Articles posted in November, 2004

Excel 2004: Still no proper support for font smoothing

Friday, November 12th, 2004 • 4:40 am

Unlike Word 2004, which supports Quartz font smoothing in most areas of its interface, Excel 2004 still does not support the technology properly. Whenever you try to edit a table cell, for example, you get something like this: I realize that my preferred selection highlighting colour is a bit darker than the default shades suggested […]

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Major server problems

Friday, November 12th, 2004 • 1:06 am

I am currently experiencing major server problems. On an almost daily basis now, my provider says that there is something in my blogging system that keeps monopolizing server resources, to the tune of 80% or more of CPU power (which is obviously unacceptable for my provider, who hosts many different customers on his server). We […]

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Word 2004 Bug: Paragraph spacing not maintained when pasting table cell

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 • 6:49 am

Take a look at the picture below: The first cell in the second row contains 6 paragraphs of text, where the first paragraph has 6 pts of “Space Before” and the last one has 6 pts of “Space After”. All the other paragraphs have 0 pts of “Space Before” and “Space After”. If I copy […]

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Political genius

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 • 11:54 pm

Direct quote from The Proteus Operation by James P. Hogan (1985): “The root of genius lie in the ability to make decisions, the will to stand by them and act in the face of adversity, and the nerve to see the action through unswervingly to its completion.” Sounds familiar? Guess which character actually utters these […]

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Comment form disabled for now

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 • 6:12 am

I am afraid I have had to disable the comment form, which means that you won’t be able to submit comments. Apparently, something in my blog has been monopolizing over 80 percent of the processing power of my host’s server, and my host is not happy about it. The host reports that he’s getting a […]

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Blog spam: Those bloody Russians

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 • 1:57 am

Those bloody subscribers are starting to get on my nerves. Almost every day now, I get new member registrations from people with names such as “khadbz” and e-mail addresses such as Now, I am always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt — but in this case I think it’s pretty […]

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Four more years

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 • 9:40 am

Well, it had to happen, didn’t it? There were obviously (just) enough paranoid crazies in America to elect George W. Bush and his clique for a second term. For most of the international community, it’s going to be four more years of constant head shaking in disbelief each time this administration does or says something, […]

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Champions’ League: Arsenal 1 – Panathinaikos 1

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 • 12:57 am

Arsenal are obviously in a bit of a slump, and the injuries to Sol Campbell and Gilberto are not helping. The defeat at Manchester United 10 days ago has obviously hurt the team, and they badly need a convincing victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday to restore their own confidence and the confidence of their […]

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DataViz’s MacLinkPlus Deluxe 15: Beyond pathetic

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 • 12:14 am

Last year, I wrote a review of MacLinkPlus Deluxe 14 for In this review, I lamented the fact that the application still didn’t support long file names (i.e. file names longer than 31 characters) properly, and that the new, revamped interface was both rather non-intuitive and esthetically challenged. I also know for a fact […]

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Word 2004 Bug: Change in ‘Highlight Changes’ dialog doesn’t stick

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 • 9:31 am

I have a Word document from somebody else for which I need to use Word’s “Track Changes” feature. So I go to the “Highlight Changes” dialog box and do what I usually do, which is to check the “Track changes while editing” option and uncheck the “Highlight changes in printed document” option. I edit the […]

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EPL 2005: Day 11 (Arsenal 2 – Southampton 2)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 • 2:51 am

Unfortunately, this game was not televised here in Canada, so all we got were the highlights shown last night on Fox Sports World Canada. Contrary to the impression I got from reading Wenger’s comments after the game, it looks like it was actually a fairly decent game, and that Southampton had to rely on an […]

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Mac OS X’s built-in applications: No room for the third-party competitors?

Monday, November 1st, 2004 • 6:17 am

With Mac OS X, Apple has been providing a variety of basic office management tools, most notably iCal for calendar events/appointments, and Address Book for contact information management. Apple has also made the data recorded by these tools available to third-party applications. For example, we now have a variety of third-party tools that let us […]

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