th, 2003 • 5:16 am

I don’t know why, but my “Recent Comments” box (on the right-hand side of the home page) is not working right. Normally, when you hover over one of the date/time links, the title of the corresponding blog entry should show up either in a tool tip (Camino/Mozilla) or in the window’s status bar (Safari). Right […]

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Panther’s Mail: Nice little touch

Monday, December 15th, 2003 • 5:14 am

In spite of all its imperfections, there are nice little touches in Mail that show that at least some thought has actually gone into usability issues. For example, I was browsing a discussion thread this morning. I am already familiar with the ability to collapse/expand a thread by using the left and right cursor keys. […]

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EPL: Day 16, Part 2

Sunday, December 14th, 2003 • 12:08 pm

As usual, things didn’t turn out quite as expected. The Arsenal vs. Blackburn game at Highbury (1 – 0) was more about tension and fatigue then anything else. Those big Blackburn thugs got a handful of yellow cards (and Gilberto finally managed to get his first-ever in the EPL — quite an achievement in itself). […]

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Laetitia Colombani, À la folie… pas du tout (2002)

Saturday, December 13th, 2003 • 5:40 am

Je ne savais pas du tout de quoi il retournait dans ce film. Je savais juste qu’on y retrouvait Audrey Tautou en soeur jumelle diabolique d’Amélie Poulain, selon les dires du New York Times placés ostensiblement en exergue au haut de l’emballage du DVD (prêté par un ami). Je n’étais donc pas du tout au […]

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EPL: Day 16, Part 1

Saturday, December 13th, 2003 • 3:31 am

A couple of significant upsets today in the English Premier League, including the first home defeat of the season for Chelsea against… Bolton, of all teams. It was a dreadfully boring game to watch, but, after a fairly bright start, Chelsea just weren’t able to get going again once Bolton had drawn level with a […]

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New “Apple Peel” column on Mail at

Friday, December 12th, 2003 • 5:40 am

The second column in my series of three articles on Panther’s Mail application is now up at Apple Peel: Improvements in Panther’s Mail (Part 2 of 3) It deals with issues regarding mailbox browsing, keyboard navigation, moving messages around, message searching and sorting, message history, and attachment and signature handling. Feel free to comment […]

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Sidebar in Panther’s Finder: Apple repeats the same errors again

Friday, December 12th, 2003 • 5:22 am

Sometimes, it looks as if, in Mac OS X, Apple is deliberately trying to prevent us from using visual clues to differentiate between similar looking items. Try, for example, putting several folders next to each other in the right-hand side of the Dock. They all look exactly the same, and the only to tell the […]

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Safari: alt text for button images disappears if web page download is interrupted

Friday, December 12th, 2003 • 12:50 am

This is one that annoys me to no end… I am not a very patient web browser. Since pages take so long to load through my pokey modem connection, usually, as soon as I see on a page everything that I need to see, I interrupt the download by clicking on the “Stop” button. The […]

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Panther: Creating a new message in Mail by dragging a URL proxy from Safari

Thursday, December 11th, 2003 • 7:54 am

In a nutshell: it doesn’t work. Normally, if you want to send a new message to someone with an attachment, you can drag the attachment in question from the Finder to the Mail icon in the Dock, and then Mail comes to the foreground with a new message window with the file appended as an […]

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Panther’s Address Book: Still not user-friendly enough

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 • 11:42 pm

I’ve already commented on some of the improvements made to the Address Book application in Panther. But some things become clearer through daily use after a while. Back then, I noted that, when you click on the contextual menu next to an email address in Mail and choose “Add Sender to Address Book”, Mail doesn’t […]

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