Mountain Lion–security update

February 26, 2015 - Leave a Response

I’ve seen many complimentary remarks about Spotlight. And it could indeed be useful.  That was when it worked.  After the latest security update from Apple it no longer does so.  It is now totally useless.

One Publisher and PC Anzac

January 6, 2015 - Leave a Response

I’ve reached page 82 of Carolyn Holbrook, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography (Sydney: NewSouth, 2014) only to see that the next page is page 35.  From there the reader may reread pp. 35 through 82.  The argument–such as it is–is rejoined on page 131.  This remarkable performance on the part of the printer and publisher reflects quite well the quality of the argument of the author which has received loud approval from various academic historians of a particular political stamp (not that there seem many if any exception possible).  The book is notable for what it leaves out much more than for what it includes.

One of the cover blurbs comes from Jay Winter.  I wonder: has anybody every conducted a critical reading of the work of this historian?  His eccentric definition of transcendence should set alarm bells ringing  .  .  .  but apparently not.  After all, like his Australian counterparts, Winter reckons some people unworthy of genuine attention.  Curious, is it not, that these same people of the past may prove either to have been a substantial minority of public opinion or roughly half of the population here and there in Australia.  Still, we must not let empirical evidence get in the way of contemporary political imperatives.  I suppose that publishers who cannot put the physical book together probably help in this.  Then again, when the books are as tedious as Holbrook’s, what does it matter?

Apple and Greed

November 4, 2014 - Leave a Response

Is there any other connection.  What other quality would one associate with Apple.  Competence?  No, not any more.  But greed, definitely.  Why else bother with new versions of software and other bits and pieces annually?

Clearly Apple does not test its new offerings to anything like a satisfactory degree.  New features?  Rubbish.  Just new ways of making the computer work less effectively, particularly if the machine is more than a year old.  No doubt Steve Jobs was as keen as anyone to make bug profits; his successors appear to have no other interest.  Mavericks?  Yosemite?  it doesn’t matter.  Both more or less fraudulent.  Mini iPad 3: the ‘3’ referring to what?  One feature, of questionable genuine utility.  The list can then go on and on and on.  .  .  .

This from a gang that harps away about ‘moral obligations’ regarding the scientific and governmental fraud of climate change (apd.); curious how that extends neither to products nor taxation.

If you’re wondering I would change to Windows in a flash were there a genuine alternative to MS Office, especially the horror that is Word.  What windows-based word processor, comparable say, to Mellel, is available?  AFter all, one still has a book to write.  But ‘Made on a Mac’, I’d rather not.


Apple WWDC . . . who cares any more?

June 2, 2014 - Leave a Response

Or, why should they–or we?  If the images from the current Worldwide Developers’ Conference are any guide then little is on offer.  One reason for ignoring contemporary television and 99.9 per cent. of cinema is that is utterly devoid of merit, in essence a non-stop offering of kiddie litter.  Apple, whose disdain for sceptics of any sort, not just climate change (as presently defined) is well-known, has little now to commend it.  Safari often is little more than a spinning beach ball.  What OS X has is a choice of word processor.  Mellel is the one of choice here but , unlike Windows, there is a choice.  Linux is irrelevant.  So we stay with the increasingly egregious Apple–and its awful keyboards.  

Merit? What’s that in 21C?

April 10, 2014 - Leave a Response

So a new directorial fuss generated entirely upon political grounds, whatever “Electronista staff” may claim.  Funny how one side of politics only cops this type of campaign, though Apple’s Al Gore should have.  But then it was Apple that may have inaugurated this new set of heavily political concerns.  

In recent years I have often wondered if the twenty-first century had any merit.  By and large it has not.  Truth is dead.  So merit too.  Scholarship has largely died; universities, like primary and secondary schools, have become agents of (typically lying) propaganda.  What trust may one reside in government?  And media?  ‘Nuff said.  Corporations are not much better although they have at least to abide by some degree of consumer and other law.  

It might be amusing if not so serious.  Condi Rice is said by “Electronista staff” to have had a master’s degree by the age of twenty.  Fine (though William Pitt the Younger went to Cambridge shortly after his fourteenth birthday).  Given that intellectuals place great store in irony (more or less synonymous with contempt) the “Electronista staff” might have recalled that Condoleezza Rice’s doctorate was supervised by Josef Korbel, father to one of her predecessors as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.  Rice’s career is quite marvellous, as interesting as is much of her background, not least some of her experiences as a child.  So here we are, yet another politically motivated campaign designed to denigrate persons of ability but the wrong politics.

It used to be said that the cream rises to the top; no more, politics will only have the scum.  The lie is all.

More politics where it’s not wanted . . . or so one should have thought

April 4, 2014 - Leave a Response

Donating $1,000 to a political campaign is now a cause for giving some one–the boss, no less–the sack.  Thus the fate of the CEO of Mozilla, because:

as Glenn Reynolds points out, he held the same view about gay marriage as Barack Obama in 2008 rather than the view Dick Cheney held in 2008

A company statement is, as Powerline suggests, straight from the pen of George Orwell when writing distopian fiction.

A few weeks ago it was the boss of Apple who said that a certain group of people could not hold or buy shares in his company.  That’s the same CEO whose remuneration this past year was $US73.9 million.  As at other times it remains very safe, even congenial, to be politically correct these days with little want of help from taxpayers–whether they like it or not.  I think often of Pastor Paul Schneider (1897-1939) when contemplating the present.  Who was he?  Look him up.  The parallels are not clear-cut but as Mark Twain remarked, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.  And the rhythm here is becoming more clear with each day that passes.


Update:  Robert P. George at First Things takes up the story.




And the point is . . .

April 2, 2014 - Leave a Response

That is,the point of consecutive pieces of television advertising.  Normally I watch not television, but this morning for the first time in several months, I did see a little.  It was last few minutes of the first half and the first few minutes of the second half of the Champions League quarter-final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.  And Ronaldo’s goal was sublime.  But that’s not the point.

The point is the accompanying advertising prior to the chat show that for decades has punctuated SBS’s football offerings (the least viewer could write the script).  The first advertisement was for something called BET365, which concluded in small print ‘gamble responsibly’.  Next was Nike, offering an imperative in much larger font size: ‘Risk Everything’.  Hmmm.

Kessab, Syria and the ABC, inter al.

March 27, 2014 - Leave a Response

Time magazine had a brief essay on the subject of Islamists and the Syrian border town of Kessab.  It seemed largely sympathetic to the marauders.  A blogger, Mark Movsesian, with First Things informed readers of the existence and events at the place.  He further observed:

Many Armenian Christians in Kessab descend from refugees who fled the last great persecution of Christians in the region, the Armenian Genocide of 1915–itself a byproduct, in part, of a jihad the Ottoman Empire declared against Christians during World War I. The sad ironies will not escape any of the Christians in Syria today.

Mark Twain’s rhyming history diligently creates new couplets.  

And western media?  Except for Time as mentioned, neither seen nor heard.


Apple as poisoned fruit.

March 6, 2014 - Leave a Response

Two reports give pause to this long-time user of the products initially of Apple Computer, latterly reduced to Apple Inc.  

The first told of CEO Tim Cook’s remark that climate change sceptics need not hold shares in his company.  I presume that extends to customers as well.  If not, why not?

The second tells of Apple cheating Australian taxpayers of significant taxation revenue.  Still, I don’t suppose anybody else–say, Microsoft, Dell etc.–does anything differently.  But Apple does promote itself as somewhat more pure morally than most like firms.  Perhaps that’s just part of the Democrat ethos (what with former Veep Al Gore on the board).  I have often wondered just level of market share Apple has lost owing to its Democratic connections and promotion (e.g. New York Times).  Given that elections in Australia are no more than auctions with even the expression of bids by the opposing players paid for by taxpayers compelled by law to attend, this may not be that important.  Against that is the expense of Apple (and other) products in Australia.  iTunes, which cannot define a music file, is breath-takingly expensive here.  But, again, what the heck?  

Recall that Thomas Hobbes remarked that “the life of man [was] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” in the absence of political community.  The twentieth century showed that it held true even in many forms of political community.  Life itself is longer now, but the qualifications on “solitary”, “nasty” and “brutish” are weakening.  Apple seems determined to advance, if that’s the right word, these conditions.


Oz Intelligentsia on Display

February 27, 2014 - Leave a Response

You can read it all here.  Climate change goes on and on.  .  .  .

What I noticed in particular was an absurd sentence by a journalist, David Marr who finds the want of public interest in climate change, the political ideology of the day.  He tries to command:

We need to pray for an absolutely devastating drought to make [climate-change denying] Australia snap out of it.

Why “pray”?  Has David Marr found God?  Or does he recall that during a severe drought many years ago the premier of Queensland at the time, the much-derided Joh Bjelke-Petersen, prayed for rain.  Such, apparently, was the success of his petition that a few days later many begged him to turn off the spigot.  Alternatively, Marr and his friends (all listed in the linked article in Quadrant), could head for somewhere caught up in drought, California.  Or, they might leave the green shores of Oz for inland dry, like south-west Queensland.  I don’t mind.  What I do mind is taxpayers’ funds being wasted on spurious literary festivals.  Want variety of perspective?  Where you might find it, I don’t actually know.  Where you definitely won’t find it is at a government-sponsored literary event.  We should note the fundamental contempt that the likes of David Marr have for those who provide for their comfort.  In South Australia the government includes a Fringe, an alleged Festival of the Arts (once upon a time it was), a car race  and a public holiday and plonks an auction (sorry, election) in the middle of it all.


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