January 31, 2008
In any endeavour, career, effort, attempt to not throw a ball like a sissy, there's a point when you know you've "made it". No, I don't mean when Barbara Jean's panties are falling out of your hand and her bra has departed for places unknown. Different kind of "made it". Stay focused.
I mean when you know you finally have done something really well, and been recognized in the proper manner for it. For me, in the Mac web, that moment was July 25th, 2006. That's the date of my first mention in CARs. It was a rant about Rob Enderle, with the lines:
“It’s like reading the analysis of a meth-addled circus poodle,” said John C. Welch.I was excited for days. I mean, Macworld, Your Mac Life, all the others are nice, but in the Mac universe, you hadn't really made it until your name showed up in CARs.
“I mean, seriously, how consistently wrong can one person be and still get called for an opinion?
“NO! Don’t end the article! I need someone to answer that question for me! HOW WRONG DOES HE HAVE TO BE?! BECAUSE I JUST DON’T GET IT!”
Now, like everything, CARs time in the sun looks to be over for a while. I'll miss it. But then, why wouldn't I miss a site where my last mention was:
Bynkii.com’s John C. Welch concurred.John Moltz is a writer for the ages, and we'll all miss him.
“I don’t really have anything to say about online security,” he said, “but I’d just like to point out that I, too, have a long and lustrous penis.”
John Moltz is a GENIUS
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January 30, 2008
Come on crybaby, cry.
So John Casasanta was evidently annoyed by something I said on Twitter. What did I say that hurt him so?
since it didn't involve the MacHeist assholes getting kicked in the nuts for the Malcor shit, no, not reallyWhat was John's reaction to this? Why a lurvely email that was chock full of stupid stars:
http://twitter.com/bynkii/statuses/658096042John, John, John, John, JohnJohnJOHN...did you really think I wouldn't call you out on this? Did you really think I'd ever forget the bullshit fearmongering you put a lot of people through just to pump up a fucking software bundle?
Who the fuck are you calling an asshole? Go fuck yourself, you
No. No I will not. See, I thought the original MacHeist was kind of overblown, but obviously, a lot of people liked it, so whatever. If it made the people who needed to be happy, great. Party on Garth. But that Malcor shit? Inexcusable. The only surprising thing is that afterwards, anyone would trust you in a business deal. That Malcor thing showed that you, and the rest of your gang have shown you have all the ethics of a pit viper. "The end justifies the means" and all that. I'm glad that works for you, but it's still bullshit, and you all still deserve a kick in the nuts over it. Virtual works, no sense in gettin' arrested over it. It also means that not only wouldn't I buy into MacHeist II because of the lack of ethics in the people putting it on, but I'd recommend to any who asked that they stay away. Sorry, but no, some half-hearted "Oh, it was just a bad PR idea" isn't going to cut it. That's not maturity, that's learning the stove is hot the hard way. There's a difference.
But after that email of stupid? Oh dude, now I don't just think you're an amoral greedy pit viper. Now, i have a new special opinion of you: You're a Crybaby. A big, snuffling, gasping for air, shoulders hitching crybaby. "Waaaaaah...someone said something mean to me. Waaaaaaah, I'm going to call you a bad name back". Dude, what fucking "Planet of the 12 year olds" are you from where that works? Okay, I'm a loudmouthed douchebag. You're a whiny crybaby who perpetrated a fucking stupid scam, and can't get that it really caused a lot of consternation and worry. Come on crybaby, cry. Come on, cry.
What a fucking idiot. If this is how he deals with people who don't think the sun shines out of his ass, I'm amazed he makes it to work in the morning without a crying jag.
So yes, John Casasanta, who sends me hate mail, I may be a loudmouthed douchbag, but you're a whiny, untrustworthy crybaby. All that's missing is a basketball to bounce off your forehead. Come on crybaby, squirt a few. Come on crybaby, cry for me. Cry louder.
Hear that? It's little john, curled up on his bed with mr. bun-bun snuffling and sobbing at the mean man.
BAAAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...god, I love it when people make my day like that.
<IT GETS BETTER!>
Now the whiney brat just called my cell to bitch at me more, sounding like the loser down the K-12: "Well, YOU'RE crying now, 9 tweets in a minute over it." Dude, I do that many arguing politics. Besides, how wrapped up around me are you now, you're FOLLOWING MY EVERY WORD! I OWN you. Even better, when I pointed out the bullshit of the Malcor thing, he's STILL trying to justify it as a good thing: "Well, lots of people thought it was a good idea!" "How many of them over the age of 12?" "...well, I guess that's our fanbase."
It's been a long time since I've been able to actually go "waaaaaaaah" at someone on the phone. But you know what? It still feels gooooood. Cry some more crybaby. Cry some more.
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Target, how I love thee...
For giving the finger to the self-entitlement of the "BlogDorkosphere". Yep, that's right, Target told bloggers "You're not that important to us".
Thank fucking god too. I cannot tell you how that Scoble/Winer-induced "SUCK OUR BLOGOCOCK" attitude of entitlement that the "blogdorkosphere" is rife with irritates me. I have not the words.
Poor Amy Jussel contacted to complain about an ad she found offensive. While we don't know the content of her initial contact, (she didn't post it), we know what Target's reply was:
“Unfortunately we are unable to respond to your inquiry because Target does not participate with nontraditional media outlets,” a public relations person wrote to ShapingYouth.Now, that seems odd to me. If she called as a customer, why would Target even know about her site? More importantly, how would they know. The only logical explanation is that she made sure to reference it prominently in her initial contact. Amy confirms this:
I did not approach Target as ‘media’ but as a mom/shopper, heading up a nonprofit blog. I found their dismissal of citizen journalism and Web 2.0 media naive, arrogant, and inappropriate, especially since I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, being a loyal customer.
Then Target comes back with "Bloggers? Whatever", and the whining starts.
OMG, you want to see some bitchy ass whiners? Tell some blog to fuck off, that they don't count. Yeah. They can't take that.
See, I don't have a problem that Amy complained. That's her right. I have zero problem with that. What I do have a problem with is that a) Her assumption that Target would fall all over itself to agree with her, and b) That somehow, the fact that she runs a blog means anything. Both are examples of entitlement attitudes, but then, that's the "blogdorkosphere" for you.
Since she's offended byt Target's ad, why not approach them without trying to use her blog as leverage. Why would it matter? (I know we all know the answer. She already had her "WE MADE THEM CHANGE" post written in her head. Now she doesn't get to use that. Wah.) Why not approach them as a concerned customer and ask "hey, what's up with that?" But no, we have to mention our blogs, because blogs are the stick, right?
Well, if you're Target.....wrong.
Good job Target, I just may camp out when you open your new store closer to my house. Because when you tell the "blogdorkosphere" to fuck off, you make me all tingly and happy.
As far as the rest of the "blogdorkosphere" goes...how about you earn your rep rather than assuming you have one because you can work an online editor?
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January 28, 2008
Note: After getting slapped for the lack of basic research on this story, MacWindows corrected it. A bit of "oh shit, cows will actually walk out an open door?", but better than nothing. What should have been done PRIOR to posting was to actually look at the issue so that correct information was posted the first time. Scoblellian reliance on the "lazyweb" is not in fact a substitute for doing your own work.
Oh for fuck's sake, I'm still getting whined at about "correcting" my article. I don't know how I'm supposed to "correct" this, since, unlike MacWindows *original* post, this one was based on fact and some double-checking. However, here: After having it pointed out to them in no uncertain terms that they were wronger on almost every point they raised, MacWindows went back and did some actual research, instead of blindly relying on what a PR person told them, and discovered that their article was wrong. It took them two days, but hey, you can't expect research the first time out. Oh, and they deleted the bit about Microsoft dropping non-existent VBA support in Entourage. Note to MacWindows. That's it. I'm not doing another one of these. If you're still butthurt about it, instead of kvetching at me to make changes in what I wrote, (which was, again, CORRECT when I wrote it, unlike your original post, which was NOT CORRECT when you wrote it), maybe you should keep both versions pinned to a wall so that you can remind yourself to make sure about things BEFORE you say they are so, rather than "fixing it in post". I also note that you couldn't be arsed to maybe, even without specifically naming them, THANK the group of people who pointed out the myriad errors in the original, rather than letting you march blindly on. Oh wait, there are no errors. We have always been at war with...
While I know you were probably all a-twitter as you posted "Microsoft dropped direct BlackBerry syncing in Entourage 2008; no 3rd-party support", you perhaps should have stopped twittering, and perhaps done some research. If you had, you'd have realized one simple, basic problem here:
Microsoft has never supported BlackBerry synchronization with Entourage. Ever. The MacBU has only ever written one Entourage conduit, for Palm OS devices. That's it. No BlackBerry, no Windows Mobile. Just Palm. That has been dropped for Office 2008, but it's not like that was worthy of notice in this article. However, that's not the only thing wrong with this article:
VBA macros weren't the only feature Microsoft removed from Office 2008. BlackBerry owners upgrading to Entourage 2008 were disappointed to learn the Microsoft is no longer supporting direct syncing of Entourage with BlackBerry devices. Microsoft also dropped plug-in technology that enabled third party software to sync with Entourage.Well, again, that's actually completely wrong. Okay, the VBA bit is right. Again, Microsoft has never provided support for BlackBerry synchronization with Entourage. Furthermore, the only "plug-in technology that the Mac BU ever supported for Entourage was one plugin, the aformentioned Palm HotSync conduit. That wasn't "plug-in technology", that was a single plugin. The only technology that allows third party software to sync with Entourage isn't Microsoft's, it's Apple's: Sync Services. Entourage 2008 supports Sync Services, and that's how third party software can sync with Entourage.
The rest of the article is a mishmash of crap, and I'm guessing, bad quoting:
Mark/Space, Inc., told us that they do not have plans to enable The Missing Sync for BlackBerry to support direct connections to Entourage 2008, as it does for Entourage 2004. A Mark/Space spokesperson described the change Microsoft made and its effect on syncing.
"Compatibility with Entourage 2004 is handled via a plug-in that Microsoft created, and that we include with our products. Microsoft has chosen not to develop a plug-in for Entourage 2008."
If they did that, then they were using the Hotsync Conduit, because, again, that's the only sync conduit Microsoft ever developed for the Mac. More stupidity:
Jeffery McDonald did some investigation and found that no software vendor, including Microsoft and Apple, are planning to provide direct BlackBerry syncing with Entourage 2008:
I spent the day on the phone with Apple, Microsoft, PocketMac, BlackBerry and Mark/Space (Missing Sync). Bottom line is OfficeMac 2008 Entourage will not sync with a Blackberry. There are no plans from Blackberry-PocketMac to make a patch or program to sync to Entourage 2008. Mark/Space currently does not have a program to sync it either...What I learned was if you want to use your Blackberry and Entourage use 2004 and do not upgrade to Office Mac 2008.
Nonsense. No, wait, it's not just nonsense, it's bullshit, and lazy reporting. For one, from what I can tell, based on Mark|Space's own web site, their Blackberry product uses Sync Services to talk to Entourage 2004. No really, from the feature list for The Missing Sync for BlackBerry, v1.0.3:
Microsoft Entourage 2004 synchronizationSee that "Just activate Sync Services..." part? That's not a Microsoft plugin, that's Apple's fucking synchronization framework. How fucking hard is it to check this shit out? If they had, I'd not have to write this, and I'd not have the look on my face that Melissa so perfectly captured in my logo. Like this tripe:
Just activate Sync Services syncing in Microsoft Entourage 2004, and The Missing Sync for BlackBerry will be able to synchronize contacts, events, tasks and notes with your BlackBerry handset.
Another Marc/Space spokesperson said Entourage 2008 users must sync to Blackberries through Apple's software:Again, this is how it works in 2004, according to Mark|Space's own information. No really, here's another blurb, right from Mark|Space's own site:
Office 2008 requires that you first sync via Apple's Sync Services. In Entourage, you should be able to do this from the Preferences menu.
Microsoft does not offer a special conduit/plugin to sync with Entourage  directly, so our software will only be able to transfer data between your handheld and Sync Services.
Since Sync Services does not recognize Entourage categories, all of your data will be consolidated into a single category called "Entourage".
We do not currently have any plans to engineer a special plug-in for this.
Sync Services-savvyIf you want to know why I don't read MacWindows, nor have for years, it's because of this attitude. No one bothered to actually fucking look at the product info, available on the web, for free. No one bothered to do a single bit of background checking. But then, had they done so, they'd have lost the OMGMSFUCKEDMACUSERSINTHEASSAGAIN vibe.
Sync Services is the sync architecture in Mac OS X. Because The Missing Sync for BlackBerry interfaces directly with Sync Services, information from other Sync Services-savvy applications, such as Microsoft Entourage 2004, will sync back and forth with your BlackBerry. As more applications ship with Sync Services support, more information will sync with your BlackBerry.
Oh, and one final bit, (thanks to people on Twitter). This line?
Microsoft also dropped support of VBA macros in Entourage 2008, while adding support for the new file formats of Office 2007 for Windows.My mind actually boggles at the wrong-ness of how wrong that wrong sentence is. VBA??? In ENTOURAGE? This entire article is nothing but what you get when, instead of 10,000 monkeys on typewriters, you have one stoned gibbon with a charcoal stick.
But it doesn't matter, does it. After all, it's just the Mac BU, right? Why the fuck should you have to do research when you're about to hammer them again, it's just the Mac BU. It's like some fucking John Lennon song, except substitute "Mac BU" for "Woman" and insert "Mac" before "World"
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Dear Adobe Acrobat Team
There are many IT managers who are now dealing with Office 2008 as a reality. Since Office 2008 doesn't have even 2004's rather broken VBA implementation, we are also dealing with various integration issues for things that use or used VBA. One of them happens to be your Macros. To date, you've been rather silent on this issue. With 2008 not being released, this was understandable.
However, Office 2008 was officially released on 15 Jan. 2008, so...word...from you on Acrobat/Office integration going forward would be appreciated. Actually, it's kind of expected.
Being as cynical as I am about this particular issue, especially in light of your past failings in the area, I've already assumed that you're going to take your ball and go home with regard to Acrobat/Office integration on the Mac. It would be in line with your refusal to use anything but VBA for this, even though as of Office 2004, AppleScript was not only a viable option, but a better one. Even when I've shown you how to offer Entourage integration, since you couldn't do it in VBA, you refused.
However, you've long established that you've little interest in doing anything for the Mac beyond the bare minimum, so I'm planning on the end of what little effort there was for Acrobat/Office integration. It is indeed your ball, you may do as you will with it.
But, I could be wrong. In fact, I'd prefer it. I'd love to see an update that proves me completely wrong here. Hell, if it helps, I dare you to prove me wrong here.
You'll pardon me if I'm not worried about it too much.
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Wow, banning words really DOES change attitudes...
Oh wait, no it doesn't. Not a damned bit.
Wow, what a shock. Banning a word didn't change shit. It just forced racist assholes to come up with a new one. What changed? Here...here's what changed...the word used. Now, instead of Oh crap, a buncha niggers just walked in, it's Oh crap, a buncha Canadians just walked in. Different word, same attitude, nothing's changed.
Well, the forces of "let's not really do anything" were happy. I'm sure now we'll have to start using "the C-word" for real Canadians now. Because idiocy like "the n-word" and "the c-word", and "the f-word", (both of them), have so efficiently stamped out racism, sexism, profanity, and homophobia.
Wait, they didn't? But we stopped using the word! That was the only thing causing racism, right? WE STOPPED USING THE EVIL WORDS, WHERE'S MY FUCKIN' HARMONY?
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January 24, 2008
Axiotron Modbook Review
No, I didn't write it, why would I. Melissa wrote it, and yes, I'm biased, but I think she did a decent job of it.
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Power Tools Session PDF up
It's a bit big, but has some nice background material.
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The Keynote Crying Baby, Identified!
Hey lady, here's a clue: YOUR BABY IS NOT WELCOME EVERYWHERE ON THE PLANET.
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First of all, I have to say to Paul Kent and the Silicon Valley Houserockers: You guys are the best. Why? Three reasons:
- For playing "Melissa" for me and Melissa at the YML party since you couldn't be at the wedding
- For dedicating "Badge" to me
- You got Melissa to dance
There's an old saying: "Dance as though no one were watching". It took me a long time to realize the rightness of that statement, but when I did, a new kind of life was opened. See, we all look at Gene Kelly, Janet Jackson, Cyd Charisse, and others, and think "If I could just look like them, I'd dance all the time." What we forget is that they only look like that because a) they're in a highly choreographed and rehearsed number, where every movement is known and memorized, with naught left to chance, and b) they're professionals. That's what they do, or did. Dance.
The rest of us...well, unless we're pros, we're never going to look like that. Once I accepted that no matter what I did, I was going to always look like a big goofy dork, and that this was not a bad thing, then I got to experience the parts of life that you never see from the edge of the floor, swaying to the beat, wishing you could take that small step. Goth clubs, swing clubs, metal, whatever. You name it, I'll go and dance there. So what if I look like a dingaling. I'm not doing it for the people watching. I'm doing it for me. Don't like the way I look? Sucks to be you, there are other people you can look at.
Prior to our wedding, Melissa was always asking me to teach her how to dance, and I never knew what to say other than "Just do what feels right". Because that's how I do it. If it's something I've not danced to before, I'll watch a bit to get a feel for it, but once I start myself, I'm never quite sure what will happen next. Sometimes it looks stupid, even to me. Sometimes it doesn't. But it's not preplanned or choreographed. If you want to see whatever passes for the "real" me, get me somewhere that has music to dance to, and people to dance with. That's me. For good or ill, that's as real as I can get.
But you can't teach that to someone. I can't "dance" much of anything formal. I don't have a memorized step or dance. So how do I teach that? I can't. I just kept hoping that one day, something would happen that would help my wonderful, beautiful wife take that first step past her reticence and conviction that if she ever did anything more complex than a basic box step, she'd fall over, or her feet would explode, or whatever. I had been having little luck. But somehow, Paul and the Houserockers, by song and mood, managed to pull her in, to where she was willing to give it a twirl, and at one point, she literally did that. Laughing the whole time, convinced she looked utterly silly, telling me constantly she was only doing it for me.
One does not dance to song after song until ones feet hurt too badly to stand for someone else. That may be an impetus, but it is not a primary reason.
That night, during the YML party, Paul and the band gave me something that not even our own wedding could give me...I got to dance with my wife. That, gentle reader, is indeed, a "pearl of great price", and was given to me by someone who did not, could not have known what that night meant to me.
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January 22, 2008
Bowing to the reality of comment spam
Well, I finally have had enough and enabled comment registration on the site here. Honestly, I'd have rather not, and for a number of reasons, one of them being that unlike some people, I get the value in the anonymous comment.
Alas, so do spammers.
It finally came down to which do I hate more, registration, or captcha. Captcha lost. I hate that shit, mostly because I regularly cannot see it right. Brain wired wrong I suppose.
Since this site runs off of Movable Type, it's no surprise I'm using TypeKey for my registration framework. There are other methods, but those all showed to be more painful than they're worth to implement. If I'm going to be causing annoyance, and that's really what this is, then I'm going to do it in the least annoying way possible for me.
TypeKey's about as annoying as any registration system, however, some points:
- I don't care what name you use, and from what I can tell, neither does TypeKey. Create a pseudonym, and stay anonymous
- There's the standard "reply to the email" thing to register. It's a pita, but so's spam and me deleting comments accidently.
- There's a continue link at the end of the registration process that should take you back to the original comment screen. It doesn't appear to work, and that's probably something I did. For now, you'll have to go back to the entry manually.
- Since, (in theory), I only have to "trust" a commenter once, once you're in, there should be an end to getting moderated. This should allow me to up the number of links in a message so that people don't get modded because they link to their own site.
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January 16, 2008
Thank you Paul
I think I may have done a bad thing to my rep as a misanthropic curmudgeon last night, but that's okay. See, a few of us who have been speaking at Macworld Conference & Expo for a long time all got together, chipped in and got Paul Kent, the VP of Macworld a Gibson Les Paul Studio, and the Microsoft Mac BU chipped in too and got him a "Scarface" Coffin Case to go with it. I gave it to Paul at the Macworld Blast! party right before Devo went on, so it was hectic, we couldn't get everyone in to sign it before hand, etc. So, here's what I wanted to say, if I'd have had the time.
"A lot of you here tonight know Paul as the VP of Macworld Conference & Expo, a job he's had for the last 2-3 years. What some of y'all may not know is that for over a decade, Paul's been "da guy" for the Macworld conferences. If you were or are a speaker, Paul took care of you. He kept you fed, caffinated, gave you a place to sit down and do last minute prepwork, or just hide from the constant running that is Macworld. He was the guy who helped first time speakers deal with the nervousness of presenting at Macworld, and provided a pat on the head or a foot up the ass to whomever needed either.
It means he did an insane amount of work in the true sense of the phrase. Over time, a lot of us here not only grew to see even a sliver of how much work Paul and his crew really did, but saw Paul as not just the guy running the speakers, but as a friend. We also learned something: It's sometimes really hard to thank Paul. Because when you do, like any good leader, he'd make sure to deflect praise to the people under him, who work just as hard as he does. However, just as an organization rots from the head down, it also shines from the head down, and so a few of us figured out a way to thank Paul in a way that he cannot deflect.
Paul is a guitar player, and a damned good one. He's been playing for most of his life, has a band, a good one too. If you go to the Your Mac Life party, you'll get a chance to hear Paul's band play. Paul's a Fender man, plays a Telecaster. When I set out to learn how to play guitar, something I've wanted to do as long as Paul's actually been doing it, I of course, got a Les Paul, because I'm a Gibson guy. Paul and I would chat back and forth about guitars and playing, and he always would have some small bit of sage advice for me, that I would always take seriously. But every so often, he'd talk about getting a Les Paul, then kvetch about the prices.
So, when I was trying to figure out a way to show Paul what he, and his work meant to these people who have, over the years, come to think of him as not just the guy who lets you speak, but as a friend, the way was clear. I emailed some folks who've been speaking for a while, or playing with Paul in various pickup gigs, and asked them if they wanted to help. The answer was immediate and unanimous: YES, and how much do you need? When I asked Sheridan Jones of the Microsoft Mac BU if we could present this to you here, tonight, before Devo goes on, the answer was just as immediate: YES, what a wonderful idea! Can we help too?
So Paul, from me, Chuck Goolsbee, Sarah Hindmarsh, Chris Breen, Dori Smith, Jim Dalrymple, Duane Straub, Dave and Brian from The Mac Observer, Web, Sly, Chuck LaTournous, Dave Pooser, Mike Sebastian, Schoun Regan, and the Microsoft Mac BU who chipped in with the "Scarface" Coffin Case, here man: That Les Paul you've been talking about. Thank you for all that work you do, for the friend you are. Thanks man, we love you."
What I really said was something kinda babble-y, because there was no time, and I was kinda hyper at that point. But I think it worked out okay anyway.
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January 10, 2008
With regard to the possibility of yet another John Mayer Keynote performance...
Steve, please, enough. Enough John Mayer. I agree he's talented, and when he wants to be, a fantatstic guitar player. But the stuff he sells is "get me poontang" generic crap. "Daughters". Pfeh.
On the other hand, I understand that Jimmy Page is free, and he seems to like da teknologee too. Think about it: John Mayer or Jimmy Page, who's going to pump people up more? Especially if you convince Jimmy to you know, bring 2-3 of his friends along.
I'm just sayin', Zeppelin rockin' the keynote? Who the fuck would CARE about announcements? Jobs could announce the audience was getting buggered by Bill O'Reilly at that point and no one would blink.
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January 7, 2008
Damnit, mah brane broke
Okay, when Paul Murphy, (not even a 'person') is calling people out for writing bullshit about Apple, better get your lightning-proof shoes on.
Why do I say this?
Some famous Paul Murphy quotes:
Similarly, none of them mentioned ZFS or its relationship to “Time-machine”
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.Or his article comparing Mac OS X 10.5 to Linux when, in his own words:
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.Fucking priceless. Along with this stupidity:
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.Then there's this one, truly an Enderle moment:
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.And:
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.Along with:
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.Yet, now "Paul" is talking about how wrong the bullshit that other people write about Apple is. OWW! Just thinking about it makes my brain cramp. I wonder if he thinks no one will notice the stupidity he wrote before...wait, of course he does, he writes for ZDvorakNet.
Remember folks: If it's ZDvorakNet, it's got to be crap!
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January 3, 2008
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Most times, change is good
Seeing this post on Daring Fireball, and especially this quote:
His legs — sleek, lightweight, and impressively dextrous — were inspiring and beautiful. And they were made using technology that simply did not exist when I was his age, one generation ago. Focus solely on current events and it’s all too easy to despair at the state of the world. But science and progress march ever forward, and the world is a better place today than it used to be.makes me realize just how right Gruber is, how profound his observations are.
I was born in 1967. Yes, I know, I'm almost 41. Ready for my ice floe. But reading things like Gruber's post reminds me that, for all the ways technology can run my life into the ground, it has consistently made the overall quality of life better. For example, my son just flew from Portland Oregon back to Kansas City, via San Jose, LA, and Vegas by himself. When I was his age, which is, 1980 or so, that would have meant someone sitting home, by the phone, while the other parent got him at the airport. No cell phones. If something went wrong, the only way to reach me would have been to call my house, have my wife give you my name, then page me via overhead speaker at the airport, so I could go to the desk. That's assuming I wasn't in the car on the way there. Think about that. What now takes a matter of seconds and almost no worry would have involved far more effort and worry. Plane delayed? One quick call lets me know he's okay. Plane gets in really early? Quick call.
People bitch about cell phones, and a lot of it is legitimate, but think of what cell phones give us: The ability to get help from almost anywhere. I know that when Alex was home alone, and younger, the knowledge that he could always call me was beyond comforting. I gripe about my cell phone, but the truth is, it's effectively indispensable. Cell phones save lives. They provide the comfort of knowing that loved ones are never really ever out of touch. They're not perfect, but annoyance aside, you'd be hard - pressed to find legitimate reason to call cell phones A Bad Thing.
I think it's so ingrained in human nature to grump about things, (remember folks, I'm an expert), that we forget all the ways that things get better because of science and its quest to learn more about things. Kids graduating college today have grown up with AIDS. It's a fact of life, hell, it's almost background noise. Condoms are simply a way of life. There's still no cure or vaccine, but its behavior is understood to the point that avoiding it is pretty damned simple. If you do get it, there are palliatives that allow you to live a pretty normal life.
Well, I graduated high school in 1984, when AIDS was new, shiny, and utterly fucking terrifying. It is hard, maybe impossible to describe the fear that AIDS caused when it was first discovered. People would flip OUT if they got bit by a mosquito. You want to have sex? Please to be telling me your sexual history first. The homosexual community was even worse off, (dude, people thought you could get it just by standing near a gay person), and ironically, the Haitian community was in fear too, as for a while, they were right up there with homosexuals as identified carriers. Getting surgery meant you gave your OWN blood, because there were people getting it on a regular basis from blood transfusions. It took a few years to understand AIDS, how to detect it, how to avoid it, how you could and just as importantly, could not catch it. But until that happened, there was fear and plenty of it.
The medical and scientific communities hunkered down, and worked like dogs to understand what was going on. They did what they do best, refused to give in to hysteria, and so now, over twenty years later, AIDS is still a very real danger, but it is a manageable one.
Try to imagine diagnosing cancer and other diseases without them. Those weren't around when I was born. Detecting cancer "early" was a very different world in 1967. Cancer at that time was the death sentence that AIDS is now, and every bit as scary. Even for other stuff, think about this: how did doctors send x-rays and other information around?
There were no other options. If I were to show you what Fax machines were capable of when I was born, you'd wonder if I lived in a cave. Go bitch about the Internet to someone else when you realize how easy it is for the medical community to share information because of it. That "ebul internet" that people bitch about on Oprah and the other idiot collectives? That shit saves lives man. Not in a "Man Saved From Choking in Local Restaurant" kind of way, but it saves lives nonetheless.
On and on and on. Yeah, technology can annoy the shit out of you, but even when people "get away from it all", they really aren't. Lemme show you the state of the art for camping gear in the late 60s/early 70s. After you lug that shit around for a week in the great piney woods, you'll kiss technology on the fucking lips man.
You want to bitch about how hard it is to work on cars these days? Dude, the idea that you can drive a car for over a hundred thousand miles and all you ever have to do is basic maintenance? Change fluids, new tires, standard recommended checkups, and that's it? That was a pipe dream in the 60s and 70s. People didn't work on their cars because they wanted to, they worked on them because they had no choice. No CAD, no CAM, all that shit done by hand and so prone to human error, you never bought a car built on a monday or a friday. When "wednesday" is a quality point, you know something's fucked up. Ask someone like Chuck Goolsbee about the joys of a 1960s auto. Chuck loves his E-type, but he sure as shit doesn't use it as his primary car. He'd be even more nuts than he already is.
We all roll our eyes when the geezers pull out "back in my day", because well, that shit is boring for the most part. Yeah, even geezers like me do it when the real geezers start up. But, it's important to look at how things used to be.
Gruber talks about how that young boy would have not been walking and running and playing so easily when he was a boy.
Well, when I was a boy, that kid would have lived in a wheel chair, and had half a life to go along with his half a body.
Tell me again that we don't need science and technology. Every step that kid takes proves how wrong you'll be.
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January 2, 2008
Dear IBM DB2 Team
If I ever get my foot in range of your 'nads, you are going to be crying.
I am genuinely curious why, on your overpriced piece of shit UDB, I cannot do something that I do with *ease* in MySQL, namely back up a database from machine A and restore it to machine B. This is not rocket science. You even have a (useless) wizard for it. I can back up...usually, but I cannot restore. Command Line, GUI, none of it works, and your error messages are worse than useless.
You know, looking at this shining pile of enterprise software, Apple's incursions into the enterprise make sense.
I hate you all.
IBM, IBM DB2, DB2 is a shitpile and its developers should all be kicked in the 'nads
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January 1, 2008
Yay, I didn't have to say it!
A big thank you to Matt Deatherage for pointing out the rather obvious dumb in Dave Winer's...well, whining about OMG, Apple took my Hard Drive!
My favorite part is here:
No, wait. This is stupid. This is not a security issue because Apple keeps dead drives for remanufacturing, both on paid replacements and under warranty. This is Dave's "security issue" because Dave didn't expect to have to surrender the old drive while paying for the new drive.But the last two paragraphs really tie it up neatly:
But "huge security problem" because Dave let people he doesn't know see his unsecured data? No. It's your responsibility not to hand your unsecured data to people you don't know, and I can't possibly get worked up in the slightest over the idea that if you do hand your data to someone you don't know, then it's no longer in your control. That's the entire definition of "handing over unsecured data."Remember people, at some point, you have to engage your damned brain and think on a level that's a bit more complex than that of a friggin' squab.
The "problem" isn't that Apple kept his hard drive. The problem is that Dave handed his sensitive data to a third-party in the first place. You don't leave your router open out of an "expectation" that bad guys won't touch your network, and you don't hand your hard drive to third parties with the expectation that they'll decide not to look at it. This is not rocket science.
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