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Comment: Blows my mind (Score 2) 123

by PrimeWaveZ (#49733419) Attached to: Jason Scott of Textfiles.com Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

I have an addiction to information collection for my specific interests, which is why I'm going north of 12TB of historical crap. I understand his desire to archive all the things.

At least my wife can't complain about the amount of physical space the data takes up since HDD densities have been getting better recently...

Comment: Re:1932 Singer Sewing Machine (Score 1) 702

by PrimeWaveZ (#46790249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

My mom has a Singer from the mid 1920s (according to her) that is the most bulletproof piece of hardware I recall ever using.

About the only thing that has been done to it, as far as I can tell, is that the drive belt and power cord have been replaced due to material decomposition.

Comment: Re:Lies. (Score 1) 353

by PrimeWaveZ (#34004806) Attached to: Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself

Aside from Flash and print/device drivers at the kext level, I can't think of any third party software that ships as part of Apple's OS installation.

Apple no longer bundles Stuffit Expander, Internet Explorer, Netscape, MacLinks, or any of that stuff anymore.

Can you tell me the names of any applications that were bundled and are being removed?

Comment: Re:Lies. (Score 5, Insightful) 353

by PrimeWaveZ (#34004066) Attached to: Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself

Actually, Flash for the Mac does not have an auto update mechanism. Many people rely on Apple to supply Flash updates by way of OS updates. It's been that way for years. The latest spate of security issues with Flash has changed the landscape a bit.

When Apple qualified a version of Flash to ship with an OS update, but that version is a revision behind what Adobe has publicly posted, Apple is given shit for not having the latest update in their distribution. When Apple decides to let Adobe do the legwork in getting the newest version into peoples' hands, Apple is given more shit.

I don't see this being much different from the position on Java: third-party crap that they don't want to be responsible for anymore.

If Adobe wants to have Flash be up to date on the Mac, they can do it themselves.

As an aside, but as a still peripherally-related statement, about the only third party software I'm in favor of Apple supplying themselves is printer drivers. That stuff is constantly changing, and though I rarely print, I think that it's more important to support those vendors and get the latest print software out there than to get the newest versions of slow, antiquated runtimes onto machines.

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