Articles posted in May, 2011

Word 5.1 Nostalgia: I don’t get it

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 • 10:05 am

There are multiple examples of Microsoft Word 5.1 nostalgia on the web. For various reasons, many Mac users have come to believe that Microsoft Word 5.1 was the last great word processor for the Mac, that it was a near-perfect product and that it’s been all downhill from there. The latest example comes from Forkbombr […]

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Customizing Pages ’09: Keyboard Maestro palettes

Monday, May 16th, 2011 • 6:19 pm

After reading my recent post about using DragThing to further customize my Pages ’09 work environment by adding an application-specific dock that would function as a floating palette and provide buttons to execute run-only versions of the AppleScript scripts that I also use in combination with Keyboard Maestro to have convenient keyboard shortcuts for common actions, […]

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Word 2011: Video evidence of poor performance

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 • 3:15 pm

It’s not always easy to describe what makes Microsoft Word for Mac OS X such a slow application with a poor level of performance, even on a fairly fast machine. Today, I offer two short video clips shot on my own machine, a 2009 Mac Pro with 16 (!) virtual cores and 12 GB of RAM, […]

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BBEdit: Adjusting soft wrap behaviour on a per-language basis

Friday, May 6th, 2011 • 11:40 am

Following my earlier post, I got some feedback that led me to explore the issue further. And I have found out about a couple of things that can help improve the situation. One is that, while there is a default application-wide setting (for new files) for soft wrapping in BBEdit’s preferences dialog box, there is […]

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BBEdit: Needs improved behaviour and better interface for soft wrap

Friday, May 6th, 2011 • 10:08 am

On Easter Sunday a couple of weeks ago, I backed up a couple of small MySQL databases that I administer online. I then proceeded to try and open one of the MySQL dumps in my text editor of choice, i.e. BBEdit, because I just wanted to quickly scan its contents to make sure everything was […]

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