Articles posted in April, 2004

GarageBand: More interface inconsistency

Monday, April 12th, 2004 • 4:58 am

With GarageBand, Apple has once again strayed away from their own interface standards. The document window is neither a standard Aqua window nor a brushed-metal window — but some kind of plastic-wood hybrid window. Obviously, the intent is to mimic the look of actual studio gear. I am not necessarily against it, in so far […]

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EPL: Day 33, Part 2 and elsewhere in Europe

Monday, April 12th, 2004 • 4:42 am

Wow. Quite a few upsets this week-end. After drawing against Middlesborough at home on Saturday, Chelsea have just lost at Villa Park 2-3 to Aston Villa — and it was no accident, with Villa confirming their rather excellent form this season (even without their star striker Angel) and Chelsea confirming that they are not nearly […]

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Garage Funk

Monday, April 12th, 2004 • 12:29 am

In case you are interested, here’s the product of my first experiments with GarageBand: “Organ Funk” (MP4 file, 2.1 MB, duration: 1:48). It’s mostly cut-and-paste stuff, with a number of adjustments (transpositions, additional notes & beats, special effects), and a few twists. But the bass line is entirely mine :). And no, don’t worry, I […]

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GarageBand: ‘Would you like me to save before I crash?’

Sunday, April 11th, 2004 • 10:51 pm

I have just started fooling around with GarageBand. It’s fun. I have version 1.0.1 running. Yesterday, as I was playing with a music project consisting of a few tracks (4 at the time if my memory serves me well), all of a sudden I got an alert telling me that GarageBand didn’t have enough memory […]

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Mac OS X: Will the glitches ever disappear?

Sunday, April 11th, 2004 • 10:44 pm

I realize I have a somewhat complicated setup. I use a number of USB and FireWire peripherals. I run a number of pieces of software, including a few that involve kernel extensions or “application enhancers”. I also use a dial-up connection that is shared through an AirPort Base Station, which is probably stretching it as […]

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EPL: Day 33 (Newcastle 0 – Arsenal 0)

Sunday, April 11th, 2004 • 3:42 am

The last week was a roller coaster ride emotionally and psychologically for Arsenal players and supporters alike. It was only fitting, therefore, that it would end on a more modest note, with a lackluster 0-0 draw at Newcastle’s Saint James’ Park. Things would have been much different, of course, had the Gunners continued their free-fall […]

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EPL: Day 32 (Arsenal 4 – Liverpool 2)

Friday, April 9th, 2004 • 5:23 am

This one was for the doubters. Arsenal might not be the best team in Europe just yet (but then, neither are Monaco, Porto, Deportivo or Chelsea), but they certainly have a firm grip on the English Premiership, and that’s no small feat. The grip didn’t seem as firm today during the first half, where twice […]

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Gruber on software usability

Friday, April 9th, 2004 • 1:35 am

If you are interested in software usability issues and the computer industry as a whole (included Windows, Linux, etc.), then the recent debate about the usability of Linux — triggered by “The Luxury of Ignorance: An Open-Source Horror Story“, an article by open source guru Eric Raymond (who obviously still thinks that Helvetica is a […]

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Panther’s Finder: “Change All” command doesn’t change file icons

Thursday, April 8th, 2004 • 3:44 am

Even though there have been several incremental updates since the release of Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), Apple still hasn’t fixed some of the problems introduced (or reintroduced) in the new system with respect to refreshing lists of files. I have already discussed the delay between the time you save a file in an application […]

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Panther: Problem with behaviour of Close/Minimize/Maximize buttons

Thursday, April 8th, 2004 • 3:21 am

The following problem in Panther is particularly serious in my opinion, because it goes against intuition. Whenever you take your mouse to the top-left corner of a window and hover over the three buttons (red for closing, yellow for minimizing, and green for maximizing), Mac OS X changes the visual aspect of the buttons in […]

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Champions’ League quarter-finals: second leg (Deportivo through, AC Milan out)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 • 7:20 am

Talk about major upsets! After the demise of Arsenal and Real Madrid yesterday, it was the turn of AC Milan today. Before this game, they looked like the odds-on favourites to win the trophy for the second consecutive year. After all, they had beaten Deportivo comprehensively and convincingly in the first leg (4-1 in Italy), […]

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Panther’s Mail: Rebuilding mailboxes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 • 12:19 am

I regularly use the “Rebuild” command in Mail’s “Mailbox” menu in order to rebuild the indexes of my mailboxes. This is because I have noticed that, sometimes, when Mail crashes (and Mail does still crash, unfortunately), after I relaunch it some of the messages that I thought I had moved to the trash are still […]

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Champions’ League quarter-finals: second leg (Monaco and Chelsea through, Real Madrid and Arsenal out)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 • 12:00 am

Well, well, well. It certainly was an eventful Tuesday in European football, wasn’t it? That’s the thing with cup competitions… No matter how well you performed in previous rounds, it just takes one slip-up — and you are out. For Arsenal, the slip-up took the shape of a sub-par second-half performance. During the first half […]

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Prince’s Musicology store, licensed WMA files, and Apple’s iTunes Music Store

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 • 6:53 am

As a long-time Prince fan, I am obviously excited by the prospect of being able to purchase new music directly from the artist’s own web site. The Musicology music store has now become a reality. (In previous years, membership of the NPG Music Club did give you access to a number of music file downloads, […]

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Jean-Louis Murat, Parfum d’acacia au jardin (2004)

Monday, April 5th, 2004 • 10:24 pm

Parfois, on dirait quand même qu’il fait un peu exprès, Jean-Louis Murat. Il se plaint régulièrement à qui veut bien l’écouter qu’il ne vend pas assez, qu’il mériterait de vendre plus — et je suis bien d’accord sur le fond — mais croit-il vraiment que ça aide de sortir une oeuvre avec un titre pareil? […]

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