Back when stuffit didn't suck...
23.44.07 - Mark
There's used to be a reason Mac software developers used to always archive their programs with stuffit. Back before OS X came to town with it's cool unix underpinnings, stuffit and .sit archives were the only effective game in town for bundling up Macintosh files. Back then you couldn't find a mac that didn't have some version of stuffit, and any power user usually had a few copies and a dozen aliases for it on their hard drive. It used to be a friendly reliable application that somehow, as soon as OS X came into town, turned into an absolute monster of a program.
The makers started nagging users for the software, begging them to download and pay for the latest version. They started introducing new archive formats into an already crowed (and long established) field. You can't even download it unless you give them permission to spam you with shitty software notices.
I don't remember the last time I didn't have to fight with stuff it to expand a file, let alone the last time I desired to make a stuffit archive.
Betweens zips and gzip, and tarballs in OS X's unix roots there's no need for sits anymore. Any remainging advantages sit files had could easily be passed off to an installer package or a very competent disk image file. yet, for some bizarre reason, people still release macintosh files as Sit archives, and every time I need those files, I end up fighting with stuff it to work.
Please, developers, give up on stuffit and stick to the standards. Apple's DMG, the cross platform ZIP, or the unix-y tar.gz etc. It's a real hassle when I have to install / run truly horrible software to install you software, and I'm getting to the point where the stuff it files aren't worth it
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DNS Swindlers Update
17.26.41 - Mark
So, the domain I was hunting for a month ago lapsed last week, so we enter into a whole new realm of DNS hell. Due to the low budget of the site, we opted not to try and play "the drop" with the evil companies that really just DoS whois servers and try and buy the domain name when it becomes available.
You would think that there isn't a profit involved when no one bids on the domains (which is the case here), but as far as I can tell, the main company for domain auctions, Snapnames seems to run a few side business that take part in Domain Kiting (link goes to a blog post by Founder/CEO of GoDaddy.com), so now there are a few domain names I'd like to have that are perpetually being bought and returned so these con artists can run link farms, display popups, and try and sell the domains back at exaggerated prices ($90+).
And to think, my day was going so well before I started looking back into this cursed domain issue.
I hate Windows
11.54.24 - Mark
Hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it.