― Fish fingers all in a line (kenan), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link
― adam.r.l. (nordicskilla), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:41 (fifteen years ago) link
Apple replaced my new iBook's motherboard while I was in Japan. That's hundreds of dollars worth, at no charge to me. Of course, it shouldn't have failed within six months in the first place...
― Momus (Momus), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:41 (fifteen years ago) link
― Miss Misery (thatgirl), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link
― ffirehorse (firehorse), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link
― adam.r.l. (nordicskilla), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link
That's why they charge you double upfront!
― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:43 (fifteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:43 (fifteen years ago) link
― The Argunaut (sexyDancer), Friday, 4 March 2005 22:44 (fifteen years ago) link
Because I don't believe in a company making you pay for a warantee that should be offered for free upfront. I was under the impression that a one-year warantee meant that if something goes wrong in the first year, they actually fix the thing, not put you on the phone with several douchebags who are trying to sell you additional warantees.
Shit, when the first warantee doesn't seem to work, why would I want to buy another one?
― jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 4 March 2005 23:53 (fifteen years ago) link
But it does sound like you have a problem with your serial number, Jay.
― Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 5 March 2005 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 5 March 2005 00:06 (fifteen years ago) link
― jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 5 March 2005 00:16 (fifteen years ago) link
tho when i was waiting there, i did see todd oldham.
― hstencil (hstencil), Saturday, 5 March 2005 00:20 (fifteen years ago) link
― biznotic, Saturday, 5 March 2005 02:10 (fifteen years ago) link
― RJG (RJG), Saturday, 5 March 2005 02:36 (fifteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Saturday, 5 March 2005 06:51 (fifteen years ago) link
― TOMBOT, Saturday, 5 March 2005 20:08 (fifteen years ago) link
― amandasc, Saturday, 5 March 2005 20:38 (fifteen years ago) link
― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Saturday, 5 March 2005 22:12 (fifteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Saturday, 5 March 2005 22:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― Orbit (Orbit), Sunday, 6 March 2005 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link
My tech experience with Apple has been sensational. A friend called me today to tell me that his mini iPod was replaced in less than five business days, and he also got the new generation mini in place of his old one that had died. No charge.
I've dealt with Dell and Gateway and their CSRs are no better than Apple's. HPs can blow me, they've sucked.
― don weiner, Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:22 (fifteen years ago) link
the desktop I have at work running XP has been up and alive for 2 years with barely any reboots. It does everything I want it to do, does it quickly, and I can navigate painlessly without ever touching the mouse if I feel like it.
I was raised on Apple and my first job was DTP on a Mac, followed by audio editing on a Mac, more DTP, and so on. OS 7+ had more than its share of problems and stupid quirks but the hardware was rock solid and at least its behavior was predictable.
Since getting my latest-edition powerbook I've put it through little more than I ever tried to do with my old OS
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 17:18 (fifteen years ago) link
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link
My old Quadra used to have a TV Tuner in it and be able to do image captures from live cable broadcasts, then I could import them into my cheap, incredibly easy to use paint program and do whatever with them. I believe it cost approximately half of what my laptop did! My laptop lets me chat and surf the internet. And rip CDs.
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link
Well today it decided it wasn't going to wake up again, ever, as I'm being greeted with a totally white screen.
What's funny is that like doing searches on my own to try to figure out wtf this computer is doing right now (I mean not even the sad face x-eye Mac or the question mark Mac! NOTHING AT ALL! WHITE SCREEN! I know how to handle the other things!), everyone who is reporting similar issues to me is like bitching about how they have all this important blah blah blah they were doing with the Mac prior hand. Is it that no one who has this failure who is only using their Mac for chat, porn, and MP3s can be bothered to get in on the discussions, or is it because they don't die if that's all you use it for? Because yeah, it seems like my sleep problem increases tenfold whenever I've been using my iBook more for writing or photo work. If all I've done on the damn thing is use iChat for two weeks, no problems whatsoever with starting it up, back when it, uh, started up.
What does this imply??? Is there like some inherent instability in the majority of the "native" programs that come bundled with OSX or is this just really fucked up coincidence?
Also it seems that this particular issue with the iBook G3 was so bad they threw the whole "your warranty is expired, give us $500" shenanigans out the window, and searching on this same issue with "Powerbook" has not given me the same results--ARE IBOOKS PIECES OF SHIT? wtf?
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 17:59 (fifteen years ago) link
*with the exception of my ancient PowerMac that I had when I was 14-15-16, which only died because my sister is a dick.
I am pretty close to deciding to become the female Punisher, except murdering computer firms, instead of bad guys.
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 18:02 (fifteen years ago) link
And then kind of ran away????
That was pretty funny.
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 18:10 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 14 March 2005 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link
― milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Monday, 14 March 2005 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link
― nathalie barefoot in the head (stevie nixed), Monday, 14 March 2005 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 18:47 (fifteen years ago) link
― sunburned and snowblind (kenan), Monday, 14 March 2005 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link
― RJG (RJG), Monday, 14 March 2005 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link
If Apple store in Clarendon cannot do anything for me worthwhile like, I will be coming back up to NYC and hitting u up on the favor, though. I like desperately, desperately need this to work ASAP.
Graphics are nonsense; I had that system and just customized the entire thing with graphics of my choice. Of my choice, since I was like 14 at the time, was like a bunch of lame ass Monty Python cartoons and/or Madonna album covers but what the fuck ever.
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 19:06 (fifteen years ago) link
You know what else? This lamp-shaped iMac is stupid. There's no reason the screen needs to be this adjustable, and in fact with an LCD screen that has color-shifting problems, it's best if it doesn't move at all. It's only to make the computer more anthropomorphic, more... cute. So people will fall in love with the computer like it's a kitten. Crafty to the point of being kinda evil.
― sunburned and snowblind (kenan), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:10 (fifteen years ago) link
I have thought, on a few occasions, that OS7/8/9's desktop was more customizable than OSX's.
Maybe they are trying too hard to make things look pretty or cute and not spending enough time on making things sensible and working, anymore.
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link
When I've been put off the G5 iMac as my next desktop computer because I hear too many stories about the power supply overheating thanks to them shoving everything in a thin white IKEA slab, it's time to reconsider the role "award-winning design" plays in your product development.
I kind of hate the OS X desktop. I have a menu bar, and a hard drive icon. I don't want a fucking DOCK, I never asked for a fucking DOCK, the whole rest of the computing world gets by without a DOCK. take that shit away and let me pick my own fonts. Dickholes.
― TOMBOT, Monday, 14 March 2005 19:18 (fifteen years ago) link
― allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link
In an office where multiple people are using the same computer and there's limited desk space the lamp iMacs have been terrific.
― Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:27 (fifteen years ago) link
Hold down the trackpad button on startup.
― Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:28 (fifteen years ago) link
I will be at a loss forever, though, as to why pressing F12 (the eject button) worked to eject The Marriage of Maria Braun not ten minutes earlier, but refused to work just now.
Any suggestions on the other stuff, besides setting the thing on fire?
― Allyzay, Monday, 14 March 2005 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link
― Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link
Font management/selection/preview is atrocious in OS X. I got Suitcase but all that does is move fonts into and out of your Font folder, rather than you going and doing it yourself. Uh alright thanks I guess.
You know what I've never understood about computers? Why should anyone have to "save" anything, ever? Why isn't it just all on there all the time? I spent 3 hours working on some document, you tool, you think I don't want to "save" it? I mean really now.
xpost: you could try shooting it.
― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:37 (fifteen years ago) link
Download Yasu, let it run everything.
― Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:42 (fifteen years ago) link
― just adam (nordicskilla), Monday, 14 March 2005 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link
Grommet not grinder
― American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:17 (three weeks ago) link
― Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:11 (three weeks ago) link
why not just buy $900 wireless headphones from Apple that look like brain worms escaping?
― assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:15 (three weeks ago) link
Don't want people to know about my head full of brain worms
― Dan I., Thursday, 5 November 2020 14:25 (three weeks ago) link
Recently started experiencing a sound buffering issue on my iPhone 11 running 13.5.1. Wondering what 14.1 will do.
― Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:09 (three weeks ago) link
Maybe it’s battery throttling
― Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:27 (three weeks ago) link
that macs still open mp3s with 'apple music' by default is ridiculous - this huge streaming shopfront just to play a file!
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:18 (two weeks ago) link
No greater sign of confidence than developer.apple.com going down hard on the day of an OS release.
― Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:26 (two weeks ago) link
Hey Apple users:If you're now experiencing hangs launching apps on the Mac, I figured out the problem using Little Snitch.It's trustd connecting to https://t.co/FzIGwbGRanDenying that connection fixes it, because OCSP is a soft failure.(Disconnect internet also fixes.) pic.twitter.com/w9YciFltrb— Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) November 12, 2020
― lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:30 (two weeks ago) link
yep, it was
― lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (two weeks ago) link
that is insane
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (two weeks ago) link
Wtf size up was driving me. It’s today. On slack my entire team was having problems with Adobe who were experiencing huge downs. I had to disconnect from vpn to get size up to work.
― dan selzer, Thursday, 12 November 2020 23:01 (two weeks ago) link
Apparently there's some sort of Akamai fiasco that's making everything today worse.
― Elvis Telecom, Friday, 13 November 2020 00:30 (one week ago) link
be careful out there folks
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 04:45 (one week ago) link
please excuse my rant in advance...my replacement laptop came yesterday, and boy am i having a fun time with migration assistant and time machine. one of these tools managed to erase the time machine backup it was supposed to restore. on the first attempt with migration, the process hung. i could see that no data was being transferred on my NAS dashboard (via my wind0ze desktop), so i cancelled it. after subsequent attempts (and hangs) the time machine folder simply vanished from my disk. customer care told me it was a bad idea to cancel. here’s a wild idea: don’t put a huge CANCEL button there if it’s unsafe to cancel whatever your program is doing. especially if your program is prone to long idle periods without UI indications thereof. another wild idea: tell the user they must reinstall the OS after a failed attempt to migrate, before allowing another try.the OS reinstall failed twice after this. there was a kernel panic and on reboot it looked like it was bricked. fortunately the machine could be booted into recovery. and this is a brand new machine. (or more precisely, every major component besides the screen was replaced at the apple service center in Texas—which took twice as long as promised—hence the need for restoration from backup.)sensible warnings and restrictions in the UI for a critical utility they offer would of course be too much to ask from a trillion-dollar company. i’ve fallen back restoring from a backup disk i made in april. it’s been hanging for two hours and the light on my HD is not indicating. apple told me not to touch it for at least 24 hours. if successful, then we can talk about restoring the deleted backup which has my last six months’ data.in conclusion, i hate apple right now just a little bit.
― davey, Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:12 (five days ago) link
My ancient Win 7 is still fine except *sometimes* crashes when streaming audio or video; should I get like a $379 etc. 2019 iPad for the sake or reliability, or would a Samsung tablet for half that, or a Fire for even less, work about as well? Just need it for the streaming.
― dow, Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:49 (four days ago) link
i've enjoyed having the lowest storage ipad for streaming, but the android tablets might do just as well, i don't have any recent experience with them. if you're in the usa, micro center does usually have the ipads for cheaper than list price, $280 right now.
― circles, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:13 (four days ago) link
I’m scared to go into micro center because there’s no way I’m getting out of there without spending $$
― calstars, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:23 (four days ago) link
the $330 ipad is cheaper than that in practice (certainly next week) and is the best tablet for the $, but tbh if you're just streaming then whatever is fine.
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 22 November 2020 04:14 (four days ago) link
So I have an external drive I use for Time Machine backups. It's plugged into my monitor, which serves as a hub. There is no way that I'm aware of to automatically unplug a drive after a TM backup, so I've grown obsessive about checking to see if the backup is done so I can eject the drive, so that I don't damage it when I unplug from the monitor.
I do, of course, forget sometimes. Like today. And I always run First Aid on the drive afterwards, and everything has always been fine. Except today.
Just ordered a replacement, and seriously considering writing a utility to check Time Machine status via the menubar menu, and eject the drive when a backup completes.
This can't be an uncommon use case!
― lukas, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:56 (yesterday) link
lukas, i would strongly recommend keeping a backup of your backup. over the weekend i lost six months of work due to apple's backup tools overwriting my TM backup, catastrophically. i'm kicking myself for not having a second backup. and i hate apple.
― davey, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:09 (yesterday) link
that's awful! and yes, totally right.
― lukas, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:49 (yesterday) link
I keep a TM backup and a separate "flat backup" (no time rollback) using rsync. It's a bit belt-and-braces but I have been burned oh so badly.
― assert (MatthewK), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 02:13 (yesterday) link
I've been under the impression these days that the idea that you'll kill a drive by unplugging without unmounting is archaic. It was probably time for the drive to go anyway.
why do you unplug the drive anyway? I keep it plugged in but has just started using Time Machine Edit again to cause it back-up less often.
― dan selzer, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 05:07 (yesterday) link
I unplugged it so I could take my laptop elsewhere. Also, I had the idea that by keeping it mostly unplugged/unmounted, I'd extend the life of the drive! Ha ha!
― lukas, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:06 (yesterday) link
i finally realized yesterday that many of the new big sur features were driving me crazy and making me feel less productive. so i decided to put an hour into setting all of the various preferences so that my mbp would work how i remembered it working before i upgraded
and then i found myself on the apple support forums, going absolutely insane looking for "documentation". and no matter how much i looked, i couldn't find anything that explained in writing the specifics of how anything worked, what to expect when i picked each option, etc.
then, magically, i stumbled onto this: https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/overview/whats-new-in-macos/
wow! finally i had found something that looks like the documentation that used to come with computers and software when i was first learning to use computers (30+ years ago)
so i guess what i'm wondering is when did basic documentation become specialized developer knowledge? has this been going on for a long time, or was there a discrete point at which people stopped bothering to explain how the things they sell work? did it start w/ apple (it must have, no?) and has it since infected the entire industry or is this just an apple-specific thing? how do young people figure things out nowadays? watching videos? trial and error? word of mouth?
i'll be honest, i stopped looking at OS documentation awhile back (probably in the early 2000s when i first switched from PC to mac?) and so when i finally started looking again for information on how stuff worked i was really surprised at how hard it was to find!
― the late great, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:11 (yesterday) link
The end of documentation started with the beginning of modern computing - unix predates the first instance of the man page by two years. To operate a personal computer of any manufacture successfully you usually had to buy a thick book from a third party (I will never forget The Macintosh Bible, RIP). Programmers hate documentation a lot and everyone’s favorite bugaboo capitalism hates documentation even more, so here we are: people ask questions for free, get partial or useless answers for free, and the vendor has an intern close out the issue. Don’t grep readme
― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:33 (yesterday) link
Watched a documentary tonight (GAMEMASTER, 2020) about making board games and there was some good discussion of how to write instructions - they have to be for children and old folks, they have to be redundant, they can’t be too clever or creative, and even your favorite version of your instructions will invariably confuse people unless you playtest the shit out of them. Good documentation is very, very hard to do. I’m also reminded of an old Gamasutra article that quoted a videogame developer who pointed out that the existence of a significant third party market for strategy guides indicated a problem in the industry - that studios were reliably putting out things that were supposed to be fun, but basically required an extra guidebook to enjoy properly. Obviously this person had never heard of GameFAQs, but that just reinforces my point above: documentation is for user groups to make for themselves after the purchase.
― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:46 (yesterday) link
people ask questions for free, get partial or useless answers for free
new borad description
― the late great, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:49 (yesterday) link
Anyway it’s definitely not an Apple-specific problem because people have had blogs and blogs about this shit for Windows, plus geeky open source user groups out the wazoo since before HTML was even a thing.
― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:53 (yesterday) link
I love man pages tbh, always mad when some hot new tool doesn’t ship with a man page.
― is right unfortunately (silby), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:55 (yesterday) link
yeah that's interesting context re unix and a good reminder that most of the documentation for my early computers really was third party stuff now that i think abt it (practically had a half shelf of o'reilly books just for stuff bundled with the pc - "wordperfect in a nutshell" etc lmao)
― the late great, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 07:00 (yesterday) link
stackexchange is the gamefaqs of work
― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 07:00 (yesterday) link
aka word of mouth
― the late great, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 07:02 (yesterday) link
Macintosh Bible 3rd Edition was the bomb. I read it to destruction before I even had a Mac
― stet, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:05 (yesterday) link
Oh man, I just found out Arthur Naiman died last year.
― stet, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:07 (yesterday) link