Shoddy Programming

Shoddy Programming

I was held up Friday trying to track down why, oh why, an image backup of a server that had one job, to run a fairly recent version of act, kept failing. That brought me to this post in the help forums: Installation of ACT! reproducibly destroys ability to make Image Backups due to VSS errors. Buried in the thread, after the company rep on the forum had basically said "not our problem, the issue is with SQL, we didn't write that" is this golden bit. I entirely agree with your assessment, based on my all-too recent experience, from which…

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Tech-related Twofer

Tech-related Twofer

Filed under "stuff doesn't work" and "consequences of lost focus" - I ended up dealing with an interesting bug in the new "Catalina" update for Mac OS. No, not the one giving antivirus and other "data protection" types nightmares about the kernel being locked down, no extensions, etc. It turns out for a lot of people, you walk into a Starbucks, hotel, etc., that when you connect to the wifi, it connects, but that login/authentication sheet that is supposed top open up to allow you on the network never does. There are a lot of proposed fixes. Most of…

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Loose parts

I can no longer remember which aircraft it specifically was, but if memory serves, there was a helicopter that had such a tendency to rattle that it was often referred to as "a thousand parts flying in loose formation". Which brings me to Linux. Desktop Linux, courtesy of distributions such as Ubuntu, Mint, ElementaryOS, and Pop!OS, has gotten a lot better about making sure updates didn't break everything. On the server side, things can be dicier. Yes, this has to do with the site upgrade. Unless you're paying for a hosted "pro" version, managed by a bunch of guys…

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Scary Halloween

Scary Halloween

As much as I appreciate the simplicty of ghost compared to working in Wordpress, when it comes tim e for updates it is.... anything but. Especially if you haven't been keeping up with the incrementals. It also doen't do a graceful job of updating dependencies. So. Before I get into the sordid details, a bit of fun.... Also a scary story courtesy of Brian Neimeier's Kairos site. Well worth the read. I may have mentioned in the past that some of the experiences I've had in the past lean me toward believing such tales. Patches of woods that felt wrong…

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Things Don't Work Like They Used To

Things Don't Work Like They Used To

Two dead and 20 injured after an in-construction collapse of a hotel in New Orleans. You can read up if you like, but the upshot is that this is the second time in several years a major construction project literally came apart before it was even completed. I understand "shit happens", but due to the circle of people I work with, I also have a passing lay familiarity with the kind of review that is supposed to happen. The kind with rules based on painful experience. Obviously it didn't. Now. I for one don't entirely blame the shift on minorities…

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Improving the Dropbox Experience...

Improving the Dropbox Experience...

Dropbox has decided to push out a new version of their application/client, and instead of continuing to do what made them famous - smoothly stay out of the way while reliably syncing a local folder to the cloud and other computers, so that you don't have to think about it - they decided they wanted to get more in your face. More interesting though is the major oversight in even promulgating information on the changes to tech support, or the fact that apparently, a significant number of people at Dropbox tech support don't even know how Dropbox worked by…

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Obliviousness, Lies, and Anger

Obliviousness, Lies, and Anger

Over the last couple weeks I've had various discussions, good and bad, about the culture, the degree to which it is compromised, and so on. This has ranged from rage at the suggestion that guys should get married and have kids on the supposed "right" to more pushes for abortion up until the last moments of birth. I think for many who spend time mired in fighting SJW's it is literally unbelievable the extent to which mainstream libs simply take the shibboleths for granted, and seem nice, decent people until you blow a hole in their worldview. Assuming they don't…

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Not surprised at all

Not surprised at all

There are some amazingly flexible and capable platforms out there, but the more you try to make something one-size fits all, the less it fits. A formula one racer, a stock racer, and a dune buggy are built for radically different environments than a minivan or compact car. As always, the question of "which is best" first depends on first answering the question: "for what?" Which brings us to the Didact taking a look at the current state of the F-35. After going over a severely shortened list of known deficiencies, he notes: I mean, this is a plane that…

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