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May 6th, 2011

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April 30th, 2011

Todays restart is because Apple has issued a font update.

Naturally, this requires a restart. After all, what could possibly be more critical to the core of a BSD operating system, than ... fonts?

I'm sure Linux users worldwide are laughing their asses off at this point, wonder what it is about Macintosh that is so fucking retarded, it cannot restart the GUI without rebooting the entire operating system. Not to mention, why should one even have to restart the GUI, for a font update?

Truly fucking pathetic, Apple - even Windows Millennium never had to be restarted for a reason this crappy.

August 21st, 2009

Previously Viewed. No shit.

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Frequently, when I insert a Netflix disc, in addition to launching the Apple DVD player, it will alert me that the disc has been previously viewed.

Yeah, no shit. Its from Netflix. Chances are if the movie doesn't suck, someone else has rented it, right? ;-)

August 11th, 2009

Fucking IPv6 strikes again

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QUICK SUMMARY:IPv6 has been ruined by spam (see the error log..) before most people even get to try it out, myself included. See the log? I don't think I'll miss out on adprotraffic.com, which is the kind of garbage that IPv6 promises a whole new slew of - in fact, it's apparently already waiting! New bugs, new security holes, and still not a single significant website or feature on the Internet that I actually need it for communicating with... it's pure shit.

IPv6, a "feature" that is "supported" by Apple, was disabled almost right away when I got this mac.

Why? It crashes the router's DNS. Apparently Apple's version of it also used to crash the DNS of some ISPs (LOL, the shit you find in Google!) even.

...and for what? Its not supported by any of the infrastructure anywhere near here, other than experimental shit at the university. As of today (still, two years later!) pretty much nobody in America needs IPv6.

Anyways, apparently this crap is catching on as a "backup" with some websites, mostly large multinational corporations (who fully support IPv4 and will probably for the remainder of anyone's lifetime, just like they still use paper and even FAX, which is oddly even more obsolete than paper) and the occasional oddball foreign spam site.

So yeah, turns out the DNS doesn't seem to care that the kernel isn't actively supporting it, because it was trying to look up garbage like this:
06-Aug-2009 20:40:57.882 host unreachable resolving 'penix.nl/A/IN': 2001:500:2e::1#53
06-Aug-2009 20:40:59.045 host unreachable resolving 'adprotraffic.com/A/IN': 2001:503:a83e::2:30#53
06-Aug-2009 20:40:59.045 host unreachable resolving 'adprotraffic.com/A/IN': 2001:503:231d::2:30#53
06-Aug-2009 20:58:57.781 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:240::53#53
06-Aug-2009 20:58:57.781 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:240::53#53
06-Aug-2009 21:28:10.613 host unreachable resolving 'ns1.debut.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:2f::f#53
06-Aug-2009 21:29:32.737 host unreachable resolving 'www.facebook.jp/A/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
06-Aug-2009 21:29:32.737 host unreachable resolving 'www.facebook.jp/A/IN': 2001:dc2::1#53
06-Aug-2009 21:29:32.737 host unreachable resolving 'www.facebook.jp/A/IN': 2001:502:d399::245#53
06-Aug-2009 22:03:26.023 host unreachable resolving 'pod17.prospero.com/A/IN': 2001:503:a83e::2:30#53
06-Aug-2009 22:03:28.048 host unreachable resolving 'ns1.mydyndns.org/A/IN': 2001:500:e::1#53
06-Aug-2009 22:03:28.049 host unreachable resolving 'ns1.mydyndns.org/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:e::1#53
06-Aug-2009 22:03:28.049 host unreachable resolving 'ns2.mydyndns.org/A/IN': 2001:500:40::1#53
06-Aug-2009 22:03:28.049 host unreachable resolving 'ns2.mydyndns.org/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:40::1#53
06-Aug-2009 22:08:57.976 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:2f8:0:100::153#53
06-Aug-2009 22:08:57.976 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:2f8:0:100::153#53
06-Aug-2009 23:08:59.407 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
06-Aug-2009 23:08:59.789 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:26.644 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:dc3::35#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.039 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:500:1::803f:235#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.039 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:500:3::42#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.040 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:500:2f::f#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.040 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:503:c27::2:30#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.040 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:7fd::1#53
07-Aug-2009 00:58:27.041 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/ANY/IN': 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53
07-Aug-2009 01:37:00.760 host unreachable resolving 'gss1.dfw.xpc-mii.net/A/IN': 2001:503:231d::2:30#53
07-Aug-2009 01:37:00.760 host unreachable resolving 'gss1.dfw.xpc-mii.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:503:231d::2:30#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.808 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:502:d399::245#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.808 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:502:d399::245#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.809 host unreachable resolving 'nstd01.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:240::53#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.809 host unreachable resolving 'nstd01.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:240::53#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.809 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:240::53#53
07-Aug-2009 03:48:58.809 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:240::53#53
07-Aug-2009 04:29:04.101 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/A/IN': 2001:dc3::35#53
07-Aug-2009 04:29:04.486 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/A/IN': 2001:7fd::1#53
07-Aug-2009 04:29:04.486 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/A/IN': 2001:500:3::42#53
07-Aug-2009 04:29:04.486 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/A/IN': 2001:500:1::803f:235#53
07-Aug-2009 04:29:04.486 host unreachable resolving 'wpad/A/IN': 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.002 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:502:d399::245#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.002 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:502:d399::245#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.003 host unreachable resolving 'nstd01.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.003 host unreachable resolving 'nstd01.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.003 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/A/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53
07-Aug-2009 04:58:59.003 host unreachable resolving 'nstd00.mesh.ad.jp/AAAA/IN': 2001:dc4::1#53

Seriously, what the fuck is this crap doing on my IPv4 network in the first place? I wonder which of my dipshit neighbors is loading those sites. Oh well, it's not me. Whoever it is, if they notice anything different, it'll be that whatever used to work will work faster.

See, the thing is, neither the router nor any of the significant backbone providers serve IPv6 anyways. I just wish they'd also do us the favor of sorting these bullshit replies out entirely.

So I had to edit a file and add -4 to it:

  new contents of:
/System/Library/StartupItems/BIND/BIND
#!/bin/sh
. /etc/rc.common

if [ "${DNSSERVER}" = "-YES-" ]; then
ConsoleMessage "Starting BIND DNS Server"
/usr/sbin/named -4
fi

July 28th, 2009

Sigh ...

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July 16th, 2009

So I'm reading the news this morning and as it turns out, Apple fucked the entire Mac family RIGHT UP THE ASS for no purpose other than to rape anyone who happened to buy a Palm Pilot instead of one of those crappy phones they offer - phones that would remain pieces of shit no matter how well Apple made them simply because they only work with the extremely crappy AT&T network.

So the reboot was really necessary as a way to disable hardware, and it was labeled as coming from the Safari part of the update instead of the iTunes part of the update to conceal the fact that this was going on. Assholes.

I miss the Apple of the late 1980s and very early 1990s that gave us awesome tools to use our Macs any way we wanted, tools like ResEdit.

Subjecting every customer to a corporate sponsored denial of service attack just for the sake of engaging in anticompetitive business practices is a fucking outrage.

Didn't Mac users used to whine and bitch that Microsoft's OS was only popular because they did this sort of crap? Next time I hear a Mac user say something like that as a means of suggesting a Mac is somehow better, I'm going to throw a fucking pie in their face, same as was done to Bill Gates back in the day.

From http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090716/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_apple_palm_pre
SAN FRANCISCO -

Apple Inc. has shut down one of the most compelling features on Palm Inc.'s rival Pre smart phone, crippling the Pre's ability to act like an iPod.

Users of the recently released Pre had been able to put music on it by using Apple's free iTunes software — a unique twist for a device not made by Apple. But Apple updated iTunes on Wednesday to block this feature.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the update "disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre."

Palm spokeswoman Leslie Letts said Apple's move is a "direct blow to their users, who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience." For a workaround, she noted, Pre owners can stick to the older version of iTunes, move music from computers to a Pre with a USB cable or consider third-party music applications.

The iTunes software smackdown is the latest example of tensions brewing between Apple and Palm, which since June has been led by the former executive behind the iPod, Jon Rubinstein. Rubinstein became Palm's executive chairman in October 2007.

The $200 Pre includes a "multi-touch" screen like Apple's iPhone, letting users do things like pinch photos to zoom in and out. Apple was granted a patent in January related to certain multi-touch functions, though the effects on Palm are unclear.

Avian Securities analyst Matthew Thornton said Apple's move to squash the Pre's iTunes function could turn off some people looking to buy the Pre, since they might have considered the device as a way to consolidate their music player and cell phone.

Still, "it's not like 10 out of every 10 people who buy a Pre are going to use the device for their MP3 player," he said.


Right. I hope someone DDoS's Apple's entire fucking domain for the next month or so. It'll keep those of us with Mac's from being attacked like this again, second, maybe it'll teach 'em a lesson. After all, It's not like 10 out of every 10 business transactions Apple conducts flow thru their website, right?
My wife, pokedexquest, was unable to access the Pokémon GTS last night because Safari - a mere web browser - requires the entire computer to be rebooted for a lousy update.

Each time, apparently. Last night, the mac never made it thru the reboot. I have no idea why but when I turned on the screen this morning, it was all grey with a spinner in the middle, same as it would be right when turned on. I thought "oh, shit", turned the mac back off and on again, and everything magically worked.

Why the fuck does a Unix workstation need to be rebooted to update a web browser? That's just fucking stupid. Its every bit as insane as Windows was before Microsoft got XP released.

Of course with the fucking "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" being a part of every monthly update you end up rebooting XP anyways unless you unselect it, but thats besides the point.

Apple changed OS support about a month after I purchased this machine, and I wonder.. do they make people with 10.5 reboot this often too? Or are they saving that mistreatment until OSX 10.6 comes out?

July 8th, 2009

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Apparently the Whitecap iTunes visualizer is so incredibly bad-ass awesome to stare at, you could have a seizure.



I think in 1982, this was called "having a rap attack".

February 2nd, 2009

OK, it's pretty neat to be able to see a list of all the songs I've ever hit "Skip" on.

Even better, I can filter the list so it only contains songs that are still checked to actually play ...

But, that doesn't change the fact that (especially with more than one person in the home) eventually, every single track is bound to get skipped at least once. Sometimes, you just aren't in the mood, ya know?

What I'd really like to see is another option that shows the ratio between the number of times skipped, and the number of times played.

That way, say for example when I play a song I recently bought half a dozen times in a short loop (recently purchased) and skip it some of the time to hear another, I don't end up putting songs that I actually like enough to buy straight to the top of what otherwise is more or less supposed to be the "automatic shit-list function".

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In other news, I bought "Farewell to Slavianka" from Amazon.com as a 256kb MP3 file because the version I wanted on iTunes was only available in a format crippled by Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). Oh yeah, it was only $0.89 too, instead of $0.99.

iTunes Plus has been around for a long while now guys. If Amazon.com can sell the file unprotected, so can you - the artist and company obviously isn't withholding it from the Internet due to copyright paranoia. Get your shit together Apple, and start getting rid of that copy-protected crap.

I would have paid the extra ten cents to get an unprotected AAC file, they really do sound slightly better... but the idea of a file that will never, ever play anywhere other than on an iPod, iTunes-blessed computer, or $500 cellphone is extremely repulsive to me.

January 29th, 2009

I don't know if this problem still exists in OSX 10.5 - hopefully not, but it might?

I automatically downloaded an MP3. It saved with the entire extension, including the garbage after the ? that the web server on the other end needed.

When I try to change the end of the name to .mp3 instead of the mess I had, I got this popup:



Oops! Arrow keys don't work, the only way out is to keep the existing file.

Once again, I'm stuck using the unholy COMMAND LINE on my Macintosh...

mv 200135320_S64.mp3\?e\=1233269155\&h\=be87cefbe9b07d9d1ede71855e095956 200135320_S64.mp3

Now, the file works.
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