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(XKCD)   XKCD's wonderful, subtle tribute to Steve Jobs   (xkcd.com) divider line 206
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2011-10-06 10:21:09 AM  
so awesome...
 
2011-10-06 10:27:37 AM  
That is touching, and 100% awesome.

/this needs a green
 
2011-10-06 11:47:06 AM  
Just sent this to a few friends right before logging into fark. Awesome tribute.
 
2011-10-06 11:47:17 AM  
Dang...how long does that comic TAKE to finish loading?
 
2011-10-06 11:47:19 AM  
Nice.
 
2011-10-06 11:47:46 AM  
As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?
 
2011-10-06 11:47:55 AM  
I'm sure it's great, submitter, but it won't seem to load for me...
 
2011-10-06 11:49:02 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


The equivalent of the spinning hourglass in Windows.

Took me a moment to remember that I'm actually on my Windows 7 netbook and not on my Mac mini.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:19 AM  
I use a macbook pro at work, so I see that, a lot. It's like an hour glass icon on windows, letting you know the machine has just enough computing power at the moment to let you know it's computing.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:30 AM  
Is it the Eternal Flame one? I don't get it.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:49 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


It's the one-mouse-button version of the hourglass.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:58 AM  

PullItOut: Dang...how long does that comic TAKE to finish loading?


Handsome Jack Manitoba: I'm sure it's great, submitter, but it won't seem to load for me...


I'm 110% sure tons of people will ask those same questions and be completely serious.
 
2011-10-06 11:50:16 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


Yes. (new window). Basically the Mac equivalent of the Windows hourglass.
 
2011-10-06 11:50:49 AM  
More like eternal flame-war
 
2011-10-06 11:50:57 AM  
:"(

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2011-10-06 11:51:28 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/Alt-Text: RIP, Gary
//The guy's some kind of magical heart-string-pulling deity.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:33 AM  
Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:39 AM  
Thanks guys. That is a really first-rate tribute.

XKCD is the best strip since Bloom County.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:45 AM  

Supes: Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?

Yes. (new window). Basically the Mac equivalent of the Windows hourglassspinning plasmid.


fixed
 
2011-10-06 11:53:44 AM  
And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.
 
2011-10-06 11:54:32 AM  
Subtle?
 
2011-10-06 11:55:39 AM  

Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.


Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.
 
2011-10-06 11:55:51 AM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


He had resigned from his CEO position, so I think we can argue the streak remains alive.
 
2011-10-06 11:57:34 AM  

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.


Perhaps the problem is that your coworkers have machines from 1989.
 
2011-10-06 11:58:08 AM  
Blocked at work. Someone please repost.
 
2011-10-06 12:00:26 PM  
Here's Abstruse Goose's attempt. Nice, but not nearly as good as XKCD.

http://abstrusegoose.com/402
 
2011-10-06 12:00:32 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


He's done a lot for us.

My biggest "thank you" to him is funding Pixar and sticking with them through the hard times.
 
2011-10-06 12:00:53 PM  

Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.


your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?
 
2011-10-06 12:01:40 PM  

Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.


Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.
 
2011-10-06 12:01:47 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


Corporate greed must end now! But Apple's products are just tooo key-ute to stay mad at.
 
2011-10-06 12:02:32 PM  
lol thats great :)
 
2011-10-06 12:04:49 PM  
Excellent. And as per usual, the hover text really takes it to another level.
 
2011-10-06 12:05:22 PM  

saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?


He was told there would be no math.
 
2011-10-06 12:06:36 PM  
And for those that missed the alt text for that image:

"There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return."

/die-hard Apple fanboy
//most bummed
///Thanks for giving me a career, Steve
 
2011-10-06 12:07:04 PM  
I remember when XKCD was edgy.
 
2011-10-06 12:09:47 PM  
Any person who has ever been in marketing should have Job's picture in their office.

You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

/Except me
//I sound fat
 
2011-10-06 12:11:07 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


We've held out until a really rich one passed away. I was surprised to find out yesterday that he is somewhat notable for his lack of philanthropy... though that may change dramatically with his will.

If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China, he was really part of the company's vision and product line development as opposed to a mere hired-gun suit. Engineers and geeks everywhere have got to give some credit for that.
 
2011-10-06 12:11:57 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.
 
2011-10-06 12:12:44 PM  
I am confused, what the hell do all these posts have to do with Nancy Grace's huge earth shaking fart?
 
2011-10-06 12:13:06 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


FYI, that is not something that one does from their nose... not the most fitting tribute to someones' passing, you know what I'm saying.
 
2011-10-06 12:15:42 PM  
Looks like Apple (via NeXT) owns the patent to the busy cursor. I wonder if Microsoft pays royalties for the hourglass.

http://worldwide.espacenet.com

[next-spinny-magneto-optical.gif] -- I wish I could find the Keith Ohlfs original...
 
2011-10-06 12:15:51 PM  
End of a meme (new window)
 
2011-10-06 12:16:42 PM  
Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.
 
2011-10-06 12:16:45 PM  

bemis23: austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.

Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.


You just know all those requirements dont start with the IT guys. They know its going to ruin the machine. Its security and administration that like to load work computers with all sorts of laggy buggy shiat.

/know our IT staff
//they hate it as much as we do
 
2011-10-06 12:18:35 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: bemis23: austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.

Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.

You just know all those requirements dont start with the IT guys. They know its going to ruin the machine. Its security and administration that like to load work computers with all sorts of laggy buggy shiat.

/know our IT staff
//they hate it as much as we do


Fair enough. I know a couple of the guys in IT and they do complain about the same crap.
 
2011-10-06 12:19:15 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


The Spicy Chicken Sandwich continues, the legacy lives on.
 
2011-10-06 12:19:15 PM  
Buncha crybabies.
 
2011-10-06 12:20:27 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


I got a little misty the other day when Wendy was talking about her dad. Dave Thomas was a truly good man.
 
2011-10-06 12:22:40 PM  

EatHam: End of a meme (new window)


That made me cry...
 
2011-10-06 12:22:48 PM  
Eirik
Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.


What OS was it, and did you or anyone else ever bother to attempt any repairs?

Classic OS 9 and older wasn't exactly my cup-o-tea admittedly. But OS X was a game changer. I migrated over, and only ever bothered to install XP on my iMac since the wife's glucose meter isn't Mac compatible. Macs will admittedly start to run slow if they have software problems, but only once have I ever gotten a system crash on OS X (bomb on 10.1). Every other time it's been 100% due to power failures.

Compared to the Registry on Windows, OS X is a breeze with it's Library folder. Just drop in and delete the extensions and system folders for programs you no longer use, and that's it. If the preferences folder becomes corrupt and prevents an application from starting, just delete the preferences file, and the next time you open the app it will automatically rebuild a brand-new file. That kind of automatic repair Windows doesn't even have.

The only 2 downsides with OS X are the lack of a built-in defrag utility, and in order to repair disk errors you have to boot from the Install CD rather than just scheduling a hard disk repair upon reboot. But it's worth the trade-off.

Other wise I have an old 700mHz G3 iMac. Load OS9 onto it, and it's OK for speeds. Load OS X 10.0 and suddenly it becomes faster. Keep upgrading it until 10.4 (last PowerPC compatible OS) and with each upgrade the damn thing will get faster and faster. OS Improvements for Mac products are worth the price. They don't just add new features, they also figure out how to manage real time data better. Especially when it comes to Dual-Core processing which can load balance threads on the OS level for 32bit & 64bit applications alike no matter what they are. Unlike how in the past to take advantage of the 2nd CPU the application itself had to be written to take advantage of that, i.e. Photoshop. Plus of course it's nice to be able to simply plug things in to get them to work. Not just from an PnP standpoint with devices, but how manufacturers nicely integrate software into the OS X, like they do with Printers and Scanners.

Even compared to the early days of OS X, Macs have become even more powerful computers. Comparing an abused machine in an office is like trying to test drive an abused rental cal. Give a new Mac a whirl and you might be pleasantly surprised.

RIP Jobs.
/Woz, you better make damn sure you're taking care of yourself!
 
2011-10-06 12:24:11 PM  

factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China


Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.
 
2011-10-06 12:25:10 PM  
I like that it is in a walled garden.
 
2011-10-06 12:27:07 PM  

poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


Ah so then it's cool then.
 
2011-10-06 12:28:47 PM  

Treize26: poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.

Ah so then it's cool then.


What I think he's getting at that if it hadn't been an Apple contractor the publicity surrounding the events at FoxxConn wouldn't have become as public as they did.

And it could have been much much worse that the atrocities could have continued and escalated.

/Not an apple fanbois
 
2011-10-06 12:30:28 PM  

factoryconnection:
If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China,


As was established in another thread, an Apple equipment owner fully supports Apple's business practices. So when it comes to FOXCONN... you support them as well.

Foxconn make the XBox360, a lot of the official Microsoft parts (i.e. controllers) for it, they make ` huge chunk of Dell's (and by extension all Dell subsiduaries like Alienware) product line. In fact, unless you built your own computer with parts specifically not assembled by Foxconn (tricky, a LOT of OEM's use them) in any way, shape or form. You support the same swearshop conditions as I apparently do.

So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.
 
2011-10-06 12:30:59 PM  

mitEj: Occam's Chainsaw: Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

I got a little misty the other day when Wendy was talking about her dad. Dave Thomas was a truly good man.

yes he was, and he used what he earned to give back to others who had it rough.


As long as they were straight.
 
2011-10-06 12:31:07 PM  

trappedspirit: I use a macbook pro at work, so I see that, a lot. It's like an hour glass icon on windows, letting you know the machine has just enough computing power at the moment to let you know it's computing.


And it's pretty rare.
 
2011-10-06 12:31:31 PM  

poot_rootbeer: If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


They contracted with a sweatshop company and no doubt knew exactly what they were getting. iPhones weren't some tiny production line... even if Apple was so blase as to have no presence in their manufacturing sites, that's still a black mark on corporate leadership.
 
2011-10-06 12:33:55 PM  

sarah_t_s: So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.


Blameless is Apple, gotcha. Their hands were tied.

Or does that just make them guilty like Dell?
 
2011-10-06 12:34:44 PM  
I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty
 
2011-10-06 12:37:20 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


People still mourn Jim Henson. Does that count?
 
2011-10-06 12:38:07 PM  

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


Now there is the Smiths that the fWc knows and loves.
 
2011-10-06 12:40:31 PM  

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Steve Jobs!!!!
 
2011-10-06 12:41:21 PM  

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


i178.photobucket.com
 
2011-10-06 12:41:56 PM  
fark Steve Jobs.

fark Apple and their overpriced crap.

fark the iQueefs.
 
2011-10-06 12:42:31 PM  

Mambo Bananapatch: Thanks guys. That is a really first-rate tribute.


This.

XKCD is the best strip since Bloom County.

And that.
 
2011-10-06 12:43:38 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


It was a two person medical office that ran three different Macs, all of which were up to date with the latest software because the owner worshiped at the feet of Steven Jobs. The only real program that we used on a daily basis was a practice management program that included an EMR and billing software. He had no security software I was aware of (he didn't believe he would ever need it). I started there in 2007, and the oldest Mac there was perhaps two years old (and the one we used for our exams was brand new when I started). He had a couple Windows machines hanging around, but we didn't use them for much.

Conversely, since I left that office, I'm in my own one doctor office and run five different computers, all on Windows XP. These machines are all ancient because I can't afford new equipment I don't need. A couple Dell Dimension 2400's, an old Compaq... they work just fine, even if they do need a bit more power these days.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:13 PM  

factoryconnection: They contracted with a sweatshop company and no doubt knew exactly what they were getting. iPhones weren't some tiny production line... even if Apple was so blase as to have no presence in their manufacturing sites, that's still a black mark on corporate leadership.


I don't disagree with the assertion that Apple (and by extension Jobs) implicitly condoned Foxconn's practices by continuing to to contract with them, and the same is true of Microsoft or Dell or whatever company does business with them.

But that's not the assertion I was refuting. factoryconnection stated that Apple "brought us" Foxconn, as if exploiting cheap overseas labor was a novel business innovation created by Steve Jobs. It was not.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:31 PM  

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.


I think you should both take better care of your computers and stop assuming the brand has anything to do with how well a poorly maintained machine- of ANY brand- tends to perform.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:32 PM  

factoryconnection:
Or does that just make them guilty like Dell?


Exactly. Apple are as guilty as all the other companies that use Foxconn assembly lines and those companies are legion; there is plenty of guilt to spread around.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:39 PM  

ConConHead: People still mourn Jim Henson. Does that count?


I watched Big Bird singing "It Ain't Easy Being Green" from the Jim Henson memorial on YouTube the other day. It gave the eyes a good flush.

I may have forgotten to complement XKCD's tribute. That is a good one.
 
2011-10-06 12:47:35 PM  

saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?


That seems to be the case, yes. Apparently "Humor" is blocked at work. That's not a joke.
 
2011-10-06 12:47:54 PM  

poot_rootbeer: But that's not the assertion I was refuting. factoryconnection stated that Apple "brought us" Foxconn, as if exploiting cheap overseas labor was a novel business innovation created by Steve Jobs. It was not.


Got it... guiltless due to peer pressure. Their corporate management even moreso.
 
2011-10-06 12:48:48 PM  

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


And he will be forever remembered as a delicious ice cream.
 
2011-10-06 12:49:09 PM  
I heard this quote on the way to work: Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. I do believe he changed my life today. Seriously. But not too much--I still came to work.
 
2011-10-06 12:49:42 PM  
a1.mzstatic.com
 
2011-10-06 12:51:00 PM  

Avonmore: Abstruse


I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
abstrusegoose.com
 
2011-10-06 12:51:04 PM  
I here that Job's soul is cursed to wander the earth in a state of undeath until that loading icon goes away.
 
2011-10-06 12:52:41 PM  

karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]


Never heard of that comic before, but I may have to start reading it after that.
 
2011-10-06 12:52:51 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


No, we're an all-Mac ad agency and one of the art directors here had a horrible time with Illustrator and MS Word doing exactly what Eirik described. I think it had something to do with a font conflict. She had a habit of installing every free crapware font on the intarwebz. But making small copy edits in Illustrator took her FOREVER. Regardless of how fast you typed, each letter took at least a second to appear on screen. You could navigate through text fields using the arrow keys, though, so it wasn't a problem between the keyboard and computer (or between the keyboard and chair, for that matter). Wipe and reinstall cured it, and she was a little more selective with her fonts after that.
 
2011-10-06 12:53:44 PM  
OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"
 
2011-10-06 12:54:13 PM  

Eirik: I started there in 2007, and the oldest Mac there was perhaps two years old


So a 2005 vintage, possible PPC Mac of some description. It's possible the software was making us of classic mode (i.e. running in Mac OS 9) and frankly Mac OS 9 is a version of the OS all of us would like to forget... it's Apple's Windows ME.
 
2011-10-06 12:55:22 PM  

Claude Ballse: The only 2 downsides with OS X are the lack of a built-in defrag utility


OS X does de-fragmenting automatically, so there's that. As for the external boot media - that's the safe way to do it. If you're running a disk maintenance app from a drive, and then you need to repair the drive that the app is on, and you end up having to re-write the space that app is on while it's running... it's just safer to keep the repaired drive separate from the repairing drive.
 
2011-10-06 12:57:14 PM  

Jamdug!: saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?

That seems to be the case, yes. Apparently "Humor" is blocked at work. That's not a joke.


Apparently your work blocks Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language as well.

And now I find myself wondering where one can work where none of those things is either encountered or needed.
 
2011-10-06 12:58:00 PM  

Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.


Currently running a MBP with 8G - FF with 15+ browser windows, Word (5+ docs) Excel (5+ docs), Skype, Yahoo IM, Acrobat, Entourage, Xtorrent, and a Fusion occurrence of Win 7, and everything is skipping right along at about 80% idle. Last reboot was 41 days ago, although I'll have to reboot because of some pending updates.

I'd say whatever issues you might have had have been mopped up.

/admitted mac fanboi
//makes his living supporting windows networks
 
Juc
2011-10-06 12:59:08 PM  

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.



That's because bosses suck with computers. One of my old bosses somehow managed to uninstall his OS when we moved him across the room one day
 
2011-10-06 01:05:49 PM  

poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


Yeah, but Apple outbid that other company for the resources FOXCONN offered. They were willing to pay that little bit extra for what is analogous to slave labor.
 
2011-10-06 01:06:17 PM  
How did you people even find this?

Who checks xkcd on a thursday???
 
2011-10-06 01:08:41 PM  
Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram, having six applications open (one of which is MS Windows) and five terminal sessions to various servers, and am having no memory or performance issue, I'm getting a kick out of some of the posts about how slow an klugey Macs are.

I've noted the anti-Apple morons are out in force all over the interubes today. It was expected, though. THey've probably been checking the news six times per day to see if Jobs had kicked yet.
 
2011-10-06 01:08:47 PM  

fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"


compassion.app ---> Users/fappomatic/Applications
 
2011-10-06 01:09:21 PM  

fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"


Wow, you send your son an email once a year and post on his wall. It sounds like Steve Jobs may well have had more influence on his life than you do.
 
2011-10-06 01:13:24 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


My old Mac Plus used to run that kind of slow if you were running something really big, like PageMaker. But that was 20 years ago.
 
2011-10-06 01:13:43 PM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2011-10-06 01:14:42 PM  

canyoneer: Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.


So is spouting ten-dollar words to express two cents. What psychological mechanism prompted you to espound your opinion in a exaggerated expression of polysyllabic profundity and bombastic example of anti-brevity in hopes that the common Farker (if there is such) would feel sufficiently impressed to conclude that one is possesed of higher cognitive functioning?

In other words: Who stepped on your tail?
 
2011-10-06 01:15:49 PM  

JackieRabbit: Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram, having six applications open (one of which is MS Windows) and five terminal sessions to various servers, and am having no memory or performance issue, I'm getting a kick out of some of the posts about how slow an klugey Macs are.


There're still a lot of people who think iPods can only play stuff purchased from the iTunes store and that Macs can only use one button.
 
2011-10-06 01:15:56 PM  

Claude Ballse:
RIP Jobs.
/Woz, you better make damn sure you're taking care of yourself!


Have you seen his Twitter account? It's just posts about all the fast food he eats.
 
2011-10-06 01:16:41 PM  

sarah_t_s: factoryconnection:
If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China,

As was established in another thread, an Apple equipment owner fully supports Apple's business practices. So when it comes to FOXCONN... you support them as well.

Foxconn make the XBox360, a lot of the official Microsoft parts (i.e. controllers) for it, they make ` huge chunk of Dell's (and by extension all Dell subsiduaries like Alienware) product line. In fact, unless you built your own computer with parts specifically not assembled by Foxconn (tricky, a LOT of OEM's use them) in any way, shape or form. You support the same swearshop conditions as I apparently do.

So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.


The interesting question: Are there suppliers that are less sweatshoppy?

I'd imagine it's difficult to buy anything at all that doesn't have at least some Third-World-sweatshop taint.
 
2011-10-06 01:16:58 PM  

JackieRabbit: Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram,


Dont be such an AW. No one cares.
 
2011-10-06 01:19:04 PM  

karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]


XKCD is clever and I do laugh at it often, but I dont understand the fanboism. There's a lot of geek comics that are better at the humor than XKCD. I will confess that XKCD is the most high-brow of the bunch, but that doesn't make it the best.

www.smbc-comics.com
www.thedoghousediaries.com
 
2011-10-06 01:20:56 PM  
Dave Thomas died??

/is serious
//Wikipedia'd
/// :(
 
2011-10-06 01:21:34 PM  

Kar98: Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?

The equivalent of the spinning hourglass in Windows.

Took me a moment to remember that I'm actually on my Windows 7 netbook and not on my Mac mini.


Also the equivalent of a BSOD when it doesn't stop, known as the Beach Ball of Death.
 
2011-10-06 01:22:31 PM  

Big Man On Campus: karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

XKCD is clever and I do laugh at it often, but I dont understand the fanboism. There's a lot of geek comics that are better at the humor than XKCD. I will confess that XKCD is the most high-brow of the bunch, but that doesn't make it the best.

www.smbc-comics.com
www.thedoghousediaries.com


Yeah, I wasn't trying to say anything about the relative quality of the two strips in general, I just thought that the XKCD tribute to Jobs was better than the Abstruse Goose one.
 
2011-10-06 01:25:39 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Dave Thomas died??


FEAR NOT CITIZEN, I am alive and well!

www.wchstv.com
 
2011-10-06 01:26:09 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly:
I'd imagine it's difficult to buy anything at all that doesn't have at least some Third-World-sweatshop taint.


Surprisingly difficult, even when you go back to finding the raw materials to build your own version of something from scratch. You come down to chossing which vendor is the lessor of the evils.
 
2011-10-06 01:26:35 PM  
Strangely/amusingly/stupidly, if you're using the XKCD app on the iPad, the cleverness is lost since the app doesn't support animated gifs...
 
2011-10-06 01:27:10 PM  

Big Man On Campus: karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]

XKCD is clever and I do laugh at it often, but I dont understand the fanboism. There's a lot of geek comics that are better at the humor than XKCD. I will confess that XKCD is the most high-brow of the bunch, but that doesn't make it the best.

www.smbc-comics.com
www.thedoghousediaries.com


Just because it's on the Internet does not make it a geek comic.
 
2011-10-06 01:27:44 PM  
It's sad the guy died and all, but this farking worship is kind of sickening.
 
2011-10-06 01:32:07 PM  
Nine Inch Nails did a better tribute with their song called Heresy.

Jobs' products werent the problem, but all the secrecy and cultish nature of their company and end users are the problem. Let that die with Jobs.


/Your idol is dead
//and only zealots care
//since there is a Hell
///send the zeal there
////(yes, it's paraphrased - sosumi)
 
2011-10-06 01:32:13 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


Wait until Warren Buffet dies and you'll see a real freak-out.
 
2011-10-06 01:32:37 PM  
www.csse.monash.edu.au
My MAC has a sad.
 
2011-10-06 01:33:40 PM  

SPLAMM: [www.csse.monash.edu.au image 297x234]
My MAC has a sad.


So, we're still calling it a "MAC," huh?
 
2011-10-06 01:34:40 PM  
In the early eighties, when I got out of school, I worked at a wafer fab for a company that made Atari game chips.

I was the only guy in my department with a desktop computer (everything was done through terminals and the mainframe).

I was the only one who knew how to operate the Apple II+ machine. At that point in time even people who were manufacturing the chips didn't know how to use this new...thing.

I ran VisiCalc on that machine. 5-1/4" floppy disks. A: drive. B: drive. No C: drive at all.
You had to write out a formula to make it add and subtract on the spreadsheet.

It wasn't pretty - it was the most beautiful thing in the world.

Eventually I got dragged into the MicroSoft world, like all business drones. But I remember.

Rest in peace, Steve. The early days were great.

/csb
 
2011-10-06 01:39:39 PM  

jimibrooks: I heard this quote on the way to work: Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. I do believe he changed my life today. Seriously. But not too much--I still came to work.


That's part of a speech he delivered at Stanford. Just heard a good 30 seconds of it on the radio myself.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


(Full text here (new window).)

Good outlook.
 
2011-10-06 01:40:54 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.

Wait until Warren Buffet dies and you'll see a real freak-out.


Wait until the Benedict Arnolds of Bentonville die - the Walton family - then you can loudly celebrate the end of the most un-American family around. Preferably if someone hastens their death.
 
2011-10-06 01:41:25 PM  
jeez.

give me more tears. I feast on the nectar of your salty eye leakage.

/you have a mac
//and an iphone
///and an ipod
////you're awesome
 
2011-10-06 01:49:19 PM  

Smiths: jeez.

give me more tears. I feast on the nectar of your salty eye leakage.

/you have a mac
//and an iphone
///and an ipod
////you're awesome


I have a Telecaster. Wait...wrong thread?
 
2011-10-06 01:50:06 PM  

fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"


You're an ass. "How dare you show emotion for anyone other than ME?!?!?!?!!"
 
2011-10-06 01:50:33 PM  
I'm impressed at the level of jealousy for Jobs shown in this thread so far,
 
2011-10-06 01:52:32 PM  

IronOcelot: I'm impressed at the level of jealousy for Jobs shown in this thread so far,


is it jealousy for Jobs or sadness that this is some nerd Garcia/Cobain festival?

I'm showing more disappointment in people. Dude's dead. Great businessman. Yay him.

but to be all like "I am crying because of this"?

Get a life, tweeters. Go dance at the Jefferson Memorial or something.
 
2011-10-06 01:53:42 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-06 01:54:35 PM  

theknuckler_33: It's sad the guy died and all, but this farking worship is kind of sickening.


Not sure if THIS, but understood given all the misdeeds of Apple.

/Typed from my Thinkpad
//The quiet, well-performing black monolith
///More maintenance friendly than your Macbook Pro
 
2011-10-06 01:55:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-06 01:56:15 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-06 01:57:35 PM  

probesport: Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

The Spicy Chicken Sandwich continues, the legacy lives on.


The spice must flow!
 
2011-10-06 01:59:34 PM  
I guess the two white people are the only ones who can afford a Mac product?


/looks in mirror
 
2011-10-06 02:00:14 PM  

trappedspirit: Corporate greed must end now! But Apple's products are just tooo key-ute to stay mad at.


That about sums up the Hipster - Apple relationship. It will be interesting to see how well they survive without the infamous Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field in play.
 
2011-10-06 02:02:58 PM  

Smiths: [i.imgur.com image 400x301]


Kind of hard to get reception in the hereafter, much less a tower. Not even an iSatphone will reach him.
 
2011-10-06 02:03:36 PM  

pkellmey: Big Man On Campus: karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]

XKCD is clever and I do laugh at it often, but I dont understand the fanboism. There's a lot of geek comics that are better at the humor than XKCD. I will confess that XKCD is the most high-brow of the bunch, but that doesn't make it the best.

www.smbc-comics.com
www.thedoghousediaries.com

Just because it's on the Internet does not make it a geek comic.


Indeed, and if you go a few back, you might see how they do qualify as geek comics.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2388#comic

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2386#comic

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=3043

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=3029

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=3003

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=2969
 
2011-10-06 02:08:41 PM  
Wow...I see the Greater Internet Farkwad Theory is churning out data points at a steady clip in here.

/Why do you give a shiat how/who other people grieve?
 
2011-10-06 02:09:52 PM  

mitEj: Occam's Chainsaw: Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

I got a little misty the other day when Wendy was talking about her dad. Dave Thomas was a truly good man.

yes he was, and he used what he earned to give back to others who had it rough.


the 99 cent menu?

/jk
 
2011-10-06 02:12:46 PM  
Good lord you people are pathetic.

It's like staring at a grotequely fat person. I can stop reading the Jobs-hero-worship-thread even though it disgusts me.
 
2011-10-06 02:25:10 PM  
Not a big Apple fan or anything but I was still sad when I heard he had died, and admit I got a bit misty at the comic. I may not have been a fan of the company but I know without Steve Jobs and his ideas we wouldn't have all the fun toys we do today-he helped to make everyone else work that much harder to keep up and try to do better.
 
2011-10-06 02:26:40 PM  

Smiths: i.imgur.com


An important part of the industry died in a sad way.
It would be like Stallman and Torvalds being killed in a plane crash.
 
2011-10-06 02:29:12 PM  

JackieRabbit: trappedspirit: I use a macbook pro at work, so I see that, a lot. It's like an hour glass icon on windows, letting you know the machine has just enough computing power at the moment to let you know it's computing.

And it's pretty rare.


Yeah, it's so rare that I used the phrase 'a lot' in my post?
 
2011-10-06 02:29:21 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
A less friendly xkcd from a few years ago.
 
2011-10-06 02:29:33 PM  
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame..

Because it's funny, in retrospect.
 
2011-10-06 02:32:35 PM  

Claude Ballse: The only 2 downsides with OS X are the lack of a built-in defrag utility, and in order to repair disk errors you have to boot from the Install CD rather than just scheduling a hard disk repair upon reboot. But it's worth the trade-off.


Um, you could always boot up into single user mode and do a fsck or diskutil on the bad drive.
 
2011-10-06 02:32:52 PM  
Steve Jobs is dead?

Oh, well. You can make a deal with the devil, but he eventually calls you home. Rot in hell, Stevie boy...
 
2011-10-06 02:33:39 PM  

CheekyMonkey: You can make a deal with the devil,


To what are you referring?
 
2011-10-06 02:37:17 PM  

clyph: trappedspirit: Corporate greed must end now! But Apple's products are just tooo key-ute to stay mad at.

That about sums up the Hipster - Apple relationship. It will be interesting to see how well they survive without the infamous Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field in play.


The real face of Steve Jobs, facing his followers:
www.razorianfly.com

What finally takes out the Reality Distortion Field:
api.ning.com

What should have been the reaction:
i.ytimg.com
 
2011-10-06 02:38:14 PM  
Then there is this.

i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-06 02:39:18 PM  

tomcatadam: Smiths: i.imgur.com

An important part of the industry died in a sad way.
It would be like Stallman and Torvalds being killed in a plane crash.


Except you're wrong and it is not like that at all, because people are believers in the ideas those men espouse, not their persona. OS Fanboi's follow a code, not a man.
 
2011-10-06 02:40:32 PM  
Little known fact: Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle) was the photographer at Steve Jobs' wedding.
 
2011-10-06 02:41:24 PM  

theknuckler_33: Little known fact: Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle) was the photographer at Steve Jobs' wedding.


Whoops, got that backwards. Jobs was the photographer at Ellison's wedding.

/iFail
 
2011-10-06 02:42:00 PM  

Big Man On Campus: Except you're wrong and it is not like that at all, because people are believers in the ideas those men espouse, not their persona. OS Fanboi's follow a code, not a man.


Yes.

Every single person that laments the death of a famous and very influential industry figure is just an OS fanboy, and everyone else doesn't matter. Of course.
 
2011-10-06 02:46:46 PM  

tomcatadam: Big Man On Campus: Except you're wrong and it is not like that at all, because people are believers in the ideas those men espouse, not their persona. OS Fanboi's follow a code, not a man.

Yes.

Every single person that laments the death of a famous and very influential industry figure is just an OS fanboy, and everyone else doesn't matter. Of course.


slog.thestranger.com

/shamelessly hotlinked
//it needed to be seen on fark.
 
2011-10-06 02:48:31 PM  

Smiths: [i.imgur.com image 574x1100]


OK, if I believed in Hell I would now be going to it for laughing at that.
 
2011-10-06 02:52:29 PM  
Say what you will about the guy, but he kept the industry interesting. For better or worse, Apple is responsible for the resurrection of the tablet. It'll be interesting to see how the company handles without him. Updates on their existing product lines will probably keep them in good shape for a long time, but I wonder how long before they have the guts to field something new again.

/yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble
 
2011-10-06 02:55:17 PM  

tomcatadam: CheekyMonkey: You can make a deal with the devil,

To what are you referring?


Everyone knows that the only reason Jobs was able to turn Apple around is that he sold his soul to Satan. At least that's how it is in my imaginary reality...

\in conventional reality, he's just a prick (or, was)
 
2011-10-06 03:10:03 PM  

ProfessorOhki: /yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble


i141.photobucket.com

How much longer can people keep ripping off Star Trek and take the credit for innovation?
 
2011-10-06 03:10:33 PM  
I'm allowed to be a pricky pratt here, so I'm going to.
A) Obama said his death was notable considering people heard about it using a device he invented. Except he didn't. The man was a marketer, NOT an engineer. His contribution to the original apple was telling the Woz to make the powersupply "this color." He was an asshole to his engineers, the ones who made him his fortune. He was known to go on tirades, fire people at the drop of a hat. He was a prick. And he didn't event anything. He made his career riding on the backs of hard working engineers, none of whom will even get a second thought when they die.
B) I saw someone compare him to DiVinci last night. farking DIVINCI! Are you serious? The guy made pretty toys, he was by no means possibly one of the most intelligent human beings ever to walk the face of the earth.

He couldn't even invent with OSX, he had his engineers take NetBSD's code and re-engineer it into Darwin - the real name of OSX.

Oh, he was also notorious for parking in the handicapped spot at Cupertino.

Great guy, him.

/Still think Woz is brilliant.
/Still think jobs was a great marketer, just an audacious self centered prick.
 
2011-10-06 03:16:29 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


He speaks the truth. When I used a Mac for inventory control, I could call up a part number, walk over to the file cabinet, pull the paper file, and return to my desk before the data showed up on the screen.

Of course, this was in 1988, but it's still true.
 
2011-10-06 03:17:08 PM  
Something tells me that Randall Munroe has been sitting on that comic for a while now...
 
2011-10-06 03:18:15 PM  

trappedspirit: ProfessorOhki: /yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble

[i141.photobucket.com image 300x169]

How much longer can people keep ripping off Star Trek and take the credit for innovation?


THIS!

It was even called a "Padd" in TNG. Even the name was unoriginal!
 
2011-10-06 03:33:28 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Also the equivalent of a BSOD when it doesn't stop, known as the Beach Ball of Death.


No, not even remotely close. You can simply force-close the offending application, and press on. No reboot required.

This is the Mac equivalent of a BSOD:

img805.imageshack.us

It's usually caused by a hardware issue. I haven't seen one of these in years. (I haven't seen a Windows BSOD in years either, come to think of it.)
 
2011-10-06 03:49:34 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.

He speaks the truth. When I used a Mac for inventory control, I could call up a part number, walk over to the file cabinet, pull the paper file, and return to my desk before the data showed up on the screen.

Of course, this was in 1988, but it's still true.


This happened in 2007-2008 for over a year before some upgrade or fix made it tolerable. It was never quick, but at least it could keep up with my typing. The software we were using was just crap.

But it always annoys me that I spent over a year dealing with this thing, and the owner of the office denied that it could possibly be Apples fault that something was wrong because Apple products just work. Now I've got computers so old that feel like I should be feeding them punch cards, and they "just work."
 
2011-10-06 04:00:01 PM  

ProfessorOhki: /yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble


Supposedly (I've no idea how true this is), the iPad came first, and when they were demo-ing kinetic scrolling to Jobs he said "This would kick ass in a phone, let's do that first."
 
2011-10-06 04:09:23 PM  
There's one less wealthy person in the US.

Obama must be happy.
 
2011-10-06 04:16:58 PM  

Anagrammer: There's one less wealthy person in the US.

Obama must be happy.


Are you kidding? He doesn't have time to stop stoking the furnace with shovel fulls of government t-bills. He's really breaking a sweat. Between that and practicing his limbo to better bend over backwards for the Chinese. And the free abortions in his spare time. Plus personally conducting interviews in India for applicants to send US jobs to. He just keeps up with a running total on the number of wealthy people left he needs to devalue on his ipad.
 
2011-10-06 04:19:48 PM  
I don't see the point in honoring someone just for building things, but this is a good tribute anyway, and it is a shame when anyone dies, especially a genius. RIP.
 
2011-10-06 04:20:43 PM  

moonage daydream: fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"

You're an ass. "How dare you show emotion for anyone other than ME?!?!?!?!!"


Of course I'm an ass. Douchebag. Troll. Anarchist. A regular opinionated schmuck. You'll understand what I've said once you've lived a little longer.
 
2011-10-06 04:23:34 PM  

moonage daydream: You're an ass. "How dare you show emotion for anyone other than ME?!?!?!?!!"


I think it's more along the lines of "why cry for someone who wouldn't cry for you?"

He was a very important, influential guy and it is sad that he died, especially to cancer. But let's not go overboard; his main purpose in life was to get you to buy his products. The end.
 
2011-10-06 04:27:35 PM  

trappedspirit: ProfessorOhki: /yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble

[i141.photobucket.com image 300x169]

How much longer can people keep ripping off Star Trek and take the credit for innovation?


I predict even warp drives will be credited to whoever makes the first one. Now we just have to wait for Zephram Cochrane to be born.
 
2011-10-06 04:29:48 PM  

Boomhauer: It's usually caused by a hardware issue. I haven't seen one of these in years. (I haven't seen a Windows BSOD in years either, come to think of it.)


You can still get BSOD's in Windows 7, I get one fairly regularly. I suspect running my mobile nVidia GPU at full power for hours on end might be related.
 
2011-10-06 04:43:54 PM  

Big Man On Campus: Boomhauer: It's usually caused by a hardware issue. I haven't seen one of these in years. (I haven't seen a Windows BSOD in years either, come to think of it.)

You can still get BSOD's in Windows 7, I get one fairly regularly. I suspect running my mobile nVidia GPU at full power for hours on end might be related.


I may go ahead and agree with your diagnosis on that one, doctor.

My PCI express slot went bad, I saw it a lot then. Not so much before that.
 
2011-10-06 04:50:21 PM  

Larofeticus: How did you people even find this?

Who checks xkcd on a thursday???


That was my first thought too. I'm still confused.
 
2011-10-06 04:56:01 PM  

trappedspirit: ProfessorOhki: /yeah, the iPad is a giant iPhone
//but it was still a pretty ballsy gamble

[i141.photobucket.com image 300x169]

How much longer can people keep ripping off Star Trek and take the credit for innovation?


A Pad-like device was in the movie 2001...it was cited as evidence in that recent lawsuit.

Anyone remember Apple's first tablet, the Newton? That POS never gets mentioned...by anyone.
 
2011-10-06 04:57:54 PM  

fappomatic: Of course I'm an ass. Douchebag. Troll. Anarchist. A regular opinionated schmuck. You'll understand what I've said once you've lived a little longer.


I take it we shouldn't wait for you at the line for tickets to the impromptu midnight vigil/wine tasting/tech show?
 
2011-10-06 05:20:28 PM  
So he is the messiah? Is that the joke? He's just buffering until his return?
 
2011-10-06 05:32:21 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: I remember when XKCD was edgy.


I don't remember when you were edgy.
 
2011-10-06 05:32:40 PM  
Wait... Are some of you REALLY tearing up for someone who didn't know you, you didn't know, and had absolutely no impact on your life? (And don't give me crap about how your iPod saved your dog.) Seriously? And you'll expect to be taken seriously on other subjects? I'm not even an anti-Apple, Windows, Linux, Google, or anything. I just think you're pathetic if you're really being emotionally affected by someone who has nothing to do with you.
 
2011-10-06 05:32:58 PM  

factoryconnection: poot_rootbeer: If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.

They contracted with a sweatshop company and no doubt knew exactly what they were getting. iPhones weren't some tiny production line... even if Apple was so blase as to have no presence in their manufacturing sites, that's still a black mark on corporate leadership.


You're a dope. This is globalization. Those factory workers are actually relatively well-off! Or do you not like helping the poor in general? Only the American poor?

Next you're going to tell me that the suicides were an epidemic....
 
2011-10-06 05:33:36 PM  

scubamage: He made his career riding on the backs of hard working engineers, none of whom will even get a second thought when they die.


This the only part of your dumb tirade that I agree with.

The Apple Legacy is the culmination of thousands of people over several decades. Steve Wozniak, Jef Raskin, Susan Kare, Jean-Louis Gassée, Bruce Tognazzini, Jonathan Ive, just to name a few of the better-known names. By no means does Jobs deserve the full credit for all their work.

But, would these talented people's hard work have had the same impact on the industry and the public, without a Steve Jobs to guide them and yell at them when their ideas sucked and run press conferences to tell the world why their good ideas were so good?
 
2011-10-06 05:35:21 PM  

factoryconnection: Got it... guiltless due to peer pressure. Their corporate management even moreso.


Why can't you read???
 
2011-10-06 05:37:06 PM  
That's...really not that cool.
It would be like Bill Gates dying and him putting a little hourglass there.

Then again, when Macs die, they just have the spinny rainbow pinwheel forever instead of giving you a stop error and telling you what went wrong, so I guess that makes sense.
 
2011-10-06 05:53:19 PM  

sarah_t_s: Gaseous Anomaly:
I'd imagine it's difficult to buy anything at all that doesn't have at least some Third-World-sweatshop taint.

Surprisingly difficult, even when you go back to finding the raw materials to build your own version of something from scratch. You come down to chossing which vendor is the lessor of the evils.


Woah, someone's leasing out evils?
 
2011-10-06 05:54:20 PM  

Kar98: The equivalent of the spinning hourglass in Windows.


What is this "Windows" you speak of?..

img217.imageshack.us
 
2011-10-06 06:01:00 PM  
Except the pinwheel is when a program locks up. A STOP error in Windows is when the kernel (or something hooked into it, like say a device driver) crashes.

Windows equivalent these days is dwm fogging the app window over as if it had literally frozen. Before it tells you the program has locked up and lets you wait it out or force-quit it.
 
2011-10-06 06:25:52 PM  
I really don't care for that dumb cartoon but that is nice.
 
2011-10-06 06:36:14 PM  

kettir: sarah_t_s: Gaseous Anomaly:
I'd imagine it's difficult to buy anything at all that doesn't have at least some Third-World-sweatshop taint.

Surprisingly difficult, even when you go back to finding the raw materials to build your own version of something from scratch. You come down to chossing which vendor is the lessor of the evils.

Woah, someone's leasing out evils?


Yep, 10 year lease... just sign here. In blood.
 
2011-10-06 06:38:52 PM  
10 Unusual Things You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs (new window)

4) He denied paternity on his first child, claiming he was sterile. The mother had to initially raise the kid using welfare checks.

6) He doesn't give any money to charity. And when he became Apple's CEO he stopped all of their philanthropic programs.

7) He lied to Steve Wozniak. When they made Breakout for Atari, Wozniak and Jobs were going to split the pay 50-50. Atari gave Jobs $5000 to do the job. He told Wozniak he got $700 so Wozniak took home $350.
 
2011-10-06 06:40:23 PM  
Let's try that link again:

10 Unusual Things You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs (new window)
 
2011-10-06 06:42:03 PM  

altrocks: It was even called a "Padd" in TNG. Even the name was unoriginal!


We would have tried to make one back in the '80s except for the following problems:
1. Processing chips capable of running a GUI took too much electricity/produced too much heat
2. Batteries weren't readily available with the longevity necessary for practical use
3. We lacked good means of making tough, small color LCD touchscreens for cheap; we also lacked the durable coatings to prevent scratches
4. Backlighting was substantially less developed - more power demand or using passive harder to see panels.

There had been previous attempts, it's just that the compromises of the past rendered those attempts not useful enough for extensive commercial success.
 
2011-10-06 06:52:30 PM  

Firethorn: altrocks: It was even called a "Padd" in TNG. Even the name was unoriginal!

We would have tried to make one back in the '80s except for the following problems:
1. Processing chips capable of running a GUI took too much electricity/produced too much heat
2. Batteries weren't readily available with the longevity necessary for practical use
3. We lacked good means of making tough, small color LCD touchscreens for cheap; we also lacked the durable coatings to prevent scratches
4. Backlighting was substantially less developed - more power demand or using passive harder to see panels.

There had been previous attempts, it's just that the compromises of the past rendered those attempts not useful enough for extensive commercial success.


I'm waiting for an iPad that's essentially just a slab of transparent aluminum with transparent plastic transistors. Maybe a little tube stuck to one end for the battery and usb connectors.
 
2011-10-06 06:53:28 PM  
"Tribute", yes.

"Wonderful, subtle", meh.

i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-06 07:10:06 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: She had a habit of installing every free crapware font on the intarwebz.


There's your problem. Use FontBook to look at all your fonts to see which ones are wonky. Virtually every one of those crapware fonts will generate a red flag.

Also, there's your legal problem. Using unregistered/unpaid-for fonts in your business to generate income is a huge violation of copyright laws.
 
2011-10-06 07:17:02 PM  

JackieRabbit: Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram, having six applications open (one of which is MS Windows) and five terminal sessions to various servers, and am having no memory or performance issue, I'm getting a kick out of some of the posts about how slow an klugey Macs are.


That's OK, I'm sure in the next thread somebody on your side will start saying equally uninformed things about bluescreens and viruses and what have you. That's the circle of fanboy.
 
2011-10-06 07:22:27 PM  

apeiron242: fark Steve Jobs.

fark Apple and their overpriced crap.

fark the iQueefs.


Wow. Take you a long time to create those two sentences, Einstein?
 
2011-10-06 07:46:47 PM  
i90.photobucket.com
 
2011-10-06 07:49:22 PM  

festus: Mitch Taylor's Bro: She had a habit of installing every free crapware font on the intarwebz.

There's your problem. Use FontBook to look at all your fonts to see which ones are wonky. Virtually every one of those crapware fonts will generate a red flag.

Also, there's your legal problem. Using unregistered/unpaid-for fonts in your business to generate income is a huge violation of copyright laws.


Font Book was the first thing we checked. It didn't show anything wrong, other than duplicates, which were easily resolved.

And thanks for your concern about our legal standing, but, per the license, freeware fonts are free to use. If we have to buy anything to complete a job, we do. We mark-up the cost of goods and services required to complete a job, so buying stuff, hiring photographers, etc., makes us money. (Assuming the client pays after the job is complete.)
 
2011-10-06 07:52:59 PM  

Boomhauer: It's usually caused by a hardware issue. I haven't seen one of these in years.


I hadn't seen one in years, and after the last iTunes update whenever I turn on Home Sharing on my Mac Laptop and play music on my Win7 Desktop - after 22 minutes I get a Kernel Panic on the Mac. Always 22 minutes. Doesn't matter what music is playing, after 22 minutes: POOP.

It's maddening, but I haven't really researched it.
 
2011-10-06 07:54:23 PM  

festus: Also, there's your legal problem. Using unregistered/unpaid-for fonts in your business to generate income is a huge violation of copyright laws.


Uh, there are free fonts out there for commercial use, that's not unheard of.
 
2011-10-06 08:20:37 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: canyoneer: Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.

So is spouting ten-dollar words to express two cents. What psychological mechanism prompted you to espound your opinion in a exaggerated expression of polysyllabic profundity and bombastic example of anti-brevity in hopes that the common Farker (if there is such) would feel sufficiently impressed to conclude that one is possesed of higher cognitive functioning?

In other words: Who stepped on your tail?


Headshot.
 
2011-10-06 08:52:38 PM  

aswarmofa: sosumi


I see what you did there.
 
2011-10-06 09:14:36 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: canyoneer: Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.

So is spouting ten-dollar words to express two cents. What psychological mechanism prompted you to espound your opinion in a exaggerated expression of polysyllabic profundity and bombastic example of anti-brevity in hopes that the common Farker (if there is such) would feel sufficiently impressed to conclude that one is possesed of higher cognitive functioning?

In other words: Who stepped on your tail?


These fine fellows agree.
www.imfdb.org
 
2011-10-06 10:16:59 PM  

Ben Enya: Any person who has ever been in marketing should have Job's picture in their office.

You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


Wendy's was a good restaurant until he died. Whoever took over really ran it into the ground, quality wise. They have become the companies they parodied in those old "Where's the Beef" commercials.
 
2011-10-06 10:25:46 PM  

Larofeticus: How did you people even find this?

Who checks xkcd on a thursday???


RSS reader would be my guess. That's how I read xkcd anyways along with Dilbert.
 
2011-10-06 10:37:47 PM  

Claude Ballse: Other wise I have an old 700mHz G3 iMac. Load OS9 onto it, and it's OK for speeds. Load OS X 10.0 and suddenly it becomes faster. Keep upgrading it until 10.4 (last PowerPC compatible OS) and with each upgrade the damn thing will get faster and faster.


Really? In my experience with my old G4 was that 10.3 was the fastest on older PowerPC hardware. OS X 10.4 and 10.5 (Leopard was the last PPC release, G4 and G5 only) were slower as older machines only met the low end of the memory requirements. I believe that Spotlight was a big factor but OS X is also a very RAM hungry OS.
 
2011-10-06 11:34:52 PM  

GavinTheAlmighty: moonage daydream: You're an ass. "How dare you show emotion for anyone other than ME?!?!?!?!!"

I think it's more along the lines of "why cry for someone who wouldn't cry for you?"

He was a very important, influential guy and it is sad that he died, especially to cancer. But let's not go overboard; his main purpose in life was to get you to buy his products. The end.


The kid's 13 and upset, and his dad proceeds to guilt him over being upset. That's farked up, I don't care who died. I remember being 13 and being attached to my idols; if I had found out David Bowie had died, I would have been inconsolable.

See, I have no issue with how you laid it out. Pulling a manipulative guilt trip on your kid is something else entirely.
 
2011-10-07 03:09:52 AM  
I'm getting several BSODs on my brand-new Thinkpad w/ Win7. Or was, until we narrowed it down to a faulty hard disk controller.

Faults happen. Guru Meditation Error.
 
2011-10-07 06:04:39 AM  
Yeah, I've had Macs freeze like that, too.
 
2011-10-07 06:43:11 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: Thanks guys. That is a really first-rate tribute.

XKCD is the best strip since Bloom County.


So you like over-rated things?
 
2011-10-07 10:41:12 AM  

captjc: Wendy's was a good restaurant until he died. Whoever took over really ran it into the ground, quality wise.


That would be Arby's, so no surprise.

(Though I believe they spun back off, or are about to spin back off, or something).
 
2011-10-07 12:32:15 PM  

zetar: Let's try that link again:

10 Unusual Things You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs (new window)


That was good, thanks.
 
2011-10-07 12:56:13 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: That would be Arby's, so no surprise.


Arby's itself was a good restraunt when I was a teen.

A lot of the time it's not your menu that makes or breaks you - it's your employees. Even if your food is simple, if the service is good and it's served hot&fresh, you're good to go.
 
2011-10-07 02:25:25 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.



That's one helluva tribute. Someone oughtta send that to his family. Nicely said, Treygreen13.

/perhaps a camel can pass through the eye of a needle
 
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