Articles posted in July, 2009

LATEXT: ‘Dicey Business’ (MP3, 05:12)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 • 9:45 am

“Dicey Business” (MP3 file – 160 kbps – size: 6.0 MB – duration: 05:12) More LATEXT music here.

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Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): More tips for drag-and-drop

Friday, July 17th, 2009 • 2:41 pm

Following my post about using command-Tab while dragging an object in Mac OS X, I have received more feedback about similar tips from Betalogue readers (thanks!) and have identified a couple more things myself. First of all, it should be noted that you can not only use command-Tab while dragging an item to switch to […]

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Slow Mail application: problem apparently solved

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 • 10:33 am

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote two blog posts about performance problems I was having with my Mail application in Mac OS X 10.5 and my large archive of over 100,000 messages. At the time, I reported that I was unable to complete one of the main troubleshooting steps involved in trying to eliminate […]

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Yet more on NVIDIA graphics card problem

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 • 10:16 am

After my latest post on the subject of my issues with my Mac Pro’s NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), I received yet more feedback from readers that I thought I should share. First of all, one reader noted that the simple fact of having taken the card out […]

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Mac OS X Tip: Use command-Tab while dragging an object

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 • 9:29 am

This is a tip that, in spite of my long experience with Mac OS X (or maybe because of it), I only became aware of recently, so I am thinking there might be other experienced users out there who might not be aware of it. It is particularly useful when you have lots of windows […]

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Word 2008: The case of the disappearing cursor

Monday, July 13th, 2009 • 5:36 pm

Do you ever get the impression that Microsoft Word 2008 is a flaky, unreliable Mac OS X application? Do you ever feel that the reason for this impression is something seemingly minor yet obvious that affects your interaction with the application at all times? Well, if so, I invite you to try the following experiment: […]

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Problem with NVIDIA graphics card: Solved?

Monday, July 13th, 2009 • 9:27 am

A month ago, I wrote about a problem I was having in Mac OS X where the entire UI would freeze (except for the mouse pointer) or windows in a specific application (typically Preview) would become scrambled. At the time, the console and crash reporter logs seemed to indicate that it was a problem related […]

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Pages ’09: Keep a list of your customized shortcuts handy

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 • 10:14 am

Apple’s Pages application has very limited keyboard shortcut customization abilities. The only shortcuts that you can assign within the application’s user interface are the F1 to F8 keys, and they can only be used for styles: Fortunately, Pages ’09, like most other well-behaved Mac OS X applications, also supports the system-wide keyboard shortcut customization feature provided […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: Problem with Envelope Index solved

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 • 1:38 pm

This is a follow-up to my post earlier this morning about the problems I had this morning with trying to rebuild my “Envelope Index” file for Mail. I have managed to solve the problem, with some prodding from a kind reader. I carefully monitored the reimporting process (i.e. rebuilding of the “Envelope Index” file) and […]

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Slow Mail application (continued)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 • 10:27 am

When I wrote about the new problems I was experiencing with Mac OS X’s Mail a few days ago, several readers chimed in to suggest that I try trashing the “Envelope Index” file in the “Mail” folder and force Mail to rebuild it. Long-time readers of this blog might remember that I am in fact […]

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