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What th'?!

For a company that prides itself for it's intuitive interface, some Apple™ products, like for instance Numbers, can make thing as simple as parsing data into two columns seemingly maddening tasks. Even the help is counter intuitive.

All I was trying to do was create a simple list that would contain the tags I want to use in my offline journal. I recently (well in July) switched to using the DayOne app from MacJournal. It uses markdown and also lets you use tags for classification of entries. I was a bit tired of the complicated thing that MacJournal had become. And I like the interface. It's pretty much the same on my Macs as it it in my iOS devices.

*grins* But I digress… I'm trying to standardize the tags I use and trim the list down a bit. Spoiled by LiveJournal I guess.

Spent nearly a half hour on this and finally went to Excel and did it in two shakes of a lamb's tail. Maybe I'm not linear enough. But no, I don't think it is me for chrissakes.

Went to look around on the web for a solution and while there are some helpful people who explain how to do it within the iWorks suite using Pages and Numbers, this just seems to be a lot of steps to accomplish such a small thing.

1. Open Pages
2. Open a blank page
3. Paste the data
4. Select it
5. Use Find and Replace - in this case a ': ' that is, a colon with a following [space] and replace it with a [tab].
6. Copy and paste the resulting lines into Numbers.

It just seems counter productive when compared to the Excel [Text to Columns] function. How the Hell can you leave something like this out of a program for processing data? Sometimes a program needs to function as well as look elegant.

*But at least there IS a way to do it!*



Woke up at around 0330. Not sure what that's about. Was after midnight when I went to bed.

Sure as hell couldn't get back to sleep. My legs were sweaty. Tried kicking the covers off but it was just too late. I was already awake.


Supposed to hang with friend JimBro at Stags Head pub at some point around noon-ish today. Some kind of Coonass Christmas party.

I think I'll also take Em her MacBook. Been sitting around here since I **fixed** it. She lives fairly close to that place.


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Dec. 19th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
I couldn't sleep last night, either, even though tired. I think it was because I slept a bit during the daytime *Grins* Danged grandkid woke me up with a nonsense text in the middle of my nanny nap, too :P

Dec. 21st, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Well I guess not everything Apple can be awesome. :D
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