I have over the last couple of weeks, upgraded my Apple Macbook pro from Mac OS 10.6 to 10.9. It’s been pretty easy until it came to Macports. There is/was a rumour that stopping at Version 10.8 was the best answer but this wasn’t available to me; they’ve stopped shipping it. The new version of MacOS was easy enough to install, just a download from the Apple Store which is good, although the consequent performance was shit and then we have to move Macports forward. This wasn’t so easy, and I document the steps I took at an article called Macports on my companion wiki. The fact there is so much mucking around is another proof point that Apple are not building a general purpose computer, but a desktop appliance and iTunes host.


I have said for a while, that they’re great for doing what Apple want you do, but not so good if you want to do something else; such as use an Android phone or use BT as an ISP/Mail provider at home or even use Firefox.

I am also unimpressed at being offered a network login as if I need my laptop vendor’s permission to use the internet and the new books and maps apps are again attempts by, in this case, by Apple to act as a personal gateway to the internet, contending with Amazon and Google. Apple are also one of the NSA’s notorious nine collaborators.

Did we come to Apple because it was UNIX and freed us from the monopolist’s Windows, and it’s now time to move onto where we should always have been? Linux!

An iTunes appliance
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3 thoughts on “An iTunes appliance

  • 21st December 2013 at 11:18 am

    So this has turned into a project; one of the resources I found How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mavericks says,

    Personally, I always make a habit of starting fresh whenever I install a major new version of OS X. It’s the best way to ensure you have the cleanest, smoothest experience on your Mac.

    Great if the reason you have a laptop is to run the Operating Systems; oh wait, with Apple it is!

  • 24th December 2013 at 8:40 pm

    While working on my new W8 system, I am reminded that Microsoft at least for some versions of Windows uses themselves as the NTP source, so we’re reporting that we’re online anyway. Note to self: audit the NTP configs for both the Apple Mac and my windows systems.

  • 26th July 2018 at 5:29 pm

    It’s dying! I have turned it off and put it in a cupboard …. the screen might still be worth something.

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