MacJREInstaller and Oracle’s Java install application

Originally posted on Der Flounder:

Part of Oracle’s new install application for Java is a binary named MacJREInstaller. This application appears to be what installs Java and governs whether or not the Ask.com toolbar gets deployed.

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For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.

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Based on observation, when running the Java install application, MacJREInstaller appears to run the following tasks:

1. Checks to see if it can contact the internet

2. If it can contact the internet, checks back with Oracle to see what country it’s in. Oracle apparently is selective about which nations it wants to have the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar installed (thanks to a Canadian colleague’s testing, it appears Canada is not one of the nations.)

3. If it determines the Mac in question is in a country where Oracle wants to deploy the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar…

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Share a story of personal defeat

Every now and then I try to collect infos and books over a topic. Let’s say text editors.

At university it was Vim; after coming to Mac, years ago, I started documenting over TextMate. Lately it’s been the turn of Sublime Text

I read introductions, how to correctly install, maybe apply a graphical theme to the app (this remembers me I have to post some resources I found over Sublime Text themes) and the first chapter.

Then something comes by and I get distracted. Time passes by, the ebooks/guide remains unread and I use all those extra-useful apps at 0,05% of their power.

For me this kind of behaviour is a personal failure… and sharing those feelings here, I’ve accomplished my participation to the latest task on the Daily Post series over Desk App Community…

Installing the Xcode command line tools on 10.7.x and later

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As always a great post on Der Flounder. Check it out!

Originally posted on Der Flounder:

A number of Mac admins need to provide the Xcode Command Line Tools for the Macs in their environments, either as part of building machines or afterwards. To help with this task, I’ve developed a script that will download and install the Xcode Command Line Tools on Macs running 10.7.x and higher. See below the jump for more details.

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help the opening of the All About Apple Museum

All About Apple is THE reference point for the collection of Apple products that, where possible, will be made operating, cataloged and displayed to the public. A group for all fans of the fantastic Apple world. One of its most famous and extraordinary initiatives is the All About Apple Museum →

The All About Apple Museum is the most comprehensive museum in the world containing nearly all the production of Apple’s personal computers from the dawn of 1976 to the present day.

Now the members have started this fundraising campaign to help and finance the builing of the newest, permanent, location of the museum alongside the Savona Port Authority in Italy.

If you’re interested please point your browser to the All About Apple Museum 3.0 initiative. And spread the word!

why so sad?

So being unsettled and wanting more out of life is not a millennial problem or a hipster problem or a ‘whatever new word marketers are using to describe young people’ problem. It’s really a problem of being ‘plugged in’ all the time, and never being given the freedom to shut off.

You need a break. Just retire. Then start on something new. You may fail. But ultimately you’ll thank yourself later.

Paul Cantor on Medium: https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/the-new-retirement-age-is-thirty-547114ab60ef

But Where Do People Work in This Office?

I could go on and on and on. The pattern keeps repeating. With everything we know about openplan offices, why are these mega-rich companies knocking themselves out to hire the very best and brightest minds from the world’s best universities, paying them huge salaries, tapping world-class architects to design artisanal office spaces in the most expensive place in the country, and then cramming desks together in noisy bullpens?

Matt Blodgett, But Where Do People Work in This Office? →

On his post Matt asks a question that has always come to my mind when seeing those Big Company workplaces on magazines and specialized blogs.

My desk is usually messy, in a room of four and a lot of times I feel we’re too many, especially when each of us is at work on something different, with different people coming in … in person or via a Skype or phone call.