And the solution back then was pretty simple. One of my friends had a Windows machine running, and he registered it for me, since apparently Parallels and Safari/Chrome/Chromium/K-Meleon/Internet Explorer were a bad combination.
I thought there’d be one registration for all Visual Studio Express-based products. I was wrong.
Tonight, I had Visual Basic homework, and Visual Basic 2008 Express bugged me to register. And I got the same shitty green spinner and nothing worked no matter what I tried. I even booted my Mac into Windows XP. No luck.
After a little googling around, I was amazed at what I found:
This is a “known bug” that has been reported since 2008.
The “fix” to the bug involves going into the registry and resetting the 30-day timer.
You will then get bugged in another 30 days unless you register through the Help menu’s Register Now link, because that one links to the right page.
The first question my dad and brother asked me when I told them in a reality distortion field-induced daze about the iPad was “Is Flash running on it?”
And I said, “Fuck no, don’t let it get anywhere near the iPad.”
Then later on, I got an IM telling me I was a fool to consider buying the iPad because “IT DOESN’T EVEN DO FLASH”.
News “flash”: as soon as the Mac release of Google Chrome catches up feature-wise to Chromium, I will no longer need Flash at all. (Chromium does the same thing Firefox does for HTML5 video; it doesn’t allow you to view H264 for patent reasons, which is frankly idiotic, since I have QuickTime on my machine and it could play it fine.)
I do not care for Farmville. I do not care for crappy animated ads.
I care about stability, speed, and reducing distractions. Getting rid of Flash is a great way of doing that.
Go back a couple years to when rumors were building up that Apple was working on a cell phone, and it’d be really cool. What came out of that? You’d be tempted to say the iPhone, right? You’re wrong. I’m talking about the Motorola ROKR.
Yes, there are content deals in place with print publishers for making rich media periodicals and newspapers available through iTunes. However, there is no “Apple tablet” in the same way there was no “iPhone” when the ROKR was introduced. This is an “iTunes tablet”, the same way the ROKR was an “iTunes phone”. And it’s called the Motorola Droid Tablet, and it’ll be available through Verizon.
It’s a bigger Droid, still running Android. No worries about having to deal with an onscreen keyboard for input , the Droid Tablet has a slide-out keyboard you can use if you choose to.
And it has an iTunes app; the best Android app ever written. It lets you sync up to 300 songs, 2 movies, 2 TV shows, and 5 books. The initial experience will seem really nice due to the reality distortion field. But it will largely be crap.
The Apple tablet all of you are predicting and longing for is still a year or two out. This is going to be a transitional product, much like the ROKR was, to show people how much the tablet market sucks. And then they’ll take the world by storm with the real tablet.
Don’t get your hopes up, kids.
This post is mostly made-up, though I can edit this IN THE FUTURE if it turns out to be true and look like a genius.
In a few hours, I’ll be on the 21 line, bound for Les Rivières, heading towards the first class of the semester. The semester I will spend in the second group, the one very few of my friends are in. The semester I will spend learning Visual Basic.NET and Oracle Form Builder. The semester I will spend being bored out of my mind.
Guys in the first group, you were a blast to be around last semester. I cannot stress this enough. Despite our teachers ranging from exceptionally skilled to exceptionally incompetent, and the mediocrity of the content we saw, you guys made last semester the best semester so far. That is an accomplishment.
Tech Support Guidelines, Most Of Which I Have Invented By Reading *Your* Emails and Tweets
If you have an issue, how about you actually email it in instead of whining that something doesn’t work on Twitter, and never actually specifying what it is.
You can pretty much tell who’s running Rock Extensions by checking if the address a support email is sent from ends with @aol.com. No one will support you if you have Rock Extensions installed; I am no different.
Service quality tends to be directly proportional to the politeness of your emails. Don’t be an asshole. Mistakes and bugs are a part of life; don’t attack me just because you’ve run into one.
Twitter’s 140 chars is nice for broadcasting messages out there. It is horribly inefficient for support problems, and conversations where you try to resolve issues. Email me your issues if you have them. Don’t use Twitlonger.
I have a personal Twitter account and an Iconoclasm-specific Twitter account. Send Iconoclasm-related tweets to @Iconoclasm_ or your message will be ignored.
Read the tweets I post. Lots of you ask questions I’ve already answered in previously posted non-reply tweets. Questions like that make me question the widespread nature of literacy.
So, M$ and HP announce a tablet, and nobody cares?
And to think, Microsoft could have made the much-rumored, pretty much confirmed Apple tablet look like a “me too” product with Courier, an awesome prototype for a tablet/e-reader thing they unveiled sometime last September. But no, they didn’t show that, did they?
They showed a fucking portable touchscreen PC running Windows 7.
In case Microsoft hadn’t looked at their sales figures for tablet PCs recently, those don’t sell. Mainly because the user interface is largely unmodified from the one on desktops/laptops, so it’s not exactly fit for pen/finger interaction.
Microsoft clearly panicked when they heard Apple was going to unveil some kind of slate device. So they pulled a Tablet PC they were likely going to demo anyways out of their asses, they replaced the word “tablet PC” for “slate” in their slides, and they tried to benefit from the hype Apple managed to create around the word “slate”.
Except Microsoft seemed to have missed something. The hype wasn’t surrounding the word “slate” by itself. It was surrounding “Apple slate”.
Microsoft has been trying to shove tablet PCs down people’s throats since 2001, and it hasn’t worked. Apple’s the kind of company who sees a market where people are doing it wrong, and they come along and completely change people’s perceptions of that market.
That is what the hype is about. The possibility of tablets, both Apple’s and those who will attempt to compete with it afterwards, that don’t suck like the ones we have now.