July 16, 2004
The simplified life.
Amidst the aforementioned hardware issues experienced earlier in the week, I actually managed to accomplish quite a few things without access to my usual complement of application preferences, archived email, and customized keyboard shortcuts. It’s funny how much faster a clean, unmodified system runs in comparison to one that has been tweaked and preened and retrofitted with all manner of software and terminal hackage originally intended to make your life more efficient. Or maybe it’s faster simply because the loaner you’re currently using has nearly quadruple the processing power of your regular box hummed away under it’s plastic hood. And speaking of being more efficient, one of those things I accomplished was sweating over a particularly stubborn AppleScript for use in Adobe InDesign. After smacking my head on the desk in frustration over the glaring lack of human-readable documentation of library changes between InDesign 2.x and CS, I had a honest to goodness ‘eureka’ moment. Not only does the revamped script work with both versions of InDesign now, I was also able to shave off a dozen lines of extraneous code in the process. Next up… writing a few scripts to rid Apple Mail of some aggravating limitations I’ve discovered while running it through it’s paces. It’s still no Claris Emailer, but it’s growing on me.
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