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Heart of Darkness

What do you want of me?

Posted on 2009.04.06 at 09:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Man of La Mancha - 1965 Original Broadway Cast Recording
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I need smarter friends. There's no more 'we' there's just me. I feel...disconnected. Why does command-line apt-get not reinstall, but the GUI does? Why does 'purge' leave files? Why is apache2 so much more difficult to manually configure? Why won't php work out of the box on a dedicated LAMP installation? Why will the // properly display but not php pages?

I also need advanced Photoshop help. Who the hell am I supposed to turn to for that? Google is only filled with simple answers to common questions. There's no real knowledge there. Seemingly nothing I want to do can be answered simply. How do I install a non-vPar virtual machine on HP/UX 11vi? Why does phpwiki say only that 'creating a page is easy' with no information on how to do so? None of the hard questions are out there. And when they are, they sit silent; unanswered.

Are they dumbing down the procedure, or are they dumbing me down? By automating everything, I've become lazy, and dull. Ergo, when there's a problem with that automation, it takes me longer to fix. I'm no longer sharp. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Making something idiot-proof only creates bigger idiots.

Why is there a corporate edict stating that the Chrome browser is a security risk when they suggest we use IE, the most exploited browser ever invented instead? WHY WILL NO ONE ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS? And for those who do, why won't you cowards answer them?

There are other questions as well. Questions perhaps I haven't asked, which I'll take the blame for. Why was schpydurx asked to write movie reviews? And what exactly is The Early Mixes about anyway? I just don't know.

Placate me, f-list.

Comments:


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-06 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
*placates*

How was that? Do you feel placated yet?

No? Let me try again:



Moar placating? MOAR!

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-06 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
You look quite beautiful today!!!
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-06 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, kind sir. ;)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-06 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
I strive only to tell the truth ma'am!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
He speaks only truth.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:45 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I'm speechless. And...strangely placated. Thanks.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-04-06 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
25 words or less: The Early Mixes is about a guy who agrees to manage a friend's band and finds it a little more difficult than he first imagined.

You're on your own with the others.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
Succinct. Thank you.
stuf123 at 2009-04-06 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
"I also need advanced Photoshop help. Who the hell am I supposed to turn to for that?"...read by the guy that has worked with photoshop almost everyday for the past 10 years. Ask away my friend...ask away.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much. I'm trying to learn new methodologies and can't get my head around them. Arrrgggh! I'll try to put something together which localizes my issue.

Thanks again.
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2009-04-06 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
Making something idiot-proof only creates bigger idiots.

Now that my friend, belongs on a t-shirt! Imagine the merchandising possibilities!


With Photoshop help... I have never considered myself an expert on anything but Photoshop is my second language. So I will stick my neck out. Let me know :)
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-06 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
Your Photoshop-fu is most thoroughly excellent! It's positively inspirational.
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2009-04-07 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
Why Thank You! :) You made my day! :) Somebody get this sexy woman a bottle of wine and hot man!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:41 (UTC) (Link)
I got a copy of "Photoshop Creative" magazine to hone my skills. And while it has great walk-thrus of what to do, it doesn't tell you how to do them. I know its for advanced users, but oftentimes I can't troubleshoot what I'm doing wrong with new tools. Thanks, I'll take you up on that!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-04-06 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
Well, there is: apt-get install --reinstall

Maybe you're just not asking in the right places? Or perhaps you have to rethink how you ask things. A LAMP server? I think "Ubuntu has lots of n00bs wanting to install LAMP, I want to install on Debian but I'll Google and search ubuntuforums.org for easy how-to guides geared toward Ubuntu people and hope they don't use webmin" ;) I quite like how apache2 in Debian works, my brain finds it very intuitive with the separation of files into available and enabled mod and site directories, and shiny a2ensite a2enmod commands.

The Chrome thing came up on a local list I'm on, someone offhandedly was talking about IE7 and "how nefarious Chrome is". Questions about how Chrome was "nefarious" have been met with silence. It's funny because in other threads I've seen reasons tend to be along the lines of "Google is secretly EVIL!" and "The are a CORPORATION, oh NO!!!" ...er, and MS isn't?

Edited at 2009-04-06 06:29 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:39 (UTC) (Link)
Well, there is: apt-get install --reinstall
Unfortunately, that didn't restore files I'd purposely deleted. I did discover, however, that if I simply touched them, it would ask me if I wanted to replace them.

Or perhaps you have to rethink how you ask things.
This is true as well, and frustrating. I stopped buying Marty Poniatowski's HP/UX books because 70% of them were reprints of manpages. *sigh*

how-to guides geared toward Ubuntu people and hope they don't use webmin
One of my pet peeves with unix forums in general is once you've asked a very specific question, many responses give you alternatives - not very helpful when you're doing it the way you've asked for a very specific reason. Thankfully, the ubuntu forums are NOT like that. However, they do have a fault in that the answer a lot of the time is: "EASY, here's how to do it in three steps!" But no answers to when those three easy steps fail. I do a whole hell of a lot more than 'apt-get' and that answer alone isn't wholly inclusive. What I do like about apt-get is the kernel updates don't break independently compiled applications.

apache2
There are a lot of things I like about apache2. The mods are one of them. Installing everything as a 'Virtual Host' is not. I grew up on the httpd.conf file.

Chrome
Google does have a bad rap of keeping centralized server copies of potentially sensitive local information. But your analogy is perfect. SO DOES MICROSOFT!

Thanks for the placation!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-06 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
"I'm no longer sharp."

You are turning 40 this year!!!
Me
photogoot at 2009-04-06 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
To me he'll always be that wide eyed 20 year old who I met in Europe oh those many years ago.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Dad?
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and I'm beginning to feel each and every year of it.
~JungMee~
sacredyuja at 2009-04-06 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
*placates with the good type of cookies*
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I like cookies. Especially the good type ;)
prog_guy69
prog_guy69 at 2009-04-07 11:46 (UTC) (Link)
"Why was schpydurx asked to write movie reviews?"

~Apparently, the person who asked had no idea what he/she was getting himself/herself into.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-04-07 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
As good as explanation as any, sir.
hiro_antagonist at 2009-04-07 20:40 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps they do ;)

It was I who asked him, after all. In short, I write the occasional movie review, he does the same and the styles are similar enough that he worked well as a contributor for my movie review blog.

Nothing terribly mysterious.
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