April 29, 2009
Maybe if that team hadn't crapped on their Mac users for the last ten years or so, I'd feel bad for them. But right now?
Adobe Acrobat Team = Annoying
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April 23, 2009
Wait, it wasn't a joke?
Baby Shaker was a REAL app?
If there is an afterlife, Andy Kaufman is PISSING himself from laughing so hard. I guarantee you, if he were still alive, he'd be paying people to create gobs of crap like that, just to watch the hysteria.| Comments ()
April 21, 2009
What's in that?
That's something I know I've wanted to have available for some time now, so good on them for providing it.
Adobe Installer Team
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April 17, 2009
Why is it...
That I'm not a Christian, yet it's my job to keep track of the differences between the "good" ones and the "bad" ones and not let the "bad" ones ruin it for me?
That I'm not a Libertarian, yet I should stand up for the moderates against the whackaloons, when they won't?
That I'm not a Republican, yet it's my job to remember that there is more to that party than BushCo/Cheney/Palin/Coulter/Limbaugh/Malkin/A Crazy Cast of Millions?
That I'm not a muslim, yet I'm not supposed to let the acts of a few tar the rest.
There's all these groups whose images are perverted by a few fucknuts who get all the press, but the people who are supposedly the "silent" majority only speak up when someone outside their group calls them out on some bullshit?
Listen folks, if you're pissed off at how I see your groups, it's your fucking job to fix that image, not mine. It's your fucking job to change the press you get, and to give me new data to base my opinions on, not mine.
If you want people not in your group to have a better opinion of your group, then DO YOUR OWN GODDAMNED WORK FOR A FUCKING CHANGE, AND STOP WHINING AT ME ABOUT IT!
If moderate Christians can't be fucking bothered to more actively out-shout and out-PR the Phelpsian whackaloons, then don't get your dicks bent when people associate them with you. The same for all the rest of you dipshits whining that 'you shouldn't tar so many good people with the actions of a few'. Fuck off, stop the few from defining your fucking group already.
But if you can't be bothered to do your own fucking work, do not even think that whining that I should do this work for you is a good option.
Because then, not only are you lazy, but you start looking like cowards.| Comments ()
April 16, 2009
Fuck the Teabag parties
Lemme just say somethin' here.
I grew up poor. Not "living in a box" poor, but not always far from it either. My mom, at the HEIGHT of her earning power, around 1986, took home around $600 a month. My dad had been mangled in a car accident in 1978, and for a variety of reasons, some stupid, never really recovered from it. We had some bad debt incurred trying to help out a friend.
There were many times when the only reason I had chicken on my rice, or sometimes, even rice, was because of Food Stamps. My mom worked up until the day she went on Social Security, and yet, sometimes we needed help. My country was there for us. My fellow citizens, not so much. I vividly remember my mom stopping me from going medieval on the ass of some redneck jackass who called her "a lazy bitch who should get a fucking job and not be a welfare sponge on the back of good working people" like him. She yanked me back and said "People like that are so sad and pathetic on their own, we don't need to do anything to help them. Ignore them, and they'll go away". This was on the way home from her job. We walked. Because we didn't have a car.
Every morning my Mom woke up, and either walked or if she worked far enough from home, took a bus or two to work. But mostly she walked. In Miami. Then she'd walk home. If we had to get groceries, we carried them. we lived about a mile from the nearest grocery store. That's how she rolled.
But when times got too tight and her family needed food, even though we had no money for it, she'd swallow her pride and ask her country for help. By and large, she got it.
When I was a 19-year-old fuckup who had flunked out of college because getting drunk on South Beach was more important than studying, I made a deal with my country. It'd help me pull my head out of my ass, feed me, give me a place to live, and I'd go live in North Dakota and work on B-1Bs. I wasn't happy about the ND part, but such is life.
When *I* needed it, my country was there for me.
My entire life, I've had to be independent. Only child, my dad died before I was 30, my mom died when I was 32. There was no will. No endowment, no trust. Just some pictures, a set of Indy 500 glasses, and a shitpot of stubborn and attitude.
When I've needed help, that last resort, my country, has always been there.
The last few years, the last decade really, has been good to me. I'm making more money than my parents ever DREAMED of making. I have a nice place to live. If I choose to buy my house, as part of the ND deal, my country will be there and help me get that house, and guarantee that if I can't, they'll pay that debt, even though it's not theirs.
So if you think for one minute, that I'm going to whine and bitch and complain because I'm not only expected to pay TAXES but pay MORE because I'm doing well, you're fucking stupid. No one likes taxes, and we could do a better job with them...but a long time ago, someone else's taxes put food in my belly. Less long ago, someone's taxes helped me become more than I would have ever been on my own.
Bitch about it being my turn to step up and maybe pay so that someone else gets what they need to become more? Fuck that shit.
This country has been too good to me for me to pay it back by being a whiny, petty, cheap, shithead at a teabag party.| Comments ()
Making it worse
Something that I've been too busy to rag about properly:
Dear Adobe Acrobat Team: (Yes, I know, another dirty hippie Mac user thinking we have rights. What can I say, we're all delusional like that) While I am glad to see that the Reader 9.X is an installer, and would give you a cookie for that, the fact that it's really just a Package Installer wrapper around your bullshit iNosso crapware and so won't work with anything makes me take that cookie back, stomp on it, piss on the crumbs, bury the crumbs in Love Canal, and sow salt on the burial site.
LYING to us about the installer is actually a worse crime than using some obviously proprietary installer, because at least with a proprietary installer, we know it's dicked up, and that we'll have to do extra work. When you LIE to us about it, we think it's all good, do a mass push, then wonder why nothing was installed.
Why did you even fucking bother? Was it just "hey, they're too stupid to notice and there's no real IT on the Mac anyway, so all that shit about mass installs with management tools is just bullshit anyway" or did you really think that we'd somehow not notice that your installer wasn't installing? Or are you just stupid enough to think that what you did made it an actual native installer.
I know, I know, Adobe Acrobat, fuck you stupid mac user, you're lucky to get Reader at all. But if you're going to be evil, then be evil and lazy, and stop doing extra work just to fuck with us, okay?
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April 13, 2009
Under the "I think this will create a vortex" heading...
Actual AppleScript command from iWeb's Dictionary:
add page if there are no pages
add page if there are no pages (verb)adds a new page if there are no pages (from the iWeb suite)
Is it just me, or are Apple's application teams leading the charge for really shitty scripting dictionaries lately. Hey guys, how about, before you release a dictionary with stupid-assed Klein Bottle syntax like that, you MAYBE, just MAYBE go walk over and talk to the fucking core scripting folks?
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April 9, 2009
You key your USB extension cables so they can only be used with your keyboards? Why would you go through that much trouble to do something petty and fucking stupid?| Comments ()
April 6, 2009
Stupid Cert Tricks
So, like a lot of people, I have a need to get certs into people's keychains in a hurry, without having to do it the hard way, for things like SSL'd ichats. Yes, we use self-signed certs internally, so we wanted to avoid things like error dialogs, etc.
To add a cert into the system keychain and have it trusted, you use /usr/bin/security, and a cert in DER or PEM format:
sudo /usr/bin/security add-trusted-cert -d -r trustRoot -k /Library/Keychains/System.keychain /path/to/exported/certfile
This is in the man page for security, but it's less than clear no how to set it up. I ended up finding the syntax on a LANRev support article, so I figured this should help get it out into the great Google database a little better.
NOTE: This won't work under 10.4.x, as security doesn't have the add-trusted-cert option.| Comments ()
Contest for .edu types
If anyone out there works for or with a .edu org, y'all should check out this contest put on by Aqua Connect and BOSaNOVA.
Disclaimer: I've known the Aqua Connect folks for a while now, done some testing for them. I like their product, and I like what they're trying to do with it, and the better they do, the more product they have to make my life easier. But if you know anything about Terminal Services on Windows, and want the same kind of thing on the Mac, Aqua Connect is your friend.
Basically, the winner gets a 20-client connection license for Aqua Connect Terminal Serve with a year of maintenance, and 20 BOSaNOVA thin clients.
The applications are due by May 31st, and the winners will be notified in June. See the site for more details.| Comments ()
April 3, 2009
To everyone surprised at MacHeist's Twitter Spam Schtick...
Really? That surprised you at all?
Pray tell, HOW?
I'd say given their past, it's about as surprising as gravity.| Comments ()
April 2, 2009
How I spent thursday night
Fun times. Everyone's okay, but oy vey!| Comments ()