Articles posted in May, 2004

Rick Schaut on line breaks in Word

Friday, May 14th, 2004 • 7:50 am

I don’t mean to pick on Mr. Schaut, but since he’s writing about those things, he’s exposing himself to criticism. I’ll try to make it constructive. So now Rick writes about line breaks in Word. His post is both hilarious and very sad indeed. It’s hilarious, because: Rick can’t even use the proper terminology (it’s […]

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Rick Schaut on styles and Word 2004

Friday, May 14th, 2004 • 6:41 am

Microsoft blogger and MacBU developer Rick Schaut has a new blog entry on styles in Microsoft Word for Mac. It’s an interesting read, especially for people who already use (or try to use) styles in Word X. If you’ve never used styles, then you’ll be glad to know that, according to Schaut, “you can’t use […]

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Office 2004 Pro delay

Thursday, May 13th, 2004 • 10:52 pm

It’s always nice when a big company such as Microsoft deems it appropriate not to make any mention of any product delays on its own web site, and leaves it to third-party sites to announce the bad news. If you visit the “Mactopia” section of Microsoft’s web site today, you will not see any mention […]

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GraceNote CDDB and French titles

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 • 11:52 pm

This one has been annoying me for a while. As you know, when you need the track list for a CD, iTunes offers the option to look it up in GraceNote’s CDDB database. It’s usually much faster than having to enter all the information yourself manually. The problem is that the CDDB is extremely poor […]

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Kurt Vonnegut on today’s socio-political crisis

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 • 11:12 pm

Veteran sci-fi writer Kurt Vonnegut has this to say about the world we live in today: Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing […]

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Apple: Do not drag install Safari

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 • 11:00 am

Apple has a laconic new Knowledge Base article that states: You should not drag a copy of Safari 1.0 or later to install it. If you do, Safari may not work, or may give unexpected results. Beta versions of Safari were compatible with “drag install,” the practice of installing software by simply copying an application […]

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iTunes Music Store: Moving beyond ‘Best Of’ albums

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 • 10:42 am

There is something rather contradictory between the very concept of an on-line music store and the fact that so many of the “catalogue” albums currently being added are “Best Of”-type albums. For example, one of the albums recently added to the iTunes Music Store is Blues with a Feeling – The Very Best of Taj […]

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Panther’s Mail: Still some visual glitches

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 • 4:34 am

I don’t use Mail’s default settings when it comes to displaying mail messages. Then again, I don’t use outlandish settings either. My font setting in Mail’s preferences for “Message list font” is “Lucida Grande” size 14. (And my message font is Trebuchet MS size 14.) Unfortunately, when scrolling up and down my list of messages, […]

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More of the best Prince songs you probably haven’t heard

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004 • 7:08 am

Citizen Keith follows in the footsteps of Slate writer Ben Williams and gives us his own list of “best Prince songs you haven’t heard“, which is very different from Ben Williams’ list. Of course, there are so many great Prince songs that major differences are unavoidable. Major disagreements (on “Animal Kingdom” in this particular case) […]

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Running Panther Server: Things that only work once you start using them

Monday, May 10th, 2004 • 9:59 pm

Apple has a new Knowledge Base article titled “Mac OS X Server 10.3: Disk quota not set until the user logs in via AFP”, which says: Disk Quotas are set up in Workgroup Manager in Mac OS X Server 10.3. However, they are not enforced for an account until that user has logged in once […]

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François Ozon, Sous le sable (2001)

Monday, May 10th, 2004 • 7:03 am

Je dois avoir ma dose de François Ozon pour un moment… Après 8 femmes et Swimming Pool, le hasard (plus ou moins) a voulu que nous regardions Sous le sable l’autre soir. Des trois films, c’est sans doute le moins artificiel. Une histoire de disparition non acceptée, de deuil impossible à faire… Cela pourrait presque […]

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Panther freezes (continued)

Monday, May 10th, 2004 • 6:47 am

It seems that the troubleshooting process regarding my periodic Panther freezes is not yet over… I thought that my stock internal hard drive (an IBM 120 GB hard drive) was the problem. I installed a new Seagate hard drive, did a fresh install of Panther, and transferred all my stuff from the old drive to […]

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Friday’s posts erased by my host

Monday, May 10th, 2004 • 6:45 am

I mentioned last Thursday that my host was having problems with their server hardware and that the site had been unavailable for a time. What I didn’t know at the time and didn’t realize until now is that the problems were obviously not entirely fixed at the time, because all the items that were posted […]

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European football: A season of upsets

Saturday, May 8th, 2004 • 11:18 pm

The season is not entirely over yet, but the verdict is already in: This is definitely a year of major upsets. In England, Arsenal’s deserved grip on the title is not a big surprise, but Manchester United is having a dreadful run in the closing stages (3 defeats, 1 draw, and 1 victory in their […]

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Hacking pMachine: Displaying post IDs

Saturday, May 8th, 2004 • 5:11 am

While I still know pretty much nothing about PHP and MySQL, I am trying to find ways to customize pMachine, especially now that pMachine’s makers seem to be focusing their energies on their new Expression Engine product. One particular thing that has been frustrating me for a long time is that I regularly need to […]

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