Articles posted in June, 2004

iTunes: Limitations in music file information tags

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 • 3:46 am

iTunes might be smart enough to know that “The Beatles” should appear under “B” in alphabetical order when listing artist names in its music library — but that’s about it when it comes to being smart about artist names If you have a song by “Johnny Cash,” for example, it will appear under “J,” not […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group C, Day 3

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004 • 9:49 pm

Some Italian players are already crying foul, saying that the 2-2 draw between Denmark and Sweden was a fix, and Denmark’s own Tomasson, scorer of the two Danish goals, including a superb lob, is saying that Italy deserved to qualify ahead of Sweden, but the Italian press are more sensible and say that people should […]

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Matt Neuburg on Word 2004

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004 • 5:25 am

TidBITS contributor Matt Neuburg has a fairly extensive review of Word 2004 in the latest TibBITS issue. It’s a pretty fair — if depressing — evaluation of the software. I wasn’t aware that Word’s support for AppleScript was vastly improved over previous versions. On the other hand, I am not likely to start rewriting all […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group B, Day 3

Monday, June 21st, 2004 • 9:38 am

Finally. Finally Thierry Henry has started scoring. And finally France has started scoring from open play and not a set piece — although Thierry’s second goal was mostly a solo effort, so they have yet to score a beautiful collective goal. But at least we are heading in the right direction… However, there were still […]

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National Post: Canadian iTunes ‘on Steve Jobs’ radar’

Monday, June 21st, 2004 • 5:26 am

Encouraging news for Canadians, who saw Apple launch its iTunes Music Store in some European countries a month ago, without a word about a Canadian store. Canada’s National Post has an interview with EMI Music vice-chairman and North American chief executive David Munns, in which he’s quoted as saying: “I saw Steve Jobs [last week] […]

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Word 2004: Bug with ‘etc.’ in French spelling engine still not fixed

Monday, June 21st, 2004 • 4:01 am

For this one, Microsoft doesn’t have the excuse that the bug is difficult to reproduce. It’s a 100% reproducible bug. It happens every time the French spell checker encounters the word etc. in a Word document. As I’ve reported before (about Word X), every time Word’s French spell checker encounters the word etc., it stops […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group A, Day 3

Monday, June 21st, 2004 • 12:27 am

A decent day in the competition, with Portugal getting the all-important win against Spain (their first in ages) that sees them through to the quarter-finals, and Greece qualifying ahead of Spain in spite of their defeat 1-2 against the Russians, because, all other things with Spain being equal (one win, one draw, one loss each; […]

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Word 2004: Still doesn’t support Mac OS X window management properly

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 11:06 pm

In Word 2004, Microsoft hasn’t fixed any of the problems in Word X regarding window management. If you are in another application and want to close a Word document window without bringing Word to the foreground, you can’t — even if the document is in a saved state and Word doesn’t need user input (“Do […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group D, Day 2

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 10:47 pm

I must admit that we fast-forwarded through most of yesterday’s games. There is only so much football that you can watch… and when none of the teams in the group are particularly inspiring (with the possible exception of the Czech Republic), well, you take the opportunity to do something else with your time. Still, it […]

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Panther freezes: It’s not the screen saver

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 10:34 pm

A few years ago, I speculated that my on-going problem with system-wide freezes in Panther might be in part due to a problem with the built-in screen saver software itself. I then said I would turn the screen saver software off entirely and see what happens. Well, within two days I got evidence that I […]

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Word 2004: New bug with blinking I-beam cursor

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 5:16 am

Word 2004 introduces a new bug that didn’t exist in previous versions of the program. Sometimes when editing text, if you use the Left and Right cursor keys (with or without modifier keys such as the command key or the option key) to move the blinking cursor (a.k.a. I-beam cursor), the cursor will disappear and […]

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Word 2004: No default button in ‘New Style’ dialog box

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 3:41 am

In my critique of Word 2004’s “New Style” dialog box (all of which, by the way, also applies to the “Modify Style” dialog box, which is the same) in the previous post, I forgot to mention one big glaring flaw. Take a look at this: Yup. It’s a dialog box with “OK” and “Cancel” buttons, […]

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Word 2004: Formatting settings in style definition changed when moving styles around with Organizer

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 1:13 am

This one is another one that irritates me to no end. I work as a translator and make full use of Word’s multilingual capabilities. More specifically, I have templates and styles that use the “English (US)“, “English (UK)“, “French“, and “French Canadian” language settings. (I am still waiting for Microsoft to finally acknowledge the existence […]

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Word 2004: Remaining flaws in style definition process

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 • 12:52 am

In Word 2004, Microsoft has tried to improve the user experience when it comes to creating new styles and editing and using existing styles. In typical Microsoft fashion, however, they have done little more than to add a coat of paint to the existing interface, and the end result doesn’t bring much real improvement in […]

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Euro 2004: First Round, Group C, Day 2

Friday, June 18th, 2004 • 11:23 am

The Italy – Sweden game was brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1-1 draw that was that exciting. It pretty much had everything, from Italy’s superb performance in the first half to the embarrassing misses by Vieri to the questionable tactics of the Italian coach, who went for defensive play too early into […]

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