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“Single?” Lawn Signs Revealed

Some obsessed blogger figured out who is behind all those “Single?” signs you see when driving around. It ends up it’s a massive coordinated effort by a multi-million dollar company, not just a bunch of uncoordinated “I can make a website too” entrepreneur.

Having seen them on the side of the road, I’ve always wondered if that was actually an effective business, but never to the level of doing the work to find out. I assumed it was no different than that “Make $5,000 from home” signs you see.


Microsoft Office 2008 Updater Hang

Had I known about this bug earlier I would have saved about 90 minutes of my afternoon setting up a new MacBook Pro for my mom. Apparently since the last security update, the installer script for SP1 can no longer operate correctly resulting in an internal hang with low CPU. Killing the installer process shows an Apple Events error.

I ended up doing something a little different:

  1. I ran ps -u [USERNAME] killing any Microsoft related processes. I kept the terminal window open (this is key).
  2. Ran Installer again. This time it was successful
  3. Looked at above ps output and found where the updater program downloaded the installer. It’s generally /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/[RAND]Office 2008 SP1 Update (12.1.0). The download is over 100 MB, so that can save a few minutes.
  4. Ran updater again until no more updates found

You could follow the directions, logout and login again with the shift key held down, the only downside is the auto updater will re-download the update (which is over 100 MB).