Articles posted in November, 2012

iTunes 11: Can no longer open playlists in separate windows

Friday, November 30th, 2012 • 11:20 pm

This one is a major disappointment for me: As far as I can tell, it’s no longer possible to open anything in a separate window in iTunes 11 (except for that new “Downloads” window, of course). It used to be that you could double-click on a playlist’s icon in the source list/sidebar to force iTunes […]

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iTunes 11: Now comes with a separate ‘Downloads’ window

Friday, November 30th, 2012 • 11:11 pm

Very interesting. Having a separate “Downloads” window is apparently too complicated and not user-friendly enough for Safari, but it’s a perfectly good idea to add one to iTunes: Sometimes you really do wonder whether there’s anyone over there who cares about consistency.

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iTunes 11: Column Browser bug and limitations

Friday, November 30th, 2012 • 3:42 pm

Here’s the first glitch I’ve encountered in iTunes 11 on my Mac Pro: When the sidebar is visible (“View › Show Sidebar”) and the source is a specific playlist rather than the default “Music”, the “Column Browser” submenu is greyed out and inaccessible. If the sidebar is hidden and the source is a specific playlist, […]

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Really Smart Paste: Keyboard Maestro and BBEdit to fix copied text from on-line database and other sources

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 • 11:02 am

As a professional translator in Canada, I am constantly referring to the TERMIUM database, which became accessible free-of-charge a couple of years ago as part of the Language Portal of Canada. One thing I do not like when using on-line databases, however, is having to retype things. Whenever I have to look up a term, […]

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Jeffrey Toobin’s profile of Elizabeth Warren in The New Yorker

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 • 9:22 am

I know it’s old news, but I came across this sentence this morning: So, apparently, Mr. Toobin’s astonishing journalistic skills include the ability to spot future US senators when they are six or seven years old and interview them right there on the spot. Given that Mr. Toobin was born in 1960 and that Elizabeth […]

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Mountain Lion: Extra zeros when editing date field in Numbers ’09

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 • 5:39 pm

Ever since I upgraded to Mountain Lion (at least I think that’s when it started), I’ve been experiencing this weird glitch in Numbers ’09, with table cells that are formatted using a yyyy/mm/dd date format. The cell looks OK when I select it: But then as soon as I enter it to edit it, I get […]

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Lion/Mountain Lion’s Mail: Workaround for removing attachments from sent messages

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 • 9:28 am

In Lion (OS X 10.7) and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), Mail has a bug that, for certain types of e-mail accounts at least, causes the application to fail to identify sent messages containing attachments as such. The paperclip icon never appears in the message list, and the “Remove Attachments” command is greyed out, even […]

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Pages ’12: Top 3 list of improvements

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 • 3:04 pm

Pages ’12 obviously does not exist at this point in time. There have been no news about a new version of the iWork suite for OS X in years, and for all we know we might not get a significant update for another two or three years. Yes, the situation is that depressing. This cannot stop […]

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Word 2011: Canadian French language imposes new French spelling

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 • 4:01 pm

As far as I can tell from the way Word 2011 runs on my machine, Microsoft’s Mac Office developers have once again demonstrated their crass ignorance of foreign language issues. Since 1990, there are two alternate spellings in French, the “traditional” one and the “rectified” or “new” spelling. The changes introduced in the new spelling affect […]

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iCloud headaches

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 • 9:09 am

I don’t know about this iCloud thing. I really don’t know… I was away on a business trip earlier this week and had taken my iPad along. While browsing in Safari with the iPad, I noticed that my bookmarks bar contained two copies of a folder that I call “My Sites”, which contains bookmarks for […]

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