Archive for October 3, 2002

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Celtics Don’t Sign Best

From the Globe:

Best said O’Brien told him he was comfortable going with the three guards he had if Best didn't join them. “I said, ‘Fine,’ but that’s not very appetizing in my eyes,” said Best.

Too bad—Best is just what they need, and much cheaper than Anderson. Do they really want Delk to start against Kidd next June?

MDJ on Internet Config

MDJ 2002.10.02 includes a great article on Internet Config:

Internet Config already contained a complete and useful mapping of file name extensions to creator types, completely capable of mapping almost any file you’d need to send to a Windows machine, and yet Apple’s management wouldn’t even consider using it instead of forcing file name extension on every program, no matter how grossly inappropriate they may be. You do not need Omni Outliner [sic] documents to end in “.ooutline” because there is no Windows version to exchange files with. You definitely don’t need your AirPort Admin settings saved in “.basestation” files. Amazingly, Apple recommends with a straight corporate face that you should search for AppleWorks files by searching for files with the extension “.cwk”, as in “ClarisWorks,” saying that file type “is not an accurate way to search for files,” even though that’s only true because Apple told programmers to make it that way.…Or maybe not: since Internet Config so clearly disproves the NeXT notion that file system metadata must be eliminated, Apple may be deliberately deemphasizing the technology.

Moving Open Files

With OS 9 and earlier versions of OS X, I could download a file to the desktop and move it to another folder before the download had completed. With Jaguar, the Finder complains that another task is using the file. This is annoying, especially since I often used it to avoid OS X’s clumsy save dialogs.

StuffIt Expander 7

Today marks the third time in the last week that StuffIt Expander 7 has failed to decode an encoded file. The first two were MacBinary files; this one was the BinHex file for the Toast Titanium 5.2 updater. In all three cases, Expander would simply ignore the file. I made an expander 6.5 drop box using StuffIt Express PE, which had no trouble decoding any of the three files. Update: downloading the newer version of StuffIt Expander, which has the same version number, fixes the problem. Update 2: apparently Expander 7 is also flaky on OS 9.