Convert DOCX To DOC On A Mac (OSX)

One of the developments of Microsoft Office 2007 was the introduction of the Office Open XML file format for Word Documents (extension is .docx), presentations etc. One of my clients has apparently upgraded in recent days as the new attachments I receive are all .docx, unreadable on the Mac in Office 2004, OpenOffice, any way…

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Keeping The XP Machine Rolling

It looks like HP and Dell are going to continue shipping XP machines well past the June 30 expiry date, both manufacturers making use of “downgrade rights” offered as part of the Windows Vista license agreement. While new XP orders will phase out from mid-June this year, new customers will be able to pick up…

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Antitrust To Cost Microsoft Another €899m

Four years ago Microsoft were fined €497m (as in million) by the European Commission, the company at the time ordered to release key parts of it’s Windows code to other developers. In 2006, the company were fined a further €280m. Today it emerges they’ve been stung for a staggering (in lay mans terms) sum of…

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Failed To Locate Reason Engine, Exiting

If you’re having problems accessing Reason 3.0.5 on an Intel Mac after installation and you’re getting the message “failed to locate reason engine, exiting”, every time you try to launch, the likely reason is that your ReWire folder has been set to read only. You’ll need to change the permissions on the folder to “Read…

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Remote Desktop Mac To PC (Windows)

I picked up the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac last week and immediately thought ‘where have you been all my life’. Connecting to the PC (or any number of PC’s) is a breeze, entering the machine name or IP address on the network, you’re pretty much good to go. The majority of my…

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Beta Release Of Vista Service Pack 1? Full Release November?

It looks possible that next week will see the beta release of the long-awaited Windows Vista Service Pack 1. I know I certainly won’t be downloading it anyway as a) my beta copy of Vista kicked the bucket about two weeks ago (or possibly before that, its been a while since I booted into Vista)…

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Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update – Wha?

There’s something I wasn’t expecting to see – another update to OSX before the release of Leopard later this year. Not only that but the 50 meg update (10.4.10) brings up version ten of my preferred OS. There’s improvements made in the handling and mounting of external USB drives, new RAW support for Leica users…

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Getting OSX In Your Pocket (Before the iPhone)

If you’re an owner of a Sony Vaio UX then you’re in for a treat as the handheld-pocket-fitting device will now run a copy of OSX thanks to some tasty modifications (nothing dangerous). Not only is it possible, but there’s a full picture-heavy tutorial on how to get the job done as well. Nice one.

And So We Wait For Leopard

Daw mentioned it yesterday in a blog post and I hadn’t heard anything else online until digging about this morning. Disappointingly, Leopard (Mac OS 10.5) has been postponed until October, to coincide with the release of the iPhone. According to Cellphones etc. The main reason for the delay is that Apple had to reassign key…

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