August 31, 2011
They're a shitty little rumor site with all the journalistic integrity of a horny lamprey. If you're quoting 9to5 Mac, save time, ask your cat. Or your last stool. Either will give you the same quality answer for less effort.
Come fucking at me Bro.| Comments ()
August 29, 2011
Macworld Expo MacIT Call for speakers
So, I've been late in getting this up, but, it's that time of year when you get a chance to get your ideas out in front of your peers in ways that don't involve mailing lists or posting articles you hope get read:
The Macworld Expo Mac IT call for speakers.
And this year, Mac IT is more of a standalone conference than ever. I mean, if you caught my interview with Paul Kent about this on Angry Mac Bastards, you know it's a different story this year. Mac IT is getting the best chance to shine it's had in years, and it's not just for technical issues.
Are you a developer working on applications that can show off some of the neater things you can do with the OS? Tell us about it.
Are you in IT management, dealing with the "fun" parts of running a Mac-based, or even better, a multi-platform network with a Mac/iOS presence? Tell us about it, and how you're doing that.
Are you going to be deploying iOS devices? Want to talk about how you're going to do that deployment, or how you plan on managing them? Dude, we so want to listen.
Working on ways to manage Lion in your network?
Dealing with security issues?
Dealing with people issues?
Look, I know the modern thought is you don't need to be in the same room any more. There are people who are convinced that Goto Meeting and the rest can replace travel.
They can augment it, but they cannot replace the experience, not even close. They can't even begin to replace the knowledge you get by being able to talk at length and leisure with your cohorts about the issues you, or they are having. I have, over the years, collected rather a large list of people I know in the industry. I didn't do it via mailing lists and the like. I did it at Macworld Expo, at the WWDC. I did it in person in hallways, in restaurants, in bars.
To this day, I can still get more in twenty minutes of conversation in a vaguely quiet corner than I can ever get from a screencast. It's no contest.
But this doesn't happen in a vacuum. We, (the Mac IT committee) needs people to come and stand on a stage for an hour or so, and share knowledge. People like you. We need you to provide that content.
If you have any questions about any of this, I'm easy to get ahold of. But I'm not psychic. Mac IT is as good as you want it to be.| Comments ()
August 24, 2011
Enjoy your life, enjoy your dreams, however large or small they may be. You've earned the right to do whatever the fuck you want, even if that is nothing more than sitting in your back yard and telling the world to piss off.| Comments ()
August 21, 2011
Just like you know that someone railing about the evils of TEH GAI is sure as shit sucking rentboy cock with a meth chaser, I guaranfuckingtee you that someone who rails about OMG, YOU SNUCK SOFTWARE ONTO MY PRECIOUS MACHINE is eventually going to do the same fucking thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, Asa Fucking Dotzler, of Firefox who was so very, very, upset that Apple was "sneaking" sofwtare onto his machine, because Apple DARED default to installing stuff onto his windows stuff when he checked for an update. Because that was bad right? And we can rest assured that Asa, because he thinks this is bad, would never, EVER do anything even similar with Firefox, right?
Oh please, like you expect some fucking freetard schmuck to live up to the standards he pushes on everyone else.
So just now, since I'm in IT, and have to live on the bleeding edge, I go into Firefox 5.0.1, open the "About" window, and click "Check for updates", like it shows in this nice screenshot:
(Note I am no longer running FF 5.0.1)
Now, let's be clear on what I expected from Mr. DON'T SNEAK SOFTWARE ONTO MY SYSTEM when I click a button that says "Check for updates":
- I expect that the application will make a connection across the Intenet to a server or servers set up by the vendor for updating
- I expect that some form of version comparison will be performed, and I will be notified that I do or do not have the latest version
- I expect that I will be given a choice about updating, when I manually check. Let's be clear here, I'm not talking about background updates, auto-updates and the rest. I'm talking about me manually clicking a button that says "CHECK".
Those are my expectations. I do not feel they are unreasonable.
What I do not expect, especially from Mr. DON'T SNEAK SOFTWARE ONTO MY SYSTEM is:
- That the update will be automatically downloaded onto my system, with no approval from me.
- That when I quit and reopen the application, the application will automatically be applied, with no approval from me.
But fuck you, Asa KNOWS BETTER. He knows better than you about everything.
You think you need to know the current version number in the "About" window?
Fuck you, ASA KNOWS BETTER.
You think "Check for updates" doesn't mean "download and install updates"?
Fuck you, ASA KNOWS BETTER.
Fucking dipshits like Asa bitch and moan about shit, then immediately do the same goddamned thing, and you know he's got a pile of bullshit justification for it as well, because ASA KNOWS BETTER. Fuck you Asa Dotzler, eat my ass.| Comments ()
August 15, 2011
At least it's an honest session description
So AMB submitted a session for SxSW:
You all know what to do...CRY HAVOC, AND LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF SMARTASSED MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!| Comments ()
August 12, 2011
eBook version is out
Go here: http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0132736039
you can finally get it. Note that I'm still working on lion-specific info, so updates will be coming.
August 8, 2011
Deviant art and DNS
So, my wife, like a lot of artists has a Deviant Art gallery and like a lot of artists, wanted to have her "real" domain name point at it. For some reason, DA's main tips involve some silly things with CNAMEs that don't even point to a specific gallery. Don't know why, don't care. Just forward your domain to your actual gallery, and you're golden. So "melissafindleyart.com" takes you to her gallery. Simple.| Comments ()
August 3, 2011
More on the Book
So the initial writing on the book is done, it's going into final prep for the ebook editions. Some points:
if the information on Lion seems kind of crammed in there, well, it was. I'm going to be doing a series of updates across the entire thing once it's actually released, so those of you who buy the initial ebook edition will be getting updates on 10.7 as fast as I can get them done. The advantage of ebooks, we can do that better.
The content about pre-10.7 will still be there, since that's still important to a lot of folks as well.
I'm also working, (or going to be very shortly) working on getting iOS 5 info in. Once iOS 5 is released, then the paper version of the book will come out. I'm not going to say which version is better, it all depends on the person. I get paid for sales, not only paper or only ebook, so I've no interest in making one rock and the other suck. They all come from the same source, the paper version is more of a snapshot.
I like the idea of updates as needed, it makes the book more of a 'living' document that will be of use for longer than a static document.| Comments ()
So, I was watching a video of session on "Communicating Atheism" on YouTube, featuring Aron Ra, Rebecca Watson, Melchiorre, who talked at length about the history of the Civil Rights movement without knowing fuck all about it, (Tip: Malcom X did not start the Black Panthers. Most of your other "facts" were bullshit too), and Richard Dawkins. Rebecca Watson contributed fuck all nothing on the topic but went off on some personal tangent about how Paula Kirby is hurting feminism, or whatever the fuck. She's a New Media Douchebag, I don't have the patience to pay attention to her twaddling any more than I have to.
So that leaves Aron Ra and Dawkins, who both ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THE TOPIC. (I guess in the Skeptical/Atheist community, this is a good panel? In the rest of the world, it means you leave early and annoyed because they just fucked you out of an hour.) They both talked about confronting the religious, how you don't have to give their beliefs special accord and how there's nothing wrong with pointing out the blatant falsehoods and bullshit in religion. If you know anything about either man, you pretty much already know what they said, if you don't, they're both really fascinating and quite humorous.
However, were I to distill their talks down to the bare points, they both said kind of the same thing:
Religion sucks because it's bullshit and a lie and the best way to communicate atheism is to flog them or overwhelm them with facts, and they'll see the light, and how awesome atheists and atheism are.
Well, um, no. They won't, but not because they're stupid or brainwashed. They won't because I honestly think neither man has any clue as to the depth of what they're advocating people to do.
Religion has a lot of problems, huge ones, which is why I'm a member of none of them. (I'm not saying I'm an atheist either. My relationship with the universe is my own fucking business.) But, they also do a lot of things right, especially the community aspect. For example, my boss, who is a deacon, a baptist, and a science geek. (seriously. He says "OF COURSE evolution is real, THEY HAVE THE FOSSILS AND THE PROOF!" I dig that about him.) When he talks about folks in his chuch's congregation who have run into hard times, it's never in the "man, that sucks" way. It's in the "they hit some hard times, so we were busy helping out." way. Someone has a family member die? People show up at their door bearing food, and hugs, and a willing ear. Having a baby? Baskets of useful shit show up. Lost your job? Help is on the way. There's no doubt as to the source, it's a two-word phrase: "My Church".
This is something that, I think, a lot of the skeptic/atheist community overlooks, or dismisses. Not all of them, Abbie Smith of ERV touched on this, lightly, when she talked about how all skeptic/atheist meetups don't have to happen in a bar as part of another post:
Furthermore, having low-stress, kid-friendly activities has helped the OKC Atheists grow exponentially-- picnics, trips to zoos and museums, meet-ups at a pizza place instead of a bar, etc. Weve gotten so big we actually had to make a break-off 'secular parenting' group (though all are still welcome if they are doing something cool and you want to tag along).
You want more members?
Have more low-intimidation, social meet-ups. Not every skeptic group has to meet in a pub. Not every meeting needs to be a lecture. Yes, karaoke nights at a bar are my favorite, but something as small as a few 'kid friendly' events, or day-care for day-long events goes a fuckovalong way to generating a warm, welcoming group.
That's a good start, because shocker, atheists and skeptics have families too, and like to feel that their entire families are welcome, not just the drinking age parts. But I think it needs to go farther. Set aside the (always enjoyable) ridiculing of religion, and ask yourselves: "Do we provide an alternative that is at least as good?" Remember, you're not just asking people to give up a belief in a sky god. You're asking them to walk away from a community that may seem fucked up to y'all, but is important, really important to them. In all too many parts of this country, leaving religion means becoming an outcast from family and friends. It can mean the loss of employment, or the removal of children from a private school. In some parts of the world, it may put you and your family at risk of harm or death. How is the atheist/skeptic community prepared to step in to help with that? Have you thought about a "bad times" fund, so when a local resident, regardless of affiliation, hits some rough patches, you can immediately help. If someone is cast out from their family for leaving religion, how can you help?
(If you want a real instance of just how important religion can be in the community sense, remember that in the early days of the modern civil rights movement in the US, local *churches* and religious groups were on the front fucking lines, getting attacked, shot, blown up and burned up. Dismissing the good that local religious groups have done in a rush to mock their beliefs or point out how wrong they are, is not only ignorant, but insulting to the memories of people who died trying to make the world a better place for all. Don't do that.)
I'm not saying that Atheist/Skeptic groups have some moral imperative to replace all the functions of religion in the US or elsewhere, but they do have a moral and ethical imperative to seriously think about this, and not just dismiss it out of hand. Telling someone that they'll have the satisfaction of being right doesn't erase the sadness that happens on their first Christmas or Chaunakah or Ramadan or what have you as an outcast. The warmth of being on the right side of an argument doesn't produce new friends for kids who don't understand why they not only can't play with their friends anymore, but why their friends and their friends parents are now saying mean things about them, or ignoring their existence. I'm not exaggerating about the loneliness. Even as an adult, I would see that community in action, and wish I was a part of something like that. It's pretty goddamned nice to know that when something happens, people will be there to help, because that's what they're supposed to do. Intellectual superiority doesn't make up for Christmas day alone in North Dakota, two thousand miles from home, and no one to hang out with because it's a family day, and you ain't in it. It sucked and I never had a lot of anything going on regarding Xmas and birthdays growing up. For someone for whom this kind of thing is a big deal? I can't imagine what it's like to suddenly have that gone.
So maybe I am saying that if you're going to encourage someone to make a huge life-changing decision to your way of thinking, yeah, you do bear some responsibility to help them dodge the fallout, and rebuild potentially huge chunks of their lives. It doesn't have to be a fancy job, or a new car.
Maybe it's just showing up at their house, with some food, hugs, and a willing ear. Or an invite to hang out at the local dog park. Maybe it's calling them on a friday night and inviting them and their family over for some board games and company. Maybe it's finding local atheists and skeptics with kids who can set up play dates, and help find good schools that don't care about their (now) lack of religious beliefs. Maybe it's just talking to them about how being an atheist doesn't mean they have to give up all the good parts of the local religious community, because hey, we may not believe in God(s), but we're not uncaring jerks. We still help each other out, it's not all lectures and lawsuits. We have a real, functional, caring community too, and we want you as a part of it.
Smugly pointing out the outcast issue as yet more proof of how much religion sucks does nothing, not a single thing to help the people in the middle of it. You want people to consider your way as better, (and face it, that's why you're "communicating atheism": you think it's better. If you didn't, you would just do your thing and not give a fuck about what someone else does), then you have to make sure it is better, and that takes more than verbose blog posts liberally strewn with sarcasm. It takes actual work and effort and caring and all the rest. It takes understanding that there's more to community than the random donation of money for <cause>. It takes a lot of understanding about the non-religious reasons people have for being part of a church, and how those are actually pretty damned handy.
It takes understanding that there's more to life than being right.| Comments ()