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Friday 23 Aug 2002

The NewsLog of Flemming Funch
 Friday 23 Aug 20022002-08-24 01:39
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I will try to do more postings where I gather different things together. More like what little tidbits I run into in a day. Even though I made this piece of software myself, I'm sort of missing something that makes that easy, so I'm going to experiment a little, and maybe add some features. I'm looking for a natural way of posting little items without it having to be any full article or anything. Just like in some other weblogs.

A mainstream columnist I always respect is Thomas Friedman. Like, here's a piece from New York Times about the Palestinian situation. However much I think Israel is out of control, it is of course very curious why Arafat rejected the best offer that was ever on the table a few years ago, leading to the much worse situation right now.

U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich is on the cover of Whole Life Times. "Visionary Congressman" is the title. He's the one who introduced a bill calling for a Department of Peace. Very sensible guy. Eh, maybe the only sensible person in the U.S. Congress that I'm aware of.

My next New Civilization Salon is scheduled for Friday 9/13 in L.A. It is always a fun gathering of fascinating people who're making a difference. It will again be at Malibu Phoenix in Malibu.

Based on a glowing recommendation from Frankie Lee Slater I signed up for a "Beyond the Matrix" workshop with Al Joy next weekend. I don't know what exactly to expect, but I could really use some transformational jolt right now.

Apple Mac OSX version 10.2, codenamed "Jaguar", is being released here at midnight under much fanfare. My copy should arrive Monday. I think I'm going to switch back to Mac for my main machine rather soon. OSX is the best of all worlds.


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24 Aug 2002 @ 12:15 by vaxen : Hi flemming...
"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II  


24 Aug 2002 @ 23:13 by scottj : I've been running OSX for nearly
a year now and it really is the best there is. The only down side for me is the lack of support from peripheral manufacturers who are dragging their heels and also some networking problems. I end up having to use OS9 on occasion because of some 3rd party software / hardware OSX problems.  


25 Aug 2002 @ 00:56 by ming : OSX
I run OSX on my laptop, and I just set up an iMac with OSX at my Mom's in Denmark. I had been holding out because I wasn't sure I had everything I needed for work, like good editors and SSH and ftp clients. I still haven't found a program editor I like for OSX, but I'd probably be ready to switch soon anyway, because there are so many other plusses.  


25 Aug 2002 @ 01:28 by scottj : Editors....
Maybe there's a program editor out there that makes use of the capabilities of Apple script?

I don't know anything about program editors myself but I use a straight forward text editor called TexEdit for word processing which makes great use of Apple script. For my needs, which stretch as far as doing some marginally complicated find and replace tasks, I don't need to expand much on what is already there but I can certainly see the possibilities in terms of configuring to ones own requirements.  



25 Aug 2002 @ 11:47 by ming : Editing
On Windows I use {link:http://www.ultraedit.com/|UltraEdit}. The capabilities I like are simple, but important to me. I often have 20 or more documents open at the same time. It is a mess if they're all separate windows scattered around the screen. I need them to be tabbed, or some other scheme that makes it easy to get around in them. And when I write a program the various sections are indented. I indent things 3 spaces. If the last line was indented, I'd like it to automatically start the next line in the same place. And I'd like it not to use tabs for that, as a mix of spaces and tabs gets really messy. Those two features is pretty much what I'm asking for. BBEdit, despite having a zillion features, can't do the first as far as I can see, and it does the second rather badly. Sure, maybe I can supplement things with AppleScript, I haven't pursued that much.  


25 Aug 2002 @ 13:26 by scottj : Editing and Keyboard Maestro
Possibly this TexEdit could work for you:

Many windows: I don't use Windoze at all but in Text edit you have a menu option called Window (funnily enough) which lists all open windows (docs) plus Stack, Tile, Stack vertically, Tile horizontally. I often have a good few docs open at the same time and find this pretty quick. If you want it even faster I think you can set up a Turbo mouse to access the menu line anywhere on the screen.

Indents: The easiest way to do this I guess would be to write a short apple script with the required indent(s) (you could of course write several) and then assign the script to an F key. That would be snap.

Another absolute winner for OSX is a little piece of shareware called Keyboard Maestro. With this you can call up all your open progs by hitting a couple of keys, the default is Alt Tab. The list appears in the middle of the window and you scroll up and down with the Tab key. But the thing that is REALLY cool with Keyboard Maestro is you have an option to hide all windows except those in the active programme. This means you can have 20 windows open in 20 different progs but you only have a max of 20 on the screen at any one time. I use mostly Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and TexEdit and am continually shufflling between these apps and it is incredibly valuable to be able to hide all windows except the active app. Actually it is this feature and the way OSX handles memory (= no more worries about how many apps are open at a time and no more memory related crashes.) that has me using OSX

Here are the links to these two apps:

http://hometown.aol.com/tombb/index.html

http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/

BTW with TexEdit you have some neat scripts that come with which allow to convert text from Mac to Dos to Unix to HTML or whatever. They basically strip out all the appropriate hidden characters. I find this really useful downloading text from the net, a couple of clicks and you have nice clean text and you can fool around with the text flow as you wish. Same applies if you get a Word doc and you want to strip out all the hidden characters. The standard find and replace is used all the time to sort typos like double spaces, double carriage returns etc but needs to be used carefully.  



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