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Rush Limbaugh Begs Steve Jobs For Bug Fixes 689

Posted by Zonk
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jlgolson writes "Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh complained on his radio program about some problems that he was having with his Mac: 'Mr. Jobs, please help me. I know we don't agree on anything ... But can you put me to somebody that can get this going, because I know it's gotta work for most people. What am I doing wrong?' Eventually he shared that he was running into actual problems with Time Machine and Back to My Mac. Can you fix them?"
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Rush Limbaugh Begs Steve Jobs For Bug Fixes

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  • moto (Score:5, Funny)

    by Idiomatick (976696) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:28AM (#22431410)
    'stuff that matters' ???
    • Re:moto (Score:5, Insightful)

      by NecroPuppy (222648) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:32AM (#22431454) Homepage
      Actually, it sort of is.

      It's news because it's a known issue with Time Machine that now a high profile user is raising. And it's now something that might get fixed.

      Whether you like Rush or hate him (I find him amusing), I'm actually quite interested that he not only uses Macs, but has a network of them.

      Of course, there will be the standard set of "evil people use Macs?" If someone actually says it in a new way, I may find that entertaining as well.
      • Re:moto (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Sorthum (123064) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:35AM (#22431470) Homepage
        It'd be kind of nice if instead of the usual "Republicans are evil" flamefest, we could treat this as what it is-- a guy who's genuinely annoyed with a bug he can't get resolution for from Apple.

        Be interesting to see how quickly Apple coughs up a fix...
        • Re:moto (Score:5, Funny)

          by NecroPuppy (222648) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:38AM (#22431502) Homepage
          It'd be kind of nice if instead of the usual "Republicans are evil" flamefest...

          I'd say, "You're new here, aren't you?" but your slashdot ID is 100k lower than mine.
        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          It'd be kind of nice if instead of the usual "Republicans are evil" flamefest,
          A noble thought, but ripping on a bastard like Limbaugh is just to much fun. [bushflash.com]
          • Re:moto (Score:5, Funny)

            by anagama (611277) <obamaisaneocon@nothingchanged.org> on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:03AM (#22431620) Homepage
            Old Joke:

            A customer arrives at a car lot for a new car. The salesman steers him toward the top of the line model with all the newest bells and whistles. While they're out on the test drive, the salesman tells the potential buyer that the radio is so advanced, it understands voice commands. To demonstrate, the salesman says "classical", and wouldn't you know it, a classical station is automatically tuned in. He tells the driver to try, and he says "classic rock". Before you can blink, Led Zepplin is pulsing through the speakers. The driver is duly impressed and is about to comment on how cool that is, when some punk kid in a riced out civic cuts him off. The driver yells "ASSHOLE" .... and the radio tunes to Rush Limbaugh .
            • Re:moto (Score:5, Funny)

              by Mister Transistor (259842) on Friday February 15, 2008 @05:35AM (#22432354) Journal
              Older Joke:

              Q: What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

              A: One is a flaming Nazi gas bag, the other is a dirigible.

              • Re:moto (Score:5, Funny)

                by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 15, 2008 @08:24AM (#22433316)

                Q: What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?
                A: Limbaugh is still high.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by maczealot (864883)
          The chances of this thread not going nuclear by business hours in America today are about equal to those of Apple doing something smart with this:

          Send Al Gore with a new AirBook and a missing-manual.

          Seriously, I'm fairly conservative and _I_ would listen to that radio show (though I don't listen to Rush's show normally). Would be great publicity for all involved and *gasp* might have some serious dialogue on important issues. But like I said, that's about as likely as this thread not turning into a
        • huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by NewAndFresh (1238204) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:54AM (#22431892)
          Maybe I am somewhat new here, but this place seems to be overrun with Republicans.
          Yeah, there's plenty of moderate opinions (known in America as "the left"), but the amount of right-wing posts and moderation here seems a little strange. (election year?)
          • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

            by Shadowmist (57488)
            Techies and Trekkies (of which Slashdot is full of) in my experience tend to lean towards the right.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by _KiTA_ (241027)

        Whether you like Rush or hate him (I find him amusing), I'm actually quite interested that he not only uses Macs, but has a network of them.
        He's only amusing until you realize that

        a. He's serious
        2. There are people who actually believe him.
  • Actually (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:30AM (#22431428)
    The only reason Steve Jobs co-founded Apple was so that he could eventually get even with assholes like Rush Limbaugh. These bugs were invented just for him.
    • So that's why everyone would think I'm gay if I get an apple! It's all by design!
  • I wouldn't mind helping the whiner . . . make them worse.
  • This isn't signficant from a technical perspective-- one off problems occur quite frequently.

    What it is is a high visibility problem by someone with a huge soapbox to talk about them from. I'd be shocked if Apple's PR types didn't treat this one with kid gloves, and use it for the marketing opportunity that it has the potential of being...
  • by Faylone (880739) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:44AM (#22431540)
    Get a PC!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by elrous0 (869638) *
      Druggies prefer Macs.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ACMENEWSLLC (940904)
      A Mac is a personal computer.

      My Macbook PRO 10.5.x (now on 10.5.2) locks up a lot more often than my XP machine does. XP almost never locks up.

      But my Mac works correctly when it's not locked up. My XP machine often has problems. CD lower filter driver conflicts, explorer locking up because I close Acronis True image interface, Explorer extremely slow when I right click on a folder with WinZip explorer extensions turned on....

      The Mac locks up on stupid stuff - like listening to a CD/watching a DVD or usi
  • by jwdav (1003969) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:57AM (#22431596)
    Time Machine works just fine with Mail - you can restore one message or a whole deleted mailbox if you like. It wouldn't work with Entourage or any other mail program with a single massive database, or with an IMAP server, both for obvious reasons ...

    • by anagama (611277) <obamaisaneocon@nothingchanged.org> on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:11AM (#22431654) Homepage
      I can attest to this. I wanted to test it out to see if it really worked as promised. So I duped my macbook to be safe, made time machine do one last backup, then formatted the laptop drive and installed Leopard. During the first bootup process, I just ticked the option to recover from Time Machine, and everything transferred -- my mail boxes, rules, accounts, passwords. I was quite impressed. It does hourly, daily and weekly snapshots and is brain dead simple to run, and brain dead simple to restore from.
      • During the first bootup process, I just ticked the option to recover from Time Machine, and everything transferred -- my mail boxes, rules, accounts, passwords. I was quite impressed.

        It's not difficult to do manually, either. I've duplicated the contents of Mail.app's mailboxes between computers without problems (basically, I didn't want to download a large set of IMAP mailboxes again) - you just need to know which files to copy. I think I cheated and did the whole of ~/Library/Mail along with ~/Library/Pre

    • by Phroggy (441)

      It wouldn't work with Entourage or any other mail program with a single massive database, or with an IMAP server, both for obvious reasons ...
      I believe I heard a rumor that Entourage 2008 does work with Time Machine, but I can't confirm that.
      • by NMerriam (15122)

        I believe I heard a rumor that Entourage 2008 does work with Time Machine, but I can't confirm that.


        Nope, they improved support for Spotlight and things like that, but it's still one giant file that gets updated anytime anything changes.
  • by goodmanj (234846) on Friday February 15, 2008 @02:58AM (#22431606)
    Oh, lord. A story that brings together the Mac-vs-PC debate and the Conservative-vs-Liberal fight.

    It's the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups of Internet flame wars. I predict a global meltdown of the entire Net within a week.
  • by FoolsGold (1139759) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:04AM (#22431622)
    I live in Australia, so I don't really know much about this Rush Limbaugh fellow.

    But from a glance at the last name I, for just a brief second, saw the article title as

    Bill Lumbergh Begs Steve Jobs For Bug Fixes

    "Steve, what happening? Look, I've got some problems with my Mac here, it's being a bit of a bother... yeah... so if could you come in on Saturday to fix it, maybe even Sunday... that would be terrific... mkay?"
     
    /wakes up from nightmare, cold sweat
  • Update (Score:3, Interesting)

    by professorfalcon (713985) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:21AM (#22431712)
    Someone from "high up" at Apple corporate ("a West Coast guy", he said) called his office on the morning of Valentine's Day. Now they've got IT people working it out.
    • Re:Update (Score:5, Funny)

      by Ford Prefect (8777) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:34AM (#22431772) Homepage

      Now they've got IT people working it out.

      "Yes, Mr. Limbaugh, if you just open a terminal right now ... then type rm -rf ~/Library/Mail to initialise the backup... Have you got your Time Machine plugged in? Good, if you'll just open Disk Utility, select that disk, and 'Erase' ... yes, Mr. Limbaugh, it's just to erase space for the new backup... Have you disabled the firewall yet? It needs to backup things from the local network, you know. ... Now open Safari, type in g-o-a-t-s-e-dot-c-x, yes, that's a virus-checking website, it'll make sure there are no gaping holes in your security ... What's that, Mr. Limbaugh? It's found a gaping hole? Oh no! We'll need to cleanse your firewall with FIRE! Get the matches, Mr. Limbaugh! This system must burn!" ...

      And so on.

      • by JavaRob (28971)
        Exactly the type of solution I was imagining....

        You could make it simpler, though -- give him a few scripts to run on each computer in his network, entitled "defect_patch_432553.sh". ...then really have fun.

        "You may get a few warnings, and you'll need to enter your password to authorize the changes -- yes, that's pretty normal when you're applying a custom patch like this, since it needs to make some changes to the underlying operating system, which is protected. Ah, it's all done now? Excellent."
  • by AuMatar (183847) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:32AM (#22431754)
    Helping you would be welfare. You want a handout? What do you think this is, soviet Russia? Its leftist pinko commies like him that are ruining America. They want something for nothing, and they want you to pay for it. Well let me tell you about this little thing called the free market. It means if you want something done, you have to pay for it. Its the American Way. And if you don't like it, go live with the commies in China.

    Oh what, it isn't supposed to apply to him?
  • Well... (Score:3, Informative)

    by jmoo (67040) on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:44AM (#22431830)
    Okay, I don't really listen to your radio program Mr. Limbaugh, but from what I can tell it seems your a complete jackass. However, as a life long IT guy, I've always tried to help out a user even if they are a nut case.

    1.) Screen Sharing - Use VNC. http://www.redstonesoftware.com/products/vine/server/vineosx/index.html [redstonesoftware.com]. Its free, easy to use, and if someone whines about it being insecure - kick them, hard.

    2.) Email backup with Time Machine - You failed to mention just what email program you are using, I fear you may be using Apple Mail. If so you have you have my condolences as Apple Email is not truly an email program, but some sort of psychological test program designed at driving its users insane. I suggest using thunderbird - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ [mozilla.com]. There are many add-on for backup email. Again its free and easy to use.

    Somewhere along the line Apple got this reputation that ANY thing they make is solid gold and perfect in all ways. I can assure you this is very much not true. Hopefully this helps and lets you get back to your insane rantings.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by NMerriam (15122)

      I fear you may be using Apple Mail. If so you have you have my condolences as Apple Email is not truly an email program, but some sort of psychological test program designed at driving its users insane. I suggest using thunderbird - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ [mozilla.com] [mozilla.com]. There are many add-on for backup email. Again its free and easy to use.

      Apple Mail has worked fine for our users for a number of years, the big advantage is obviously its integration with OS X features like the address bo

  • I feel him (Score:3, Informative)

    by rtobyr (846578) <toby@@@richards...net> on Friday February 15, 2008 @03:49AM (#22431862) Homepage
    He can probably be helped... unless he's already installed the 10.5.2 update. Those of us that made that mistake are totally screwed [macfixit.com].
  • by FellowConspirator (882908) on Friday February 15, 2008 @05:53AM (#22432440)
    He had two: Time Machine didn't back up his mail (and can't backup web-mail that isn't on his computer), and the second was that he couldn't use Back to my Mac (because his router didn't support UPnP or NAT-PMP). What's a digital fruit peddler to do?
  • Found it! (Score:4, Funny)

    by N8F8 (4562) on Friday February 15, 2008 @06:15AM (#22432536)
    if (userName=='Rush Limbaugh')
    {
      ramdomError();
    }
  • by quag7 (462196) <deepspace@dataswamp.net> on Friday February 15, 2008 @07:24AM (#22432874) Homepage
    Isn't that a bit...metrosexual? For him, I mean?
  • by 7Prime (871679) on Friday February 15, 2008 @06:46PM (#22441158) Homepage Journal
    HAHAHAHA!

    After attacking democrats for years, he finally gives in to pleading to a prominant corporate democrat for help. Boy, I love the sweet smell of irony in the morning.

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