March 18th, 2004

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Why I'm allergic to Outlook, part the Nth...

I'm allergic to Outlook. I feel sick just thinking about it. Allow me to highlight just one of my dislikes...

You can never deal with the whole message as one block of text. For various reasons, I want to be able to see or copy both the body and the headers. Imagine I want to paste To, Cc, Subject, Date and From somewhere, along with the message body. To achieve this in an actual email program, I just select the text and copy. Simple! To do this in Outlook, I'd have to copy the message body, then right click the message, click Options, select the full headers, copy, paste, then trim out the unwanted headers...

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How can I get a console-only version of Vim?

I've been a faithful vi user for years, but now would like to use a couple of features (well, one actually) that exist in vim but not vi. It seems vim is primarily desgined to be run with a GUI, but all I want is the console version. http://www.vim.org/download.php seems to assume that I want to use a GUI version. (I realise the full vim package can be used on the console, but I don't particularly want to install all of the dependencies.)

Hmm, maybe it's time to upgrade to MacOS X 10.3. The vim site says "On MacOS 10.3 the "vi" program is actually a console version of Vim 6.2."