Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Finder crashing when using contextual menu

I was having this bizarre, intermittent Finder crash when control-clicking to bring up a contextual menu. It turns out that the StuffitCM was the problem.


Stuffit contextual menu plugins are known to cause problems like this. Go to /Library/Contextual Menu Items and move any Stuffit plugins to the desktop. If the problem is solved, trash the plugin. If you don't have any Stuffit plugins, experiment with the ones that are there.

And later on that page, I found a fixed plugin:

Sunday, February 25, 2007

MS continues its anti-competitive practices

MacNN | Mac users pay more, MS blames security:

Microsoft has ensured that Mac owners will pay a premium for using its Vista operating system in a virtualized environment -- such as Parallels Desktop -- due to a portion of the Redmond-based company's license agreement forbidding such action.

Does this garbage really surprise anyone? So Macs can now run Windows, huh? Well, you should have known M$ would find a way to dig under the hood and make it tough. The goal? To harm the rival it always steals ideas from, of course. What "security" problems could Macs possibly pose to WIndows, and vice-versa?

Need more proof on M$ plans to take over the electronic world? Check this TechWeb article on Yahoo!:

In a direct challenge to Adobe, Microsoft Corp. said on Friday that three major news publishers -- Associated Newspapers Ltd., Forbes Inc. and Hearst Corp. -- are planning to develop their own digital reader applications using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) display technology.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

MS emails show jealousy over OS X Tiger

Apparently, Microsoft KNOWS how pathetically behind Apple they ALWAYS are in terms of innovation. Check this link to see what I mean:

Emails show MS experienced OS X Tiger envy

For my other views on Micro-sloth, check these previous posts:

Vista fashizzle

Steve Balmer

M$ laptop giveaway

Window's chief: "I'd buy a Mac..."

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Vista ain't the fashizzle

Here we have an article where Bill Gates (a.k.a. Damien) attempts to actually convince his sheep that the OS X-look-alike, Vista, is safer than OS X:

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine," Gates claims.

The full load of BS from the MS founder can be read here at MSNBC. I'm sure his nose grew about 12 feet by the time he left the interview.

Then comes the truth, of course. The Mac is making inroads against Microsoft, gaining a few percentage points of market share. Bill Gates would normally never address Apple; now he has to, because Apple has become a threat. Computer users are more savvy these days, and they're aware of the open plagiarizing M$ has perpetrated against Apple; OS X has had these "new, innovative features" for years, but true to form, M$ slaps its label on the technology and acts like it just "innovated" all the new, wonderful technologies. Fortunately, M$ always leaves out one key component when photocopying...quality is an afterthought. Apparently, that's still the case. Read on.

And even more truth. A Mac user bought and installed Vista and seemingly regretted that decision:

The online sale went fine and I was issued a license key for my second machine. The problem was that the key didn't work. I re-entered and double-checked it at length with no luck. Time to go to support. In the email I received it had a web link to follow if you need help, so I clicked. It goes to a non-existant page at, and still does today.