February 13, 2009

More fail

As if the trail of hardware failures plaguing my existence isn't long enough already, my AppleTV now seems to be fritzing. It wants to constantly reboot itself and a couple of days ago I found it locked up entirely. I reset it back to factory settings to see if that would help, but that sets it back to the 1.0 software. Several attempts to run the system updater resulted in "The download is unavailable at this time, try again later". Gor!

Adding to the fail, it appears Mac Rumors has picked up my screenshots, and along with it, a trail of haters of everything Google and not Safari. Don't they get that we're helping make WebKit better too?

Fail, the third: Time Machine. My new MacBook Pro finally arrived and it was time to restore my life from the Time Machine backup drive, a FW400 external. Well, the MBP has no FW400. I had reasonable luck backing up Jo's MacBook over ethernet to a drive mounted via FireWire on my work Mac Pro, so I did the same hoping that Time Machine on the MBP would see the remote drive. Nope. There's even an option to browse other Time Machine volumes. Nope. Nada. Zilch. Zero. The MBP would not see the backup on the network volume. I ultimately got Time Machine into a mode where it would show me that there were backups in the time line, but they were grayed out, presumably because I didn't have permissions. They're my files! It's my account, just on another machine! I didn't even get the option of authorizing to access them.

So I figured I'd copy everything over by hand, since I could still see all the files. That half-worked. The problem is that it's full of ACLs and incorrect permissions. iPhoto and iTunes had a beast of a time trying to do anything with the databases when not even I had write permissions to update them. That took many, many hours to resolve. In the end I resorted to chmod -R 777 *, which made me sad. The files all still have an ACL on them, which I doubt I'll ever be able to remove, and will probably screw things up in other ways. In the end, I'm happy I had a backup, and Time Machine made it easier to make backups, but what good is it if the new machine doesn't recognize the backup and fights its permissions?

I know I'd still be doomed if these were PC's, but I can't help but wonder in what scenarios they expect people to use this stuff. Oh, and by the way, the interwebs tell me I don't make compelling products either, so I'm allowed to wonder.

Posted by pinkerton at February 13, 2009 12:31 PM | TrackBack