FrameMaker and the Kinesis Advantage Keyboard

Because of RSI, I use a Kinesis Advantage keyboard. I used the Microsoft ergonomic keyboards for a while, but I’d burn one out every year, and the membrane keys are a bit mushy. I went whole-hog and spent the money on the Kinesis, which I don’t regret at all, except for one thing: the function […]

Adjusting Mic volume from the command line in Windows

I spend a lot of time in meetings on a USB headset. I have a Windows computer. So every day, multiple times a day, here’s the drill: Plug in headset. Mic volume is a random number. Right-click Sound. Wait for the right click to register, because half the time it doesn’t, and the lag is […]

Removing the Adobe Update Installer from the Mac menu bar

So at some point, Adobe Creative Cloud added a second notification to the menu bar on my Mac. There’s already one that opens the CC app, and always sits in the menu bar. And everyone else wants something in the menu bar. But Adobe started showing this second icon, with a perpetual 1 next to […]

Making Yosemite Readable

I resisted the upgrade to Yosemite, even though I have a pretty new mid-2014 MacBook Pro, because I’d rather let someone else beta-test things before I upgrade. When I finally did upgrade, I noticed a problem: my eyes were killing me. ¬†Granted, I’ve put a few hundred thousand miles on my eyeballs over the last […]

Blank Markers in FrameMaker

Here’s a FrameMaker problem I had once on a 64-bit Windows machine. I don’t remember having it on my next Win7 machine, but I’ve seen it more than once. The problem: the marker symbols were missing. These are the little “T” symbols you normally see when you insert a cross-reference or an index marker. The […]

The FrameMaker Text Inset Header Problem

Here’s a FrameMaker thing that burns me once a year, usually a few hours before a release. So, you’ve done this: Created a text inset file that begins with a Head1 paragraph style. Inserted that file as a reference in another file, at a point where the paragraph style was Body. Did a book update, […]