Articles posted in September, 2008

No more open registration

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 • 10:40 am

Either I am desperately unlucky or WordPress has some pretty serious security issues. You might remember that, a while ago, my site was hacked. That prompted me to update to the latest version of WordPress at the time, and to temporarily shut down the discussion features, including the ability for new users to register themselves […]

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Pages 3.0: What needs to be fixed

Friday, September 19th, 2008 • 6:00 pm

Now that iWork ’08 has been out for over a year, it is time to take stock and review the main outstanding issues with Pages 3.0 that prevent it from really being used as a substitute for Microsoft Word in almost all situations—at least as far as I am concerned. What follows is a list […]

More » The art of wasting people’s time

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 • 7:10 pm

It really is mind-boggling. Bell Canada Entreprises (BCE) is the leading telecommunications company here in Canada. Due to long-standing monopoly or near-monopoly conditions in many parts of the country, including my little corner of the woods, I have little choice but to be one of their customers. For example, they are the only wireless provider […]

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Word 2008: Shading hides paragraph mark selection highlighting

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 • 2:16 pm

Take the following situation: This Word 2008 document window contains a couple of paragraphs with some shading, followed by a paragraph without shading. The paragraph marks are visible. The cursor is positioned at the beginning of the empty second paragraph, just before that paragraph’s mark. The paragraphs also have 12 points of vertical “space after,” […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: Still offering a miserable user experience when delivering mail fails

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 • 11:00 am

There’s one small thing about the real world out there that Apple’s software designers seem to have a hard time understanding: sometimes servers fail. They become temporarily inaccessible. A racoon eats through an optic fibre cable. Lightning strikes. In other words, shit happens. Unfortunately, this means that, when shit does happen, Apple’s software offers, well, […]

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LATEXT: ‘Anna’ (MP3, 06:00)

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 • 11:33 am

“Anna” (MP3 file – 160 kbps – size: 6.9 MB – duration: 06:00) More LATEXT music here.

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