May 15, 2005

I Need A Tree Surgeon

I am weak. I lack a certain fundamental strength of will that keeps people from doing some things that they know they are not supposed to do. But there I was sitting in front of the company laptop, next to it on the dining room table the install disc for OS X 10.4 Tiger.

I know I am not supposed to install Tiger on this system. I know the IT group and my boss would be pissed. But I could not resist. I slid the DVD into the slot loading drive and started the install sequence. The system rebooted itself off the DVD and began the install. It got as far as checking the destination disc and stopped. It wouldn't install.

So I ran the disk repair utility on the install disc. I have problems with my Catalog B Tree that Apple's disc utility would not repair.

So now I've got to get my hands on a copy of Disk Warrior. Disk Warrior will rebuild the directory catalog one file at a time. At least it will try to. I hope it does anyway. If I can't get the B Tree rebuilt then there is no way I can install Tiger without getting IT involved. I could back up the data, blank the drive and Tiger would install like a dream. But IT holds the discs for other software I would need to reinstall.

Involving IT is not an option. They would not approve. They take issue with unlicensed operating systems. They are such a bunch of stick in the mud weenies.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 04:59 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment


1 I too have stick in the mud technologists that I love to spar with.

BTW, Here's a topic shift. I just thought on reading your subtitle that perhaps the Feingold/McCain/FEC ruling might not be applicable to us because our sites are hosted outside the US in MUNUland.

Is there anything in the proposed text that has any bearing on that fact?

Posted by: Michele at May 15, 2005 07:05 PM (ht2RK)

2 Our Sysop resides outside the US, I believe at some point MuNu actually does reside in the US.

Posted by: Ted at May 16, 2005 07:02 AM (blNMI)

3 Sure, load unlicensed and unapproved software - and a fair share of viruses - and then when you can't get the spreadsheet done in time for Friday's VP review, who do you blame? IT. (Load some computer games on there too - Barbie's Big Adventure, or something like that....)

A thankless job.... Like the plumber, when everything goes OK, you never know they were there. But when something goes wrong there's hell to pay.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at May 16, 2005 03:44 PM (S417T)

4 Zendo Deb,

We're talking about MAC OS X here so I'm not worried about viruses. Plus the the disk I have is a copy of the one my boss bought for his home system. Since he loaned it to me in the original box, I trust its ok.

I do graphics not spreadsheets so if Excel craps out It's not a big deal.!!!

Also, if there is a problem with anything to do with a MAC, our help desk people come to me to tell them how to fix it. Then they go do what I told them and report a successfully resolved ticket back to their boss.

I make them look good. They make my job harder. So yeah, I don't thank them for that often!!!!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 16, 2005 04:19 PM (U3CvV)

5 Sorry, I just read that comment when it got emailed back to me and it sounds 500% harsher in black and white than it did in my head.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 16, 2005 04:21 PM (U3CvV)

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