Author Archives: VeryVito

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.

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.