Remember that time UC Davis pepper-sprayed its students?

The internet sure does… despite the school’s spending lots of public funds to try to make it forget.

According to this article in the Sacramento Bee:

UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.

This article should serve as a quick reminder: If you don’t want to be remembered for doing terrible things, just don’t DO them. Otherwise, get used to your new reputation as a terrible place for parents to send money and children.

Holy $#!?, Adobe. What happened to you (Again…)?

Well, they pulled the update, but the damage is done: Never, ever, trust an update from Adobe.

I’ll admit, I’ve been out of the Adobe world for some time now. Once a die-hard fan of Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator and, above all, Flash, I eventually soured on Adobe’s inability (or unwillingness) to fix longstanding bugs, its incessant feature creep and bloated software packages, and — the final nail — its insane monthly subscription model for its Creative Suite products.

I found amazing replacements for all these packages and technologies eventually, though, so yes, I quit paying attention to the company altogether about four years ago.

But I figure it’s worth mentioning last week’s utter sh!t-storm, which was caused by the company’s apparent notion that users would not possibly store files on their hard drives other than those sanctioned and/or created by Adobe itself. Somehow, an Adobe updater took it upon itself to >delete unknown files from the user’s root disk directory</strong> — without asking, and for no damned reason.

So glad I abandoned Adobe tools now. How the #@^! is it OK to delete user files, let alone root-level ones? That’s not just arrogance, Adobe; that borders on criminal negligence.

For more info on this act of idiocy by a company that long-ago burned the last ounce of trust I ever had in it, check out any of the following posts:

Full disclosure: Yes, I still use my licensed copy of CS 5.5, and it still seems to work. Creative Suite was once pretty impressive.

Is this thing still on?

Ahem… Everybody gone? Excellent.

Now it’s time to start the magic anew…

An exclusive look at the new iPhone 6

iPhone6

The rumor mill just keeps churning, there but we got these pics to you first, folks!

And… scene!

I removed the “Latest Adobe News” (formerly MXNA, Macromedia XML News Aggreator) feed from my own RSS feed today, which felt a little anticlimactic, considering how glued I used to be to the pulse of all things Flash/ActionScript. For the past several months, however, I have to admit I’ve barely glanced at it.

Who would have thought a few years ago that PHP, JavaScript and Objective-C would be my tools of choice eventually?

Thanks to the efforts of Laravel (PHP), JQuery/Angular/Node (Javascript) and Cocos2D/Cocoa (Objective-C) communities, those old-school technologies have truly become exciting over the past few years. Thanks to Adobe, however, Flash/Flex/ActionScript has become… I guess, limited at best.

Guess I could have just listened to my 2005 self.