By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
I’m putting “Apple” in the headline so some crawler picks it up and feeds it to some Apple cube-dweller who will then trash it, because this rant doesn’t have anything to do with making hardware thin, or removing ports so users are forced to purchased dongles to use their existing hardware, or anything else that Apple cares about, like flimsy apps as opposed to productive applications.
Preamble: I was developing Table I for my latest worksheet on the mid-terms, adding a new column for “Challengers.” As you can see, there’s a lot of formatting going on in the cells of that column: Bold, italic, colors, lots of links. Since I was creating the table in the OpenOffice spreadsheet — I wanted to be able to sort — and then exporting the table as HTML to incorporate it into an NC post, I first created a small test file. Everything exported perfectly. I then spent six or seven hours adding the links. (Not wasted effort, since I expect to use those links over and over).
I then exported the table. OpenOffice crashed. When I recovered the file, the formatting in the “Challengers” column was all gone, except for three or four links. (I recreated the table today, using an HTML editor.)
The Main Act: I sought another spreadsheet, one that wouldn’t crash and eat all my work. The online documentation I could find for Microsoft Word said that I couldn’t put more than one link in a cell, and I required more than one (as you can see) Good thing I checked before laying out any money. I then checked to see if Apple made a spreadsheet that met my simple requirement: Indeed it did: Numbers.
I downloaded Numbers and attempted to install it. It failed: I have Mac OS version 10.11.6; it demands 10.13, and 10.13 only. The dreaded High Sierra.
Well, maybe it’s time to upgrade after all. I go through the tedious exercise of proving my identity to the horrid Apple store and download what turns out to be an Installer for High Sierra.
I click the Installer. Nothing happens for many minutes — this is apparently the Installer downloading what it needs or checking the hard disk or going out for coffee or something — until I get an approval dialog to actually download the software.
Notification that installing High Sierra will take, oh, around fourteen (14) hour. Fine…
There’s a progress bar, but it doesn’t move for long periods of time, and the time remaining inexplicably does not change.
Nothing is happening, but it’s hard to see hours of downloading as a sunk cost.
Finally, I have the bright idea to open the Log window, and yes, stuff is periodically happening… Until it doesn’t,
I check the log again, after a half-hour or so. The last line reads:
softwareupdate_notify_agent: AssertionMgr: Cancel com.apple.softwareupdate.NotifyAgentAssertion assertion for pid 43094
OK, I get that. The installer cancelled the installation. Do you see what that means?
The only way I can tell if the Installation has failed is by checking the log file
I cancel, and try again. Surely the Installer is clever enough to have saved the *.dmg files is already downloaded, so I don’t have wait for it to start the whole process again from the beginning?
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