Articles posted in June, 2004

Panther freezes: Maybe it’s time for Apple to get down to work

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 • 10:52 am

Regular Betalogue readers know that I have be experiencing recurring system-wide freezes in Panther and that, over the past few months, I have been tentatively attributing them to a variety of causes, including a defective hard drive, USB devices, Panther’s screen saver, Panther’s display sleep feature, etc. Well, today I read the following on […]

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Mac OS X Tiger preview

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 • 4:15 am

As far as I am concerned, there are lots of really exciting new features or improvements announced for the forthcoming major Mac OS X upgrade 10.4 called “Tiger”. Of particular interest to me are the many improvements to search capabilities in various aspects of Mac OS X, including the Finder itself, with — finally — […]

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Canadian elections: Minority government for a majority of socially progressive voters

Monday, June 28th, 2004 • 11:36 pm

It is of course rather difficult to analyze the results of yesterday’s elections here in Canada. Paul Martin got the tap on the wrist that he deserved for all the scheming that led him to the position of being the Prime Minister without having been elected to that office. He also got a whack on […]

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Euro 2004: Quarter-Finals, Czech Republic 3 – Denmark 0

Monday, June 28th, 2004 • 10:55 pm

The ultimate outcome of this last quarter-final was hardly a surprise, and the manner in which it happened wasn’t particularly surprising either. Things were rather tentative in the first half, which ended 0-0, but after the break the Czechs were all over the Danes and the final score could have been even worse. The Danes […]

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Word 2004: More on disappearing I-beam cursor

Monday, June 28th, 2004 • 4:01 am

Last week I reported on a new bug in Word 2004 that causes the I-beam cursor (blinking insertion bar that indicates where you are in the text) to disappear and makes it difficult to determine where you are in your text. At the time I said that I wasn’t able to reproduce the bug reliably. […]

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Mac OS X’s Preview: Lack of visual clues regarding window/drawer focus

Saturday, June 26th, 2004 • 11:07 pm

When viewing a PDF file with Mac OS X’s Preview, if the drawer on the side is open (displaying either thumbnails of each page or a table of contents if the PDF file has one), it is often hard to tell where the focus is. If something is highlighted in the drawer, the only clue […]

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Euro 2004: Quarter-Finals, Holland 0 – Sweden 0

Saturday, June 26th, 2004 • 11:00 pm

It was not exactly a classic. Once again, the game was marred by multiple ugly fouls by Dutch players, which resulted in an early flurry of yellow cards. (Ironically, de Boer managed to both earn a yellow card and injure himself in an ugly foul on Ljunberg.) Although there were chances on both sides, the […]

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Word 2004: Still displays ‘Web’ toolbar without permission

Saturday, June 26th, 2004 • 6:12 am

This is a long-standing problem with Word, and Microsoft hasn’t done anything to improve it in Word 2004. For example, if you use Word’s automatic table of contents feature to create an automatic table of contents for a document, the page numbers in the table of contents are actually clickable. When you click on a […]

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Euro 2004: Quarter-Finals, France 0 – Greece 1

Friday, June 25th, 2004 • 11:41 am

Now that was embarrassing. As much as the first quarter-final on Thursday night was a tight contest, there was never much doubt about the outcome of this game. The Greeks had a game plan, and it worked to perfection. Similarly to what happened during the group stage, the French didn’t seem to know how to […]

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Word 2004: More on automatic paragraph spacing

Friday, June 25th, 2004 • 4:02 am

As indicated in the comments on yesterday’s item on an unfathomable paragraph spacing behaviour in Word, it turns out, as I suspected, that the behaviour is intentional. It’s actually a feature called “HTML Paragraph Auto Spacing” and can be turned off or on on a document-specific basis through the “Compatibility” pane in Word’s “Preferences” dialog […]

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Euro 2004: Quarter-Finals, Portugal 2 – England 2

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 • 11:26 pm

Well, Eriksson can complain about the condition of the penalty spot where the penalties had to be taken from last night all he wants, it won’t change anything to the fact that: 1) everyone, including the Portuguese players, had to take their penalty from the same spot; 2) things might not have gone to penalty […]

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Apple Knowledge Base article on ‘server rejected password’ error message in Mail

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 • 1:38 am

Apple has a new Knowledge Base article on Mac OS X’s Mail and the “The server rejected the password” alert, which can appear even when the password is correct. Mac OS X Mail: “The server rejected the password” alert, even with correct password Mail might tell you this, even when you’re using the correct password: […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group D, Day 3

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 • 12:38 am

The final day of the first round brought confirmation of what most people suspected, i.e. that Germany really didn’t have what they needed to go any farther in the competition, and that Latvia didn’t really have what they needed to be in the competition in the first place. The Germany defeat is especially embarrassing in […]

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Word 2004: Totally irrational behaviour with ‘Space Before’ setting in paragraph styles

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 • 12:13 am

I can’t believe this. Ever since I upgraded to Word X back in 2002, I have been experiencing a problem with my styles that I thought was due to some kind of corruption. In fact, this problem was the main reason why I decided to rebuild my templates from scratch after installing Office 2004, rather […]

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Word 2004: Using ‘Preview’ button in ‘Print’ dialog kills keyboard shortcuts in dialog boxes

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 • 5:28 am

This one is a bug that already existed in Word X (I reported it here) and is 100% reproducible. Open a document in Word. Select the “Print…” command. In the “Print” dialog box, click on the “Preview” button, which is a Mac OS X button available in all “Print” dialog boxes that creates a temporary […]

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