Articles posted in January, 2005

EPL 2005: Day 23 (Bolton 1 – Arsenal 0)

Sunday, January 16th, 2005 • 1:42 am

I don’t know how Manchester United supporters feel about this, but to me the season is pretty much over. It’s not just that 10 points is an insurmountable lead. (Mathematically, it isn’t, but it’s hard to imagine Chelsea dropping so many points and Arsenal and Manchester United not dropping any.) It is the manner in […]

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Mac mini controversy

Thursday, January 13th, 2005 • 7:18 am

There have been various people in the past couple of days ranting about Apple and the Mac mini and how the new product is a major mistake on Apple’s part. This includes Bill Palmer, Jack Kapica for The Globe And Mail, and Seth Jayson for The Motley Fool. They do have some valid points, including […]

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Word 2004: How to add shading (colour) to a table cell

Thursday, January 13th, 2005 • 3:03 am

This is another one of those brain-dead interface schemes in Microsoft Word. I had this document authored by someone else that contained a table in which one of the cells had a yellow background, presumably in order to make it stand out. So I went about doing the same to my table in my own […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS 11.0.2 Update: Incredible but true

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 • 8:40 am

I downloaded this Illustrator update a while ago, but only got around to installing it today. (NOTE: This link doesn’t work with Safari. You need to use another browser such as Camino instead.) I double-clicked on the .dmg file that I had downloaded, and Mac OS X dutifully mounted the disk image. Of course, I […]

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Word 2004: The unpredictability of automatic numbering

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 • 12:41 am

As a translator, I frequently have to work on existing electronic documents created by other people. This makes me particularly sensitive to issues such as automatic formatting, styles, etc. If something is not formatted “properly”, i.e. is formatted using manual formatting and other features whose behaviour is more or less unpredictable, then editing the document […]

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Macworld San Francisco 2005

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005 • 8:49 am

Wow. This must be the first expo on record where all the rumours are confirmed true :). iPod shuffle — Not for me (I want to be in control of what music I listen to), but I imagine there is a definite market for a super-small iPod with absolutely no mechanical parts. Looks super-sleek as […]

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Spell Catcher X 10.2 is out

Monday, January 10th, 2005 • 8:54 am

The latest version of Rainmaker Inc.’s Spell Catcher X is out. As usual, it’s a vital upgrade, full of improvements and tweaks. I am still a beta tester for the product and, as such, I have been able to test the reliability and usefulness of the application over the past few months. It is, as […]

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Office 2004: Interface for password protection extremely poor

Friday, January 7th, 2005 • 5:52 am

If you’ve ever tried to protect a Word or Excel document with a password, you are probably already aware of how confusing the interface is. It probably is a perfect illustration of how poorly designed Microsoft’s software is. To begin with, the interface is not the same whether you are in Word or in Excel. […]

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InDesign: Zoom and current selection

Thursday, January 6th, 2005 • 5:25 am

I don’t know about other InDesign users, but I get caught all the time… I am working on a multi-page InDesign document. I go to page X to make a change. The change involves selecting something, and possibly switching to the text tool to type some text. Then when the change is made I use […]

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Word 2004: ‘Page Down’ in Page Layout view mode causes vertical offset

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 • 7:47 am

I normally work on my Word documents in “Normal” view mode — simply because the software’s performance levels are so poor that even this mode, which is supposed to be the fastest, is barely usable. (Just how does Microsoft get away with such poor performance in its products?) Then when I am close to being […]

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Word 2004: The difference between a manual page break and a manual section break

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 • 2:41 am

In a Word document, type a phrase, and then apply the “Heading 1” style to it. Then place your cursor (insertion point) at the very beginning of that paragraph and insert a manual page break. The manual page break will have the same style as the paragraph following it, i.e. “Heading 1“. Then place your […]

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EPL 2005: Day 22 (Arsenal 1 – Manchester City 1 and Manchester United 0 – Tottenham 0)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 • 2:12 am

Well, it had to happen sooner or later… No team without unlimited funds and squad replacements can be expected to sustain a never-ending winning run. The Arsenal game wasn’t televised here in Canada, but it sounds like the Arsenal squad that was available on that day didn’t do much wrong. They conceded a stunning goal […]

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Buggy Holidays

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 • 1:23 am

In case this wasn’t clear from the lack of posts lately, I did try to take some time off during the festive season. As someone who uses technology for both work and play, however, I must say I find it increasingly difficult to keep away from one of my main forms of professional activity, i.e. […]

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EPL 2005: Day 21 (Charlton 1 – Arsenal 3)

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005 • 3:30 am

There were really reasons to be hopeful on this day as an Arsenal fan. Earlier in the afternoon, Chelsea faced a difficult trip to Anfield, which might see them drop points for the first time since the draw at Highbury, and give the Gunners additional motivation to try and catch up with them. Unfortunately, Chelsea […]

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