Articles posted in April, 2004

Champions’ League semi-final: Amazing Monaco 3 – Shameful Chelsea 1

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 • 11:48 am

Once again, Monaco have achieved the unbelievable. The first half of the game was probably as expected, with a fairly balanced match and a balanced score (1-1), although Monaco were somewhat guilty of not protecting their lead more carefully. The drama was in the second half, and it all started with the red card against […]

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French Mac Marginalization in Nova Scotia, Canada

Monday, April 19th, 2004 • 11:13 pm

Here in Nova Scotia, we are not exactly blessed with top-notch service from reputable local Apple authorized resellers. I suppose that the market is simply not big enough to generate sufficient competition and force existing resellers to provide decent support. Add to that the fact that French-speaking Mac users in Nova Scotia are doubly marginalized […]

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Panther’s Finder: The problem with integrated features

Monday, April 19th, 2004 • 7:06 am

In Panther, the Finder includes an archiving/compression utility that attempts to replace third-party products such as Aladdin’s StuffIt. The utility consists of a command called “Create Archive of X” that is accessible either through the “File” menu in the Finder or through the contextual/Action menu available whenever something is selected in a Finder window. Using […]

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The Guardian interviews Dennis Bergkamp

Monday, April 19th, 2004 • 12:32 am

UK newspaper The Guardian has a very good interview with Arsenal playmaker Dennis Bergkamp. There is really much to admire about this team in general and about Bergkamp in particular, as I have already had the opportunity to mention.

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More on Mac OS X system freezes: hard drive problem?

Sunday, April 18th, 2004 • 11:14 pm

I recently wrote about a problem I have been experiencing in the past couple of weeks or so, with my G4 (MDD) seemingly freezing during the night while the displays are asleep (but not the CPUs or the hard drive). Well, there have been a few developments over the week-end, which might yet help me […]

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Localized versions of Microsoft Office 2004

Saturday, April 17th, 2004 • 11:56 pm

Based on this MacCentral/ComputerWorld article, Microsoft will ship Office 2004 for the Mac in May… The code for Office 2004 will be “released to manufacturing on April 14“. If your main language is not English, however, the story is a bit different: In the next few weeks, six localized versions of Office 2004 for Mac […]

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HP printer drivers: Back on the HP web site?

Saturday, April 17th, 2004 • 11:39 pm

It seems that HP haven’t quite made up their minds about whether they are going to continue to require people to order their updated printer drivers on CD-ROM or let them download them from their web site again. Yesterday I saw in the VersionTracker update an item about version 2.4 of the driver for HP […]

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EPL: Day 34, Part 2 (Portsmouth 1 – Manchester United 0)

Friday, April 16th, 2004 • 11:59 pm

Well, much has been made of the alleged crises at Arsenal and Real Madrid following their Champions’ League exits 10 days ago. But Arsenal have responded beautifully by maintaining their unbeaten record in the league and scoring a cornucopia of goals. And it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid’s title chances really are in […]

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EPL: Day 34 (Arsenal 5 – Leeds 0)

Friday, April 16th, 2004 • 7:09 am

Well, what can you say? Thierry Henry is a magnificent player, Arsenal can be a magnificent team — but we already know that. Still, I think it’s the first time Thierry scores 4 goals in the same game — and 7 in 8 days! When I read about Eddie Gray warning Arsenal that Leeds might […]

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FileMaker 7: Supports Quartz Text Smoothing – sort of

Thursday, April 15th, 2004 • 11:39 pm

The other thing that I noticed in FileMaker Developer 7 right away is that the application finally supports Mac OS X’s Quartz Text Smoothing. I like Quartz Text Smoothing. I much prefer it to the font anti-aliasing schemes used in previous versions of the Mac OS. And I prefer it to non-anti-aliased text in most […]

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FileMaker 7: Doesn’t support full keyboard access

Thursday, April 15th, 2004 • 11:19 pm

I’ve only just installed FileMaker 7. I am using the Developer version, but I suspect the problems are the same throughout the family of applications. I’ve just spent hours developing a database solution in FileMaker Developer 6, so I am more than acutely aware of the many problems with the FileMaker interface. There are far […]

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Spam referrers and other weird spam-like behaviours

Thursday, April 15th, 2004 • 4:48 am

Thanks to John Gruber’s post on his new Preferences page, I now know why I keep seeing the URLs of various porn sites in my referrers log, as if these porn sites were actually referring to my blog pages. It turns out that it’s apparently a spam-like strategy intended to increase the page ranking of […]

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Panther: Still not waking from sleep

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004 • 10:22 pm

A few days ago, I wrote about this glitch in my Mac OS X 10.3 environment that sometimes prevents my computer displays from waking from sleep. At the time, I indicated that I suspected a problem with Mail and my AirPort Base Station getting disconnected from the Internet (I am on a dial-up connection) while […]

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Safari: Problem with accented chars in page titles fixed

Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 • 12:51 am

A long time ago (in March 2003, to be precise), I sent a bug report to Apple about the fact that, when dragging a URL proxy from a Safari window’s address bar to the desktop or a Finder window (in order to create a .webloc file referring to a site), if the web page’s title […]

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LaunchBar 4: Wow

Monday, April 12th, 2004 • 11:12 pm

The feature list for the upcoming version 4 of ObjectiveDevelopment’s LaunchBar utility (now in beta) is pretty impressive. I’ve written about LaunchBar before. It’s already a great little application and I personally simply cannot do without it. (Well, OK, I can, but I feel strangely “naked” when working on a machine where it is not […]

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