The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015



No, seriously, you can go XXXX yourself, Apple.

The backup? Went smooth. And way faster than I expected. The upgrade to El Presidente de Por Vida? It took longer than the 30 minute estimate it gave, but eh, I can live with that. And my files were still there. That's good.

Less good? Oh, let's see … I had statically set the IP address of the Mac and Apple blew that setting away. Good one! I had a VPN configured for work, operational word there being had. Apple blew those settings away.

Apple also deleted everything I had under /usr/local/bin.

XXXX you, Apple.

So there went my only OS X compiled version of Synergy.

Have I told you to XXXX off yet, Apple?


XXXX off.

I still had the source, but guess what?

source='CArch.cpp' object='CArch.o' libtool=no \
	depfile='.deps/CArch.Po' tmpdepfile='.deps/CArch.TPo' \
	MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.2 depmode=gcc3 /bin/sh ../../config/depcomp \
	g++ -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I../.. -I../../lib/common     -g -O2 -g -Wall -Wno-unknown-pragmas -Werror   -DSYSAPI_UNIX=1 -DWINAPI_CARBON=1 -D_THREAD_SAFE  -c -o CArch.o `test -f 'CArch.cpp' || echo './'`CArch.cpp
In file included from CArch.cpp:16:
In file included from ./CArch.h:25:
In file included from ./IArchString.h:19:
../../lib/common/BasicTypes.h:78:10: fatal error: '/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Headers/../Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Headers/MacTypes.h' file not found
#include </System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Headers/../Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Headers/MacTypes.h>
1 error generated.
make[3]: *** [CArch.o] Error 1
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make: *** [all] Error 2

Yeah! Screw backwards compatability! That only leads you to legacy hell ala Microsoft.

To be fair, even if I had the executable it probably wouldn't have worked, but man … that is a serious blow to my work flow here at Chez Boca. Not only the ease of sharing a keyboard and mouse between two computers of differing operating systems, but cut-n-paste! Cut-n-paste between the two operating systems!

I did download the latest version (although you won't find that link on the main Synergy website) but it requires some manual “fixes” to the source code that have yet to be checked in (really? Seriously, what the XXXX?) and of course it requires yet another build system (really? You can't even make cross-platform Makefiles? It's not that hard. Tedious, I'll give you that, but that's like a one-time thing. XXXX!) and a large “cross-platform portability library” and XXXX me, this means it probably isn't backwards compatible with the version on my Linux system and I'll have to upgrade that too because of CADT XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX me XXXX!


Okay, so maybe Apple isn't the only thing trying to XXXX me over.

[Ooh … my bad—Apple did NOT delete everything. –Sean]

Well. That felt good. Now to email this … oh wait


iCloud this and iCloud that. What about uShutTheXXXXUp!

On the plus side, I have finally restored my iPhone. Of course, to do that, I had to disable “Find my iPhone” before iTunes would restore my iPhone. If course, when you do that, you get this friendly email from Apple:

Find My iPhone <>
Find My iPhone has been disabled on iPhone.
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:48:57 +0000 (GMT)

Find My iPhone has been disabled on iPhone.

With Find My iPhone disabled, this device can no longer be located, placed in Lost Mode, or remotely erased using or the Find My iPhone iOS app.

In addition, your Apple ID and password will no longer be required for someone to erase, reactivate, and use your iPhone.


iCloud is a service provided by Apple.
Apple ID:
Terms and Conditions:
Privacy Policy:
Copyright 2015Apple Inc. 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States. All rights reserved.

XXXX you too, Apple!

Apple is really pushing the iCloud thing. Really pushing it. Like, “you know you'll be XXXXXX if you don't use this, right?” pushing it.

No, I do NOT want to use it. And yet, I have to keep telling Apple that over and over and over again as I run various applications.


I leave this without comment

[Is this what Apple has become?  Mimicking Microsoft and the constant need for updating?  Why even bother asking as this point?  Just go ahead and XXXXXXX do it Apple!  XXXX me up the XXX!  Oh wait ... did I say I would leave this without comment?]

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