November 28, 2007
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November 27, 2007
I hate upgradeing
There's nothing like following the instructions for an upgrade, and still having it fail.
MovableType 4, you RULE
MT4 is a pain in the ass
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November 26, 2007
Sing it Brother Harlan, Sing it!
It's not just writers here. Artists too. Programmers. Designers. if it's worth asking someone with skills you don't have, to do for you, then it's worth paying them for.
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If only it wasn't just a stereotype
Gotta love Cectic:
Living out here in the "heartland", lemme tell you, I see letters to the editor saying this shit all the time. The "Atheists leave, this is a *Christian* nation" followed by "The ACLU is discriminating against us by trying to keep the ten commandments out of our schools." You'd think that level of irony would actually burn. Yet, it does not. That right there is a good argument against the existence of $DEITY$.
Oh, another one, that's actually a bit profound:
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November 25, 2007
Thoughts on the Kindle and e-readers
First, this isn't a review of the Kindle. That would require me to have one, and honestly, I don't care enough about one to even try to get a review copy. Of the Kindle itself, I'd have to say, it looks awkward, the design seems rather biased against lefties, and it's yet another piece of technozoomdweebie gear to carry around.
I got into smartphones years and years ago to get away from carrying multiple single-purpose gadgets. The idea of one that's taller and wider than any paperback I've ever carried, and weighs 5/8 of a pound has utterly no appeal to me. Really.
The idea that it will replace books is laughable on multiple levels. For one, 90% of my reading is on a plane. I can read a book on a plane from taxi to taxi, and the only interruption is the safety lecture. With a Kindle, you can't read from taxi to 10K feet, and during final approach. If I don't want to keep a book, I can leave it in a coffee shop. I'm only out a couple of bucks, and I've maybe made someone else's day. Sweet. With a Kindle? It's a damned albatross. Too big to shove in a pocket, too expensive to not worry about, just heavy enough to be annoying, and I'm not seeing anything in it that says "walk down the street and read me".
Yes, I read while walking. I'm good at it. I've got some awesome radar that lets me be deep into a book and register traffic, people, street signs, you name it. I've got an internal inertial nav system that's got to be seen to be believed. No one, and I mean, no one, is going to roll me for the latest Clive Cussler or "Destroyer". Really. But something electronic and shiny? That'll buy a rock or two. No thanks. I have enough overpriced electronic shit I have to worry about.
The other major problem with replacing books is that there isn't an online store that you want to browse the way you will a book store. Jeff Bezos can hump his Kindle until it's as sticky as a stripper's shoes, but you don't browse Amazon, not really. You might link-hop a bit, but face it, Amazon's strength is that it lets you get shit done like a SEAL sniper. You find your target, take the shot, and get out. That's not bad, not on any level. It's one reason why I use, no why I love Amazon so much for buying gifts and the like. They have a lot of stuff, it's easy to find, and it's usually pretty cheap. It's also really easy to get through the whole "trading money for stuff" part of the transaction.
But when I go into a bookstore, it's with the knowledge that I'm going to have hours to kill. I wander. Every section, (okay, not the romance novels. If I want porn, I just get it off the internet, not bodice-rippers), looking at covers, thumbing through ones that look interesting. I don't have a goal in mind. I want something to jump off the shelves at me. Maybe it's a magazine with an interesting article about the sinking of the Scorpion. Maybe it's a study of Keith Richards' guitar licks, or a history of the CIA. I go to book stores because I don't know what I want, and I want some random "a-ha" mojo to smack me in the head and make me take it home. I find most of my best books that way. Basically, I want some random author to run up and cerebrally bugger me. I'll smile and ask for more.
In a book store, I'm rather adventurous. Online? Not so much. Online, I'm going to get stuff I already know I want. Amazon is perfect for that. Low-hassle and convenient.
You aren't going to browse on a Kindle. Oh you can come as close as Amazon lets you, but in the end, you aren't browsing even remotely close to how you will in a real, honest-to-god book store. Besides, I adore used book stores, and Amazon sucks ass compared to that, 'cause Amazon ain't got no trade in lovin'.
That's not to say I think the Kindle will be a flop. Well, they need to fix that fucked-up design, make that thing about 12.5% of it's current cost, kill that stupid DRM shit, and make it fit in my damned pocket better. But there is a market for the Kindle, even outside of the technophile dingalings like Le Scoble or Winer, who cream their underoos every time someone hands them a new technotoy. (Please, for the love of humanity, don't show Sta-Puff 2.0 or Capt. Gouda the level of computerization in sex toys. Even if they could write worth a crap, the idea of either one of them even knowing what a sex toy is makes me vomit in my mouth a lot.)
The Kindle, while utterly horrid for replacing books, is fantastic for replacing dead trees in what I call "disposable reading", aka newspapers and magazines. (You'll note I've left off blogs. That's deliberate. I still pretty much hate the New Media Douchebags who are, mostly due to mass stupidity, and ease of manipulation, the "A-list" of the "blogodorkosphere". There are about six "blogs" worth reading. This one ain't one of them. Daring Fireball is. Other than those few, stop reading blogs with shitty writing. It rots your mind.)
Face it, you don't keep newspapers unless something truly important happened that day. You don't keep magazines except for the same reason, or they're National Geographic. You get the paper, read it, maybe do the puzzles, then chuck them, or leave them for someone else. You get Time, you read it, you dump it. They're disposable. Completely forgettable once the next edition comes. For this? The Kindle is brilliant. However, this brings to mind some form issues and a marketing plan that looks like they found the one for the Segway, and substituted "Kindle" for "Segway" throughout the document. Repeating the dumb doesn't make it smart. It just makes it refined dumb.
First, stop obsessing about portability, and think about more ways for ease of use to make the Kindle v.X better for disposable reading. For example, do the deal with Starbucks, Panera, Indie Coffee shops to build Kindles into the tables. Dump the keyboard and go for gorgeous screens. Don't worry about battery life, and instead make them AC power only, and stupid easy to maintain. Go for an iPhone-style screen that can be cleaned with Windex and a paper towel, but one that's 8.5"x11", and at an initial cost to the shop of about fifty bucks a unit. Don't stop there. Waiting rooms cry out for Kindles, and would be a willing audience for them. Who here loves medical waiting rooms? Love them old magazines and big pharma ads? Yeah? No? Thought not.
Airports are another great place for Kindle v.2. Large amounts of people waiting in predictable places, wanting something to make the time go faster. What better place for an unlimited amount of reading? Ads won't be a problem here, we have ads in papers, magazines, and TV news now. For once, you have an audience that won't mind ads. Sweet!
For the portable versions...honestly, pick something to focus on in v.2. In this case, the reading experience. Leave the file upload stuff alone. Concentrate on making it as pleasurable to read as possible. Jack the res higher. Much higher. iPhone-and-then-some higher. Make it smaller. Actually, make it fold. And get rid of the friggin' keyboard, there's far too many ways to get around that silliness, and we all know it, especially when you're talking about a lamer keyboard like on the Kindle v.1. That's just some cowardly nod to whiners for whom the lack of a keyboard somehow equates to being useless. They suck, and their opinion is not only stupid, but proven wrong. They need to get over it. There's nothing about reading that requires a keyboard.
Also, sponsor recharging stations. Along with the static mounts in airports, coffee shops, what have you, have inductive recharging stations. Lay the Kindle down, pick up a charge while you read.
Finally, drop the fucking DRM. That shit doesn't work. It's never worked, and it never will. It's absolutely stupid that even v.1 came with it. If there were publishers that wouldn't play without it, Bezos should have flipped them the finger and let them sit on the outside looking in. So what if I buy a book and want to move it onto someone else's. Why should that cost anyone anything. Note...move, not copy. It's worked for books for oh...centuries. I think that's a good model. No lamer "you can only loan it for n days" shite either. I want to turn a friend onto a magazine article I think they'd like, I just make with the tappity-tappy, and bang, they've got mail. Sure, it cost me a couple bucks, but how do you think I let them read the latest cool article in my copy of Time now? Same way. Again, just in case you didn't get it: DRM is for idiots who think that they're smarter than every other person on the planet. Or Ballmer. Which is the same thing, when you think about it.
If it seems I'm advocating an infrastructure as much as the device, well, I am. Look, e-readers have by and large failed like cost-cutting on the Titanic, because they're all enclosed worlds. You can't do anything with them but read stuff you either send yourself, or download yourself. What's up with that? Lame. Why not let indie bookstores have Kindles and Kindle stations where they can offer up their own downloads for customers of stuff they think is cool? Same thing for libraries? Hell, libraries could make all kinds of cool uses out of this damned thing, and face it, they're on board bigtime if it increases reading and patronage. Why ignore a built-in fanbase? if you get out of the mindset that created Kindle v.1, you have a real potential to create the next...fuckit, the first next big thing. Screw following everyone else's example, do it different, and do it right.
But that's going to involve some risk-taking, and some looking ahead beyond the next quarter, or the next mastubatory outflow of the technophiles. Because if you sell it to technophiles, it's doomed. Who does Apple sell to? Not the technophiles. Who is the Wii aimed at? Not the technophiles. Technophiles are like baby birds. They're cute, until you realize that what they really are are a bunch of small, loud, brainless nincompoops who spend all day sitting in their own shit, waiting to be fed by the momma bird, and don't even realize they're getting nothing but ABC worms in the form of warmed-over vomit.
Again...don't listen to the Technorati Circle Jerk Crowd. They're all short-sited dingalings who think the entire world is going to get better because of HDTV and blogging. They're stupid. Design Kindle for people who read newspapers and magazines. Who want to sit down and enjoy every aspect of reading. Fuckit, figure out a way to turn a damned page by dragging your hand across the screen, instead of this next/back button bullshit. Make this thing cool to people in a diner in Des Moines and a southern restaurant in Binghampton. Make it something that Our Lord of the Bad Haircut Megachurch in Arkansas wants to put in all the pews. (Face it, the religious market are sheep by design and intent. You get some fundie megachurches putting this in, and the money will flow like rain in a hurricane man.) If the technophiles whine, give them a USB key and some bullshit speech with the words "new media" and "community building" in it. They'll be so into the afterglow that it won't occur to them that you're ignoring them. Look at the set of people who aren't inane technophiles compared to the set that is. Which one's bigger? Yeah, thought so, and face it, we're talking about Amazon. Even the computer illiterate know what Amazon is. That's a hell of a lead. If you don't fuck it up.
The Kindle has some real potential. The question however, is this: Does Bezos want to just be better than existing e-readers, or does he actually want to change the world?
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November 22, 2007
New Technorati Tag!
I liked this video so much, it's now my new favorite Technorati Tag: New Media Douchebag.
Think of the time I'll save with this handy, flexible tag, that applies to so many people!
New Media Douchebags
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November 21, 2007
Macworld Session Pimping Time
Many of you who attended the 2007 Macworld Conference and Expo may recall the session I did with Chuck Goolsbee, Julian Koh, and Shaun Redmond called "Total Network Awareness". It was the only "pure" networking session in the MacIT conference, and as far as we can tell, it was a success. So, the four of us did some work, and this year, the session is a two-day Power Tools session.
You can read the overview for some details, but in a nutshell, we're going to talk about the ways you monitor a network as a thing outside of servers, and why you would want to. As far as why, well, the four of us realize that it's not just "nice" to know about the nuts and bolts of monitoring your network, and why you'd want to, it's critical. We also realized that while there's (obviously) a lot of sessions talking about Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, there weren't many, (heck, almost none last year) that deal with networking outside of specific OS/Server functions. So you talk about DHCP and DNS, but not a lot about what's going on with the network that DHCP and DNS run on.
We, (again, obviously), think there's a bit of a hole in the conference in the networking area. It's interesting, some of the things I see on a mailing list, or on a web site that show the person with the problem may know a lot about the server, but the network as a whole was a bit of a black box, (or cloud) to them. That's a shame, because when you know about the fundamentals of monitoring and running a network, there's so much more you can do. When you understand what SNMP is all about, you gain so much flexibility in how you can monitor your network than if you're relying on what a tool gives you. I don't mean just servers but throughput, traffic usage, what a box is specifically sending across the network, how to read packets, etc. The knowledge I've picked up and been taught over the years saves me trouble and time every day, and this is a way for us to share our knowledge that we've picked up over our accumulated 80+ years in this business.
So, come to the session if you can, we're going to try to bring out some extra Minis, maybe some other networking boxen, and have the biggest networking geekfest you've ever seen at a Macworld.
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November 20, 2007
I don't usually disagree with the Macalope
But when the horned one says:
And perhaps the horny one said it best when he said "The writings of Robert Scoble are like a thousand monkeys typing, short about 999 monkeys."I simply must disagree, as it's incorrect, and insults the monkey.
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November 18, 2007
Blogs that aren't inane tech sites
So when blogmeisters like Scoble and Winer talk about the "power of the Blogosphere", you do know what they're talking about, right? 90% tech circle-jerking, 9% politics, and a wee bit of personal babble. For all their blathering about the power of the "blogosphere", they don't talk about anything about that inane circle-jerk tech bubble they live in.
Great...more geeks talking about geeks. I can feel the world becoming a better place already.
That's not to say there aren't blogs or groups of blogs trying to do more than bitch about technoshite and how mean commenters are. It's just that if you use Technorati and the rest to find blogs, all you're going to find is the same shite that Scoble and Winer link to.
Luckily, you read this site, so here, let me link you to some sites that might actually teach you something beyond how to make your tech-dick bigger and harder:
- Language Log, which has some fascinating, if not often esoteric posts about the myriad ways we use and abuse the English language. The link list there is pretty cool too.
- ScienceBlogs, an entire community devoted to well, science, and learning, and the promotion of both. Note to the Scobleites: These are cranky, cantangerous people. They live in a world of facts and proof. They will not hesitate to attack stupidity like a horde of pissed-off army ants, and if you're stupid enough to complain they aren't being nice, they'll laugh even harder and tell you to fuck off. Some of my favorite SB sites are Retrospectacle, Pharyngula, The Questionable Authority, Respectful Insolence, and Adventures in Ethics and Science.
- TDJ, who manages to prove that contrary to what the "Blogorati wish you to think, there's some pretty cool stuff on LiveJournal
- The Bad Astronomy Blog, part of an overall website that is just fascinating to anyone with a love for astronomy and snark
- ERV: Warning...don't poke the ERV.
- Diane Duane, my favorite author
- Finally, Crummy Church Signs
A plethora of blogs, none of them will ever appear on Technorati, some of them make my head hurt when they get down and dirty. (ERV and pals going deep into evolution of various HIV virii...owww...but SO cool.)
The only reason blogs have been taken over by Scoble, Winer, et al is because people have allowed them to be. There's far more out there than that technobubble bullshit, no matter what the rating sites tell you.
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November 17, 2007
So many nimrods, so few tasers
I swear, it's like the universe is trying to turn me into the "Taseinator" or something, and they've hired Gruber to be my personal trainer. Once again, thanks to Daring Fireball for the targeting assistance.
Robert Scoble is having a full-blown "Where's my fucking latte, it's been 30 seconds", overprivileged yuppie larvae, princess two-step fit because his Macbook is kernel panicking on boot. He ran an upgrade, and now it's going nuts. Of course, this is not the real problem. Sure, kernel panics after upgrades suck ass, but there's a clear and reliable method for taking care of them. This isn't really about that. This bitchfit has nothing to do with his Macbook. Robert knows more geeks per square inch than anyone. He knows that all he has to do is get on Twitter and and say "OMG, MY MACBOOK IS SICK, HELP ME MAKE IT BETTER", and there will be a miles-long line of free support practically killing each other for the privilege of fixing the Scoblebook.
No, it is not computer problems that are the cause of Le Scoble's tears and chest-hitching dramatic proclamations. The cause is something far worse. It is something that is so awful, so wrong that I hesitate to mention it. Apple has committed the ultimate sin, taken the unmentionable action, done something so callous, so evil, so unbelievably wrong that I urge those of you with delicate constitutions to please, for the love of $DEITY$, find another site to read.
For those brave souls who rush in where angels fear to tread, for those Daniels who will brave the lion's den, for you, my gallant brigade, for you, there is only the horror of Apple's crime against humanity, nay against the very universe itself:
Quick man, can't you see it was too much for him? Fetch the smelling salts and my scotch. You, out of that chair, the lad needs to sit and recover his constitution!
That's right. Apple PR has gone and once again, refused to join the rest of the tech community in rimming Le Scoble. Hell, they won't even give him a kiss on the cheek. I know, it's such an improbable idea, that the mind beggars even to suggest it as a flight of fancy, but look, read Le Scoble's own words:
What’s ironic is lots of other computer companies would LOVE to give me free stuff (I don’t take it) but Apple is the only company that’s never raised a PR finger to help me. Instead I feel so honored to spend my money on this crap. Why? Just to have a shiny machine?I know how shocking this is to all of you. I myself was initially unable to read that paragraph without a terrible attack of the vapors.
Okay, enough, this level of sarcasm is starting to make my bowels cramp. Just how out of touch do you have to be to start acting like you have the right to special treatment. What level of entitlement do you have to possess to think this way? Make no mistake, that's what this is: the pouting of the biggest, most spoiled entitlement queen in the "blogosphere". This is what happens when you start thinking of yourself as better than everyone else. This great swollen ego is what happens when you start believing the sycophants who tell you that your shit really doesn't stink, and that anyone telling you different is just a "hater".
It's bullshit and it shows his moral posturing, (I don't take free stuff), to be utter hypocrisy. He's every bit as bad as those he infers lack trustability for the crime of taking free stuff. Sure, he doesn't take free stuff. But if you don't kiss Scobleizer ass, then you gets what you gets. Fight the bull, you get the horns. (insert inane "horns" hand gesture here)
Someone tell me how demanding that you be treated as better than everyone else is more moral than taking review copies of stuff? Because i'm not seeing it.
For the record, yeah, I get free stuff. I get a lot of it. I don't do a lot of reviews, not in the usual sense, but I get review copies of software on a regular basis. What I get more of are free copies of things I beta test. I'd rather do it the beta test way, because then the company gets my feedback in time to maybe fix some things. At least that's the theory. Besides, I prefer seeing a product get released and knowing that I had something to do with it. Or as George Marshall said:
There is no limit to the good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.
But I never, for a minute, think I'm better than anyone else with a web site, or writing for a magazine. I'm not one tenth the writer that Gruber or Ihnatko are. I can't program to save my life compared to Dori Smith, Daniel Jalkut, or Michael Tsai. I've never come close to putting together a community the way Rob Griffiths has. No matter where you look on the Mac web, or the tech web, you will find better, smarter, more well-spoken people than me. If I have one advantage, it's that I can type fast, and read faster, and I'm a decent sysadmin.
Any time someone asks me to review software, or to write an article for their site, I feel privileged. I may hate the product, and the fact I got a free copy of a turd won't make it any less of a turd, but if I get that consideration, I feel lucky. I don't like asking for free stuff, it always feels so presumptuous.
The idea of pulling a Scoble, and calling a company out for not fellating my ego? Dear god, I hope I've never even come close, and if it ever appears that I have, then it was either unintentional, or the stupid made me do it, and I apologize.
I will say that if Apple is bound and determined to shit on Scoble's ego parade that way, then there's only option left for me:To buy as much Apple stuff as I can possibly afford.
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November 16, 2007
My taser finger is gettin' a blister
(Many thanks(?) to John Gruber for this latest round of stupid-caused apoplexy)
So, as we recall, in the previous episode, I'd called out Paul Murphy for his inane carping about reviews he obviously hadn't read, nor even bothered to look for. He got all whiny in the comments, and refused to admit that his link between Time Machine and ZFS was based on what he wished it was. Because, you know, he works for ZDvorakNet, and would never be so gauche as to actually research anything and get a fact or two.
Paul's nattering being the final straw, I also declared that henceforth, the people publishing his, and so many other people's tripe, (George Ou anyone?), would henceforth be called ZDvorakNet, in honor of their journalistic model.
I had no idea that Paul would move so quickly to uphold his publisher's new name.
You know, sometimes, you have to read an article a bit to see if it's going to be good, bad, or indifferent. You have to wade through it, and only at the end can you tell if it was champagne, water, or shit. However, sometimes, the author tells you right away what it's going to be. Murphy does this for us in his latest bit of Dvorakism, entitled "Server to server: MacOS X vs. Linux":
Please note that I have not had a chance to see and use the new MacOS X “Leopard” server release. Comments specific to Leopard Server here are, therefore, based on third party reports.That's right folks, he's doing a comparison wherein he's not actually used one of the products, but is basing it on heresay. By the end of the first paragraph, we know, dear God do we know: this is going to be a Cleveland Steamer. Sometimes knowledge hurts us. It hurts us bad. Of course, as we'll see, he never actually makes any statement specific to Mac OS X 10.5 Server. Not a fucking one.
However, since I'm stupid this way, I waded in all the way. Because how else can I properly tase the stupid?
It doesn't take long to find the first point worthy of a good hard pull on the trigger:
When you compare MacOS X to Microsoft’s servers the big issues are reliability, ease of installation, licensing cost, and operational complexity - with licensing cost the most important for small businesses because these tend to focus on initial capital costs. Thus Apple’s decision to include free ecommunications software with the server coupled with its inability to charge client licensing makes MacOS X increasingly attractive as the number of clients grows."inability to charge client licensing"? This gets the tase because a) it's wrong and b) it makes no sense as written. What Paul should have written was "inability to charge for client access licenses". See, that now makes far more sense. It's still shit, but it's properly written shit. Paul, Apple is quite able to charge customers for client access licenses, they just choose not to. See, conscious decision, not inability to be greedy. Big difference.
But wait, there's more:
When you compare MacOS X server to Linux, however, the key advantage for small businesses isn’t capital cost, it’s ease of setup and use. Fundamentally that comes down to the issue of how the small business gets its servers to work: because the difference between clicking through a GUIfied process and calling a script is enormously valuable if you don’t know what scripts to call, and pretty much valueless if you do.How can anyone take this statement seriously when we all know that Paul doesn't know what he's talking about with regard to Mac OS X 10.5? He hasn't used the product, yet here he is, telling us what Mac OS X 10.5 Server's "key advantage" over Linux is. This is what we in the IT profession call "stupid". His statement is worthless, because it's based on his take of other people's opinions. Why not read some goose livers too? Be about as accurate. His comments on "what scripts to call" shows he doesn't know a damned thing about setting up Mac OS X Server, any version, since the setup is remarkably script and command line free, no matter what your level of expertise. Moron. ZAAAAAP
It of course, gets better. In a desperate attempt to avoid real information that of course, he doesn't have, he suddenly starts babbling about Mac OS X 10.5 server relying on an "impersonal sales and deployment model"...no, really:
In other words, Apple’s ease of use advantage over Linux depends ultimately on an impersonal sales and deployment model: if joe average small business guy gets his Intel server delivered by FedEx and then has to set it up himself, Apple’s software can really help - but if Jane’s Computers hands it over it all nicely set-up and running, then it will take long term customer behavioral change before the customer sees any benefit from Apple’s systems management software.See, here's where I run into a problem: I don't speak fluent idiot, but I do have a lot of experience with Mac OS X Server. So I don't know what Paul's talking about, but that's okay, because neither does Paul.
But Paul is not content to stop there. Nope, he knows that somewhere, there's a hidden door that will take him from garden-variety stupid into the realm of Damned Near Enderle, and he finds it:
For larger businesses, neither licensing costs nor set-up costs are likely to drive the decision. Instead, at least in most cases, what’s likely to drive the decision is a a basic difference in philosophy between the Mac and Linux camps.That's right. People don't chose Linux over Mac OS X, or vice-versa for silly crap like technical needs or suitability for the task...it's all based on philosophy.
That difference comes down to this: the Linux focus is on replacing other technologies, and particularly those from Microsoft, where Apple’s focus is on using its server software to make it easier for MacOS X desktop users to co-exist in Wintel dominated environments.I got nothin' here. Wait, I don't got nothin'...I got mah TASER! ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAP! What an utter load of shit that manages to insult both Linux and Mac users. In Paul's world, the only reason you pick Linux is hatred of Microsoft, not the many real technical and fiscal advantages it provides. Similarly, the only reason you pick Mac OS X Server is because you secretly want to run Windows, but don't want your friends to laugh at you. There aren't enough letters in "idiocy" to describe the idiocy of this idiocy.
Just when you thought he couldn't get any worse, he figures out the torch puzzle, and gets another piece of heart...too bad, what he really needed was a piece of brain:
Thus Linux scores its greatest successes against Microsoft by competing for data center dollars and accommodates Wintel clients as part of the cost of doing that. Apple, in contrast, competes best with Microsoft on the desktop and accommodates Wintel servers as part of the cost of doing that. Think of the Linux desktop as a parallel to Apple’s data center servers and you get the superficial part of the picture. Look deeper, however, and what you see is a key difference: Apple uses its servers as part of a viral marketing campaign aimed at making it easier for minority Mac users to live, work, and proselytize in Wintel corporate environments - but the Linux community doesn’t use its server room advantages to push the Linux desktopOkay, I don't think he even knows fuck-all about Linux at this point. Come on, someone tell me who he blew to get this gig. Really. There had to be fellatio involved in anyone paying this jackass to write his name, much less this offal.
By now, he's free-form babbling:
Thus Apple’s latest server technologies are all aimed at helping desktop users work in Wintel environments but no such co-existence strategy exists on the Linux side - indeed the general Linux approach to the data center is closer to that of science fiction’s homogenizing swarm than that of the symbiote.What the fuck is he talking about? Quicktime Streaming Server is a desktop user aid? XGrid? XSan? Does Paul even know any Mac administrators, or is this based on what he hears whilst hiding in Enderle's outhouse? He not only hasn't use Mac OS X 10.5, but he literally has no clue about what Mac administrators use their stuff for. He's so full of shit that people are placing emergency calls to Massengill.
It gets worse:
To a wintel manager facing user demand for Macs, Apple’s strategy produces both fires and frying pans: fires because “Leopard” makes it even harder to argue that letting Macs into the environment will disrupt the smooth functioning (!) of the Wintel networks and servers in place - and frying pans because the new features make it much easier for users to silently augment Windows data center servers for file, print, and authentication functions with their own machines running MacOS X."I've never used a Mac in my life, I don't know anything about Mac OS X Server, but they keep paying me to write this shit, and Rob tells me that I only have to go down on two more ZDvorak VPs to get my office moved out of the broken stall in the basement men's room!"
Nowhere is this difference clearer than in the murky world of “identity management” where Linux is clearly about Windows services replacement while Apple’s multi-technology mash-up is equally clearly about protecting Windows services in Mac desktop deployments.Hey Apple Open Directory guys! Did you know that your entire life's work was about protecting Windows services? Surprise!
But now we get into the real "analysis" paragraph:
Unfortunately Apple’s co-existence strategy leads to a major problem in that it makes Apple a follower - forced to play catch up whenever Microsoft changes its technologies. In other words, companies which try to take advantage of Apple’s strategy will eventually find themselves trying to hold off both their internal wintel enthusiasts and Microsoft’s stealth upgrades while waiting for Apple - and because that won’t work they’ll suffer the usual consequences in terms of organizational disruption and mutual finger pointing."I found an entire bag of angel dust and a comatose donkey...IT'S PARTY TIME FOR PAUL!!!" Because it's not like you can use Macs sans Windows and you know, get work done. Nope, Macs require Windows. Damnit, I need more synonyms for stupid!
But like any flash flood, even one consisting of shit and stupid, this one finally comes to an end:
That’s why my bottom line on MacOS X Server versus Linux is simple: ordinary users don’t have a choice, if wintel is an organizational given then Apple’s co-existence strategy makes MacOS X preferable to Linux, but for anything bigger than a mom and pop shop, the right data center solution is Linux, not MacOS X. Why? tecause when it comes to cleaning the Augean stables front end loaders just work better than perfume spritzers.ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA....fucking batteries!
Folks, Gruber called it perfectly. Paul Murphy is a jackass, cut in the classic ZDvorakNet mold. He has no grasp of fact, and doesn't care. Note that he never once compared a single fucking feature...because he doesn't know a damned thing about Mac OS X, and if his Linux Knowledge is on par with his writing and analysis skills, well, I imagine he can, in only five tries, find the power button to the server. If it's painted green. With a sign that says "TURNING ON THING" over it. With an arrow on the sign pointing at the button. This entire thing is a (bad) philosophical rant, based on predetermined conclusions and not a single fact or iota of experience. It is not worth the flux patterns required to store it, and we are all stupider for having read it. And now I need a turret-mounted taser with a generator. Because these little hand-held models ain't cuttin' it.
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November 15, 2007
So I wonder when
We'll have an announcement from the Acrobat team as to how they're going to continue to provide Acrobat-Office integration in Office 2008.
Since they've refused to even consider using AppleScript for this in the past, in spite of the fact that AppleScript would allow them to greatly improve the features of their macros, and the only method the were willing to even consider, VBA, is no longer an option, I'm curious as to when, or if, we'll hear about how they plan on doing this.
Considering the Acrobat team's attitude towards the Mac, even in the face of customer demand, it's even odds that they'll say "Well, it's impossible now", and let it die. Further consideration of the fact that since Acrobat 5, they've added exactly one new feature to the Macros, namely the preservation of Internet URLs, which InDesign was doing in version 2, and this feature was added in Acrobat 8, and is the only difference between using the Macros and hitting the "save as PDF" button in the Office print dialogs...
would anyone even notice?
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Ass-Raped by "The Deciderer" again
Once again, our glorious president shows where he stands on helping the U.S.A. be the leading center of scientific and medical research in the world:
In a cave, dressed in sackcloth, his fingers firmly in ears, (we can only hope he washed them when he removed them from other orifices), eyes shut, continuously screaming "IF THE BIBLE SAYS IT, IT MUST BE SO!!!"
Yet we have all the money in the world for his "Faith-based" bullshit...and we wonder why our kids view science and math education as punishment.
I'm going to go read "A Brief History of Time" again, and see if I can find DVD's of old Carl Sagan shows. They always make the dumb go away.
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You know what?
If none of the presidential candidates are willing to have a serious debate on how they will approach government support and encouragement of math, science, and support for scientific research, (and I mean real science. Spare me voicing of support for bullshit like Reiki and the rest of the stupid. Along a similar vein, the only place ID belongs is right next to Voodoo, shamanism, and "Bullfinch's Mythology", and should be mocked unto the tenth generation), then to hell with all of them.
If they can't be bothered to seriously think about science, even though they could not reach the masses effectively without it, then none of them get my vote. I'll just vote for Joe Walsh. Sure, he's a little odd, but the press conferences would rock. Literally.
(Many, many thanks to PZ Meyers of "Pharyngula, Shelley Batts of "Retrospectacle", and all the other folks at ScienceBlogs for all their excellent posts on things scientific and cultural alike. It is comforting to see a community that devoted to improving the world and the silly people in it through the real pursuit of knowledge. In a country dominated by fundamentalist fear-mongering, and the exultation of ignorance and stupidity, ScienceBlogs, and its members are truly a light trying to guide us greatness.)
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November 14, 2007
I hearby declare...
Henceforth, ZDNet shall be both written and pronounced "ZDvorakNet", until such time as they perform a corporate cranirectoectomy, and their corpus callosum is no longer lodged within their descending colon.
So has it been written, so shall it be done.
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Just when I thought I wouldn't need the taser...
I see this pile of crap from, of course, ZD(vorak)-Net. I normally would ignore ZDNet, but since Tom Negrino, via Twitter, pointed out that Paul mentioned my review of Leopard in his silliness, well, I have to say something.
Paul is basically ragging on every Mac OS X 10.5 review as being nothing but puff-pieces. I get a special mention, because...
Now, obviously, I didn’t read all available reviews -but among those whose efforts I did read only one: John Welch writing for information Week, mentioned DTrace - and that in passingSpecifically, I said:
For developers and sysadmins who have a need to monitor the low-level activities of any application on a given Mac, Mac OS X 10.5 now comes with its own implementation of DTrace.
That's evidently not good enough for Paul. Well Paul, I wrote 5,528 words in that review. While I did not in fact, spend a lot of time on DTrace, it's because a) I'm not really a developer, and b) I don't know enough about DTrace to speak intelligently on it, so I, (here's the whacky part), didn't say anything about it because I would then be guilty of talking about something I don't know anything about. I know that's a silly concept at ZDvorakNet, but in my world, it's important. Of course, Paul leaves out the list of non-UI puffery that I did mention like:
- The death of Netinfo, and some details on its replacement
- Improvements in Directory Services behavior for mobile users
- File System events, a major component in how Time Machine works
- Changes in AppleScript and the OS scripting architecture
- What the new AutoFS implementation does for you in the real world
- A light overview of security changes
But evidently, since I didn't spend another 10K words on developer items that I am rather unqualified to talk about, I was writing a barbie interview.
Of course, I'm still doing better than Ol' Paul, who is talking out his nethers all over the place:
Similarly, none of them mentioned ZFS or its relationship to “Time-machine”That would be due to there not being a relationship between ZFS and Time Machine. (Not "Time-machine". Time Machine. Two words...."Time"..."Machine". Time Machine. New backup application from Apple. Big hit. Time Machine) Time Machine uses HFS+, not ZFS. Of course, the fact that ZFS support in Mac OS X 10.5 is read-only would make it rather hard to use it for backups, because, as I recall, there's rather a lot of writing in the backup process.
exactly nobody mentioned that the new Spaces capability (essentially the standard Unix multi-screen capability) now supports separating the display from the rest of the machine.Huh? WirelessVGA? When did *that* happen? Or maybe he's confusing Spaces with Apple Remote Desktop. Paul...Spaces is just multiple desktops. It doesn't "disconnect" the display from the machine. It's not Terminal Services, nor is it even X11. That would be of course...um...X11.
It gets better:
But if you ignore the partisan reviewers and ask what the real bottom line on “Leopard” is, the answer turns out to be the iPhone - because the current Mactels are this generation’s Apple IIIs.Okay, come on, admit it. There's a "Most Full Of Crap Article of the Month" award at ZDvorakNet, and Paul's really working it hard to get his bronze crapper. By the end of it, he's not even writing English:
What’s going on is that 10.5 is a mixed bag reflecting both short and long term agendas. In the short term it cleans up some x86 issues and offers some new user features raising the bar for Microsoft’s next effort -particularly with respect to time machine because this will be hard for Microsoft to duplicate while Apple’s adoption of ZFS means that all of the compexity here will disappear in the next release.I'd try to interpret that, but gosh, it appears I don't speak idiot.
In the long term, however, what 10,.5 is about is positioning Apple’s application developers to jump to the integrated server/playphone world of the future - that’s why there’s so much Solaris and Java development stuff there.
Every time Paul Murphy mentions my name, I taser a baby. Is that what ZDvorakNet really wants?
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November 13, 2007
C'mon crybaby, squirt a few
You know, the only thing missing from Abbie Smith's epic beating of Michael Behe and ID?
Film of her bouncing a basketball off his face telling him to squirt a few.
She's my new friggin' hero!
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November 8, 2007
You know you're warped when...
You realize there's been some bad domestic violence in an apartment in your building, there's like six cop cars, an ambulance, police tape sealing off your building...
...and what do Melissa and I quote from one of our favorite movies, almost in unison?
ARE WE ON COPS? ARE WE ON COPS? ARE WE ON COPS?
We are evidently incapable of taking this seriously...this was highlighted when I realized that I was joyfully taking pictures of the police tape.
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November 7, 2007
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November 5, 2007
Oh that's going to leave a mark
Here's a tip...never, never, ever piss off SA Smith, author of ERV. If you must, don't be like Michael Behe, and dismiss her qualifications when it comes to discussing things like the mutations and evolution of HIV et al.
I am rapidly becoming a science blog junkie.
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A nice detailed writeup on setting up Entourage with Gmail
The Entourage Help Blog has a nice howto, complete met der screenshots.
If you, or anyone you know/support needs a bit more help than "Make sure [Gmail] is your root folder", this would be the article you want to point them at.
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November 2, 2007
I am evidently killing twitter
Evidently I broke a Twitter rule. It seems that it is okay to flood Twitter with endless shite about sports which the rest of us must quietly suffer in good humor.
However, should you do the same thing for, you know, stuff that might be useful...that is a mortal sin against humanity.
So in recap:
Blathering about sports: good
Blathering about troubleshooting: bad
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November 1, 2007
I now understand why people buy Ferraris
Web gave me a ride in his Ferrari today.
Oh.My.God...what a car. At one point he asked "do you want to hear the stereo?"
My reply "No! I have all the sound I need coming from right behind me"
I also remember thinking "My, we appear to be going rather fast." Then I looked at the speedometer. 90+...in traffic My next thought? "Yes. We are indeed going rather fast."
I also know something else. A Ferrari is the male version of a vibrator.
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