Articles posted in February, 2005

Pages: ‘Save As’ and ‘Export’ commands using the same ‘Save As’ dialog box

Monday, February 28th, 2005 • 6:31 am

I suspect that many Pages users will be using Pages’ ability to export documents in the Microsoft Word format on a regular basis. Maybe Apple should provide these users with the option to save in the Microsoft Word format by default. I don’t know. Obviously Apple chose not to offer this option. If you want […]

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LATEXT: ‘Moving Shadows’ (MP3, 06:54)

Sunday, February 27th, 2005 • 1:48 am

Well, I’ve been fooling around with GarageBand for a while now… Time to post some of the results! “Moving Shadows” (MP3 file – 160 kbps – size: 7.9 MB – duration: 06:54) Feel free to comment on it below :).

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EPL 2005: Day 28 (Southampton 1 – Arsenal 1)

Saturday, February 26th, 2005 • 6:54 am

This is becoming quite painful to watch. At least van Persie has the excuse of his youth and inexperience. But Lehmann? What on earth was he thinking when he came out for that corner? Peter Crouch’s height is pretty much the only threat that he presents as a striker… He doesn’t even have to jump […]

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GarageBand 2 and other iApps: Single-window interface problems still not solved

Friday, February 25th, 2005 • 12:57 am

A while back, I wrote about the problems with the single-window interface used in GarageBand. In a nutshell, one fundamental problem is that GarageBand still uses the “document window” paradigm — complete with Close, Minimize, and Maximize buttons in the window’s title bar and with a “Window” menu in the menu bar — even though […]

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New iPods: No more FireWire? Camera Connector?

Thursday, February 24th, 2005 • 9:34 am

This strikes me as quite weird. According to iPodLounge, the new iPods recently announced by Apple only include a USB 2.0 cable (and a USB Power Adapter). This means that people with Macs that don’t have USB 2.0 ports have to purchase a FireWire cable separately. It’s rather insulting to owners of older Macs on […]

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Excel 2004: Saving as a tab-delimited text file

Thursday, February 24th, 2005 • 5:28 am

Only Microsoft can come up with such a confusing interface. Use Excel 2004 to create a sheet of data. Then try to save this sheet as a tab-delimited text file (so that you can include the data in an e-mail message, for example). Here’s what happens. First, you use the “Save as…” command in the […]

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Champions’ League: Bayern Munich 3 – Arsenal 1

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005 • 6:09 am

This was definitely one of the worst Arsenal performances in recent memory. The Gunners simply failed to create anything, and were really fortunate to get that away goal near the end. Still, it only barely keeps them alive in the tie. They now need to score at least twice at Highbury in 14 days and […]

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Running Adobe CS applications from a partition other than the startup volume

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 • 7:36 am

Until today, I thought that it was impossible to run Adobe CS applications such as Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, etc. from a partition other than the startup volume. The reason for this was that, each time I had to reinstall my Mac OS X system, if I tried to launch an Adobe CS application that was located […]

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FA Cup: 5th Round (Arsenal 1 – Sheffield United 1 and Newcastle 1 – Chelsea 0)

Sunday, February 20th, 2005 • 5:48 am

What a crazy week-end of FA Cup football! First, there was the rather mysterious red card against Bergkamp at Highbury. Sure, Dennis gave the Sheffield United player a bit of a push on the chest — but a red card for this? It was a yellow card offense at worst. I don’t particularly enjoy these […]

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FTP software: Transmit vs. Interarchy

Friday, February 18th, 2005 • 2:21 am

It’s funny how you get used to a particular interface. Back in 2000, when I made the transition to Mac OS X, I had to find an FTP application to replace my trusty old Fetch application, which was Classic-only at the time. I experimented with various freeware and shareware applications that were available at the […]

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Internet connection failure: Sometimes it’s the PRAM

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 • 9:45 am

I had the weirdest experience in a while this morning. I started the iLife ’05 installer and had to leave my office, so I left it on, assuming it would just complete the installation by itself. I had to give a training session at the university 15 km from here — and during the training […]

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Adobe Creative Suite Premium: The crappiest installer

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 • 9:34 am

For some reason, I have had to install Adobe’s Creative Suite (Premium Edition) quite a few times lately. And I just cannot believe how bad the installer is. It’s on two CDs, but even if you only want to install a component that’s on the second CD, you have to launch the installer on the […]

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Pages: Can’t choose on which side the Styles drawer pops out

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 • 8:13 am

This is a problem that is not unique to Pages, but has been there in various Apple-made Mac OS X applications since the very beginning. In a nutshell, the question is: How does the user control on which side of the main document window the Styles drawer will pop out? The answer is: Not easily. […]

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EPL 2005: Day 27 (Arsenal 5 – Crystal Palace 1)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 • 2:09 am

At some point during this game, one of the commentators wondered why some of the Gunners looked so “upset”, even after the game was already well and truly won. I suspect that the answer is really quite simple: The Gunners were not angry at Crystal Palace (although this return fixture probably did bring back memories […]

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Word 2004: Spell checker warning regarding ‘no proofing’ text

Sunday, February 13th, 2005 • 6:25 am

This one is a perfect illustration of how sloppy Microsoft are in their software development process. As you know, Microsoft Word is a multilingual word processor. Its “Tools” menu includes a “Language…” command that lets you specify the language in which the text you are writing is. While this is not immediately apparent from the […]

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