Articles posted in July, 2004

GarageBand Export to iTunes command: cuts off echo at end of song

Friday, July 30th, 2004 • 6:43 am

If you have a GarageBand composition that you want to save as a sound file, the only way to do it is to use the “Export to iTunes” command, which is not customizable and gives you no choice but to add the sound file to your iTunes library as an AIFF recording. It would be […]

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Backup 2.0: Troubleshooting a partial backup failure

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 • 5:14 am

I’ve written about Apple’s Backup application before. It’s one of the things you get as part of the .Mac package. I’ve discussed the reliability problems with version 1.x and version 2.0.0. Most of these problems have been fixed in the latest update (version 2.0.2). Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that using the application is trouble-free. There […]

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Multimedia Mac: Music in the office

Monday, July 26th, 2004 • 4:38 am

I am enjoying some time off work right now, and this has given me an opportunity to explore certain things that had been on the back of my mind for quite a while. One of them was that, when we purchased a new receiver with a PVR option for our satellite TV service ( last […]

More »’s Mac Skeptic on getting Tiger-like tools today

Sunday, July 25th, 2004 • 12:29 am

Rebecca Freed,’s “Mac Skeptic” columnist, has an article dated July 23, 2004 entitled “Jump on Tiger’s Tools” on how you can get today software that allows you to approximate some of the features that will be included in Tiger when it comes out (next year). Well, get this: the article doesn’t even mention LaunchBar! […]

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EPL: Arsenal and Vieira

Friday, July 23rd, 2004 • 7:33 am

This time, it’s starting to look like Vieira is going to be lured by the Spanish sirens of Real Madrid after all. Nothing is done yet, but the signs are there: Arsène Wenger saying that it’s “up to Patrick Vieira“; Arsenal is buying and chasing midfielders; Arsenal is buying more players than they said they […]

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pMachine: Stripping HTML tags in window titles

Friday, July 23rd, 2004 • 7:19 am

A while ago, I wrote about my (relative) confusion with the use of the cite tag and other tags typically used to quote excerpts from books, cite movie titles, etc. One of my problems is that I want to use such tags in my blog entry titles (when citing a movie title, for example). The […]

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LATEXT: « Les corps sages » et « Rumeur »

Friday, July 23rd, 2004 • 4:48 am

Deux nouveaux textes (en français) ont été ajoutés au site LATEXT : « Les corps sages » « Rumeur » (avec illustrations).

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Rolling Stone RSS feed now working properly

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 • 7:52 am

Don’t know when it happened exactly (some time in the past few weeks), but the RSS feed for music news from Rolling Stone magazine is now working properly. Since I wrote about it not working a couple of months ago, I thought I would provide an update. The RSS feeds for the CD Reviews is […]

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Entre « ce qui » et « ce qu’il »

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 • 7:00 am

Petite question qui me taraudait depuis pas mal de temps et à laquelle je crois avoir enfin trouvé la réponse… Dans une proposition relative, avec les verbes impersonnels (il faut, il importe, il plaît, mais aussi il reste, il manque, il arrive, etc.), faut-il utiliser ce qui ou ce qu’il? Par exemple, la question est […]

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The Register: ‘Excel at my DNA’

Friday, July 16th, 2004 • 5:34 am

A reader was kind enough to forward this link to me. Apparently, a flaw in Microsoft Excel is causing errors in genetic research… Interestingly, the problem is not a bug, but one of these automatic behaviours that are always turned on by default in Microsoft software, much to the dismay of the vast majority of […]

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Agnès Jaoui, Le goût des autres (2000)

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 • 10:49 pm

Bon petit film qui réussit — ce qui n’est pas rien — à nous attacher aux divers personnages, dans toute leur inconséquence. Ce qui je trouve particulièrement réussi, c’est le foisonnement de petites intrigues parallèles. L’intrigue centrale est évidemment celle qui concerne Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) et Clara (Anne Alvaro), mais le film a le mérite […]

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City Pages on Minneapolis in the 1970s – the ‘school of funk’

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 • 10:16 pm

Twin Cities weekly City Pages has a great article titled “School of Funk” about the music scene in Minneapolis in the 1970s, which brought us Prince, The Time, the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis songwriting/production team, etc. It really is a great piece of writing.

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Panther: Not so clever about conflicting keyboard shortcuts

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 • 6:21 am

Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) has this terrific feature in the “Keyboard” control pane in System Preferences that lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to specific commands in specific applications. Today I went to add a keyboard shortcut for the “Get CD Track Names” command in iTunes. This command is only available through the “Advanced” menu, […]

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iTunes Music Store: Wrong character encoding in ‘New Music Tuesdays’ e-mails

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 • 4:02 am

Even though the iTunes Music Store is not yet available in Canada, I am subscribed to the store’s “New Music Tuesdays,” just so that I can keep an eye on what’s getting added to the store. Since the iTMS is a Mac-first service and the mailing list is distributed by e-mail to Mac users running […]

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AppleScript: Trying to bring one Safari window to the front without bringing all Safari windows to the front

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 • 11:35 pm

I have a fairly simple problem. I use Safari to view a variety of web pages that I read right away or that I leave open in Safari in order to read them later. And I also use Safari to access a terminology database called TERMIUM that I need for my translation work. When I […]

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