"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
I hate computers.

So we're a pre-press shop. Everyone uses OS9 or Classic with OS X.

I get a call this morning from one of the operators who tells me that "Classic crashed, and won't start again."

So I go over there and mess with the machine for three or four hours. I copy System Folders from other boxes, none of them get recognized as being bootable.

Then:

16:15 < solios> copy FROM the running OS 9 box TO the share.
16:15 < solios> do it the other way around and you'll get Pain in your face.

And that works. OS9 and Classic are happy. Unfortunately all the prefs, serial numbers, etc, from the original System are angry.

So I start copying crap around, becoming more and more annoyed with the situation.

And then Mark, another operator comes back from a smoke and says:

"You know, this used to happen... and we would just copy System Folder:System from another machine and replace the local copy and it would be okay again."

So yeah. I hate computers.

(Also, Norton 7.0 will destroy symlinks in / for OS X. Just a heads up. Fixing them is easy enough: Just re-symlink them from /private. Annoying, but hey. How often do you get to see single-user mode, eh, Mac guy?)

August 17, 2004 5:18 PM