Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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December 6th, 2011

RT @franksting: The end of year magazines went to bed in September, surely? [Oh, quite possibly. Do they still make magazines any more?]

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The PR firms have been pumping out 2012 predictions for at least a week and a half now, @franksting. They still work to print deadlines.

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@franksting Yes, I have discovered the Puppet Master. Quite a few years ago, as it happens.

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RT @franksting: Is @stilgherrian still owned? [Yes. There’s a song.] youtu.be/nrs8CgpH980

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@quietdiscourse I am liveblogging this work. It was the easiest way to discuss it with randoms without annoying everyone else.

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@jonoabroad I’m avoiding the backup and reinstall for now due to being on mobile bandwidth and not having all installation media here.

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@R_Chirgwin Shara_Evans I dod go to OS X Lion earlier than planned, but, here I am.

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Oh it’s not more hard drive space I need,. @jonoabroad, I’m solving that with some shuffling now. It’s MOAR ALCOMAHOL!

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@grantshow This coming from the man who asked “ASL?” on the liveblog earlier.

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@R_Chirgwin @shara_evans Orly? This is the first problem I’ve had related (probably) to OS X upgrade in many a year.

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@dolldolldoll I suggest you click through to CoverItLive’s support notes. I can’t really troubleshoot that for you.

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On anti-Norton comments, @D_Keating @moldor, I’ll put my responses on the liveblog. Sloganeering on Twitter shits me. arseh.at/owr

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Gawd. Surely this “problem” with my MacBook Pro isn’t just software incompatibility? See latest posts on the liveblog. arseh.at/owr

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NSW crime statistics for Sept 2011 are out. We continue to get safer and safer. arseh.at/ox0

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Indeed, @R_Chirgwin @GTRoberts, I should also mention that this scam affects… most of us? /cc @brettatitnews

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“$45k stolen in phone porting scam”, great journalism from @brettatitnews arseh.at/owz

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“Creeping bacon-flavoured sharia!”

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@grum @antzpantz Overclocking isn’t about faster computers, it’s about penises.

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@ApostrophePong It should be giving you either a Flash version or, if no Flash, an HTML5 one. No? Otherwise it’s just an MP3 to download.

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@RealNickHodge Mission Accomplished, Mr President.

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@ApostrophePong Probably the best way to listen is “not at all”.

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@trib @nphair @BundyB It’ll certainly be interesting to read the High Court’s reasoning.

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Reading @joshgnosis’ analysis of the AFACT v iiNet High Court appeal. arseh.at/oww

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Copying data. This tweet will continue to be true for quite some hours to come.

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It’s all on the liveblog, @franksting. I’m not repeating just ‘cos you can’t scroll. arseh.at/owr

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Consensus on liveblog: Weird-arse PDF causing Apple Mail to crash, possibly due to broken Norton installation. Backing up now.

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Right. I am now liveblogging my troubleshooting over at “Live Blog: How pwned am I?” arseh.at/owr

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RT @ericscheid: i was thinking more like “UIDL\nDELE nnn\nQUIT\n” [I approve, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.]

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@fictillius You sure that’s right? I’m blowing away that directory, but I still get the same messages open.

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To make it less annoying for everyone, I’ll liveblog this process on my website. Stand by. I wish I had another computer here though.

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This would be the OS X / PDF malware you’re thinking about, I reckon @iain_chalmers arseh.at/owp

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Not in the mood for this.

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Ah! I’ll still have a copy of the suspect email on that backup. [thinking aloud] Now, to figure out how I can tell if I’m infected.

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Uhoh. The date of Norton’s last LiveUpdate check was 4/11, the same date as the suspect email. Transferred to new machine on 12/11. Pwned?

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Let’s see how good / not good Symantec support is these days.

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But all that said, the dates also match when I copied everything from a dying Snow Leopard machine to a new Lion machine. Curious.

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… because when I went to scan it just then, Norton AntiVirus said “There are pieces missing from LiveUpdate” and to reinstall. Hmmm…

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Damn! I accidentally deleted the suspect message! It was older than one month. I wanted to see if the attached PDF file was indeed dodgy…

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So, can I replicate the crash? Yep, most certainly can!

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Ah here we go. First crash left com.apple.mail.plist.lockfile in place. Mail couldn’t start with a fresh set of open windows. Now it can.

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@tommaynard Ah well I used to do this stuff for a living, and MUCH harder problems. Evidence-based troubleshooting FTW.

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@tommaynard Ah, my approach is to understand things, not randomly trash files until things work. YMMV.

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Ah well, a’troubleshooting I go. Baxoon.

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@ericscheid “Hang on, this JPEG is compressed. Read it out slowly.”

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@ericscheid Good old “telnet mail.stilgherrian.com pop3”? Yeah of course I do. And I can render HTML in my head. ;)

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@gigglyfriday Slightly picky here, but I’m sure you’ll be boarding the boat now, and disembarking (not alighting) at the end of lunch.

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Oh this is cute. Apple Mail crashes on launch ‘cos the currently-selected email is corrupt (dodgy PDF?). Even with “Do not restore windows.”

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Suddenly remembering that multiplication is commutative. That does make life simpler.

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@ozdj @en_gy Thank you for your assistance. That’s such excellent proof that sentiment analysis is bullshit. arseh.at/own

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I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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RT @leslienassar: Andrew Bolt and Bob Ellis aren’t so much Yin and Yang as Gatekeeper and Keymaster.

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“SANS Institute slags Australia’s anti-botnet iCode”, writes @LiamT. It doesn’t seem to, well, do anything. arseh.at/owm

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RT @leslienassar: God willing, one day Bob Ellis and Andrew Bolt will be able to gay-marry and excrete the Destroyer of Worlds.

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You two should compare notes, @safzoro @leslienassar

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Oh. @ozdj didn’t actually use arseh.at but I autofixified the link manually when TweetDeck screwed it up and that’s what came out.

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RT @ozdj: Social media “sentiment analysis” (DRINK!) is such a wank. Proof: arseh.at/owl

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I think it’s important to base your entire in-depth understanding of politics on the plots of three mediocre Hollywood movies.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @gilfer This is true. The Hyatt Canberra breakfast buffet has plenty of blue cheese, and it’s great with the fresh melon.

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“The presidential race is in fact America’s original reality show,” and ignore any “averaging” of polls. arseh.at/owi

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Dear Gartner, an event 0800 to 1000 is not a “half-day”. Does this reflect the rest of your analysis? arseh.at/owh

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Just how fucked is RIM? Here’s a picture. arseh.at/owg

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RT @jeamland: Dear @firstdogonmoon, could we have a cartoon depicting @BernardKeane’s spittle driven vent? [Like a whale’s blowhole?]

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Dear Marketers, adding an exclamation mark to not-an-exclamation does not make your product more exciting. It marks you as illiterate.

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RT @jasonlangenauer: Say what you will about pedophiles, at least they slow down in school zones.

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RT @smperris: You’re turning tricks now? [Well, y’know, some johns prefer a more secluded location for their, um, bookings. ]

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Careful readers will note that Tuesday’s plan looks exactly like Monday’s. Yep, that pretty much sums up Monday. And for my next trick…

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Tue plan: Manage client webby work; plan this month’s writing; update an article I wrote for reprinting in a book for schools (true); TGIT.

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RT @jplonie: would seem more efficient just to urinate on them? [Yeah but then where else would you collect such a panoply of bullshit?]

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OH: “Today does feel like an Internet Suicide Pact kind of day.” [Too fuckin’ right, Sister!]

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Pro tip: Whenever you see a report about “the rise of cybercrime”, demand to see their definition of “cybercrime”, then urinate on them.

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@shinyseal I would like to experience a breakfast-related wormhole. I suspect it has sparkly effects at the edges.

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Where can I get some intergalactic cornflakes? Seriously, I need some today.

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@jeamland I have just looked up that quote, and then wished I hadn’t. Can we perhaps forget that it ever happened?

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RT: Blog post: “Oh dear, it’s a caption competition, Fiona and Ben!” feat @bengrubb and @aussexparty’s Fiona Patten. arseh.at/ovv

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This? THIS? It’s called “Tuesday”. What of it? Have you got a problem with that?

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