Mozilla and Leopard
October 29, 2007

I love computers. We had a Commodore-64 back in the day and I've been utterly fascinated ever since. We also legally owned about two pieces of software and everything else was pirated ... so I learned very quickly to explore the program, explore menus and to experiment.

Today I'm one of "those" people. You know, A Mac Person. I've got a happy Intel MacBook Pro that I love. I installed APE and shapeshifter a while back so I could mess with the look of my GUI. Sorry, I've lost the non-computer people, haven't I? My bad. Suffice it to say that APE and shapeshifter let me change the appearance of windows and such, much like a theme for FireFox or Windoze XP.

Out of the kindness of my heart, I did NOT upgrade my computer Friday upon arrival of the new Mac operating system. I was good. I was going to wait until after my other half's birthday was over so that I was not totally distracted by the thousand and one small details that come up after an upgrade. Instead, I posted to the 9rules Notes asking if anyone had discovered any issues whilst upgrading. At first, I was lambasted for a fool and a not-true-Mac-Person for not instantly ripping open the box and running the update. I tried to explain that I was a softie who was trying not to be Teh Computer Geek for the other half's birthday.

After reading about no problems, Saturday I ran the update. I backed up a few things, but not everything. (Oh yes, I was really THAT stupid!) Thunderbird, my email client, had begun crashing inexplicably and I was hoping that the upgrade would stabilize that. Apple had sent through a firmware update and since then, Thunderbird has been freaking out over anything with an attachment. It was driving me mad.

I got the Blue Screen of Death upon the finish of Leopard's installation.

The Blue Screen of Death? But that's a Windoze thing!!! How can this be?

I searched the house for a boot disc so I could finish the backups that I should have already done. Couldn't find one. And, oddly enough, my restore discs that came with the laptop were NOT in the software archive in my home office with all the other software. Grrrrrr. I finally found them, hoped to boot for them, found myself having to use Restore instead. Fine.


Oh. My. God.

Wiped. Everything gone!!!?! Noooooooooooooo!

And then I looked more carefully. Instead of approximately 110 gigs of free space on the hard drive, I had about 40. Hmmm. I found a folder called Previous Systems and luckily all my files and preferences were there and, apparently intact. It took me the better part of Saturday and Sunday to get everything working again, but I'm hopeful at this point that I didn't screw up too badly. Turns out that Application Enhancer (APE) blows up the Leopard install. That didn't hit the 'nets until after I'd discovered the issue myself. D'oh!

But the thing that has me frustrated beyond belief at the moment is this:

Thunderbird will NOT have ANYTHING to do with attachments at all now.

I've reinstalled it. I saved my mail and my addressbook, but otherwise deleted everything in the profile and re-created the profile. Nope. I couldn't reply to any email because Thunderbird didn't want to use the signature file. I couldn't even open the Attachments portion of the preferences.

I'm now to the point where I've deleted my signature file ... I can get to everything in the preferences again ... I can now reply to emails. But if there's an attachment, I can't open it or reply or the damn program crashes.

I'm at a loss. On top of that AIM has stopped opening and FireFox was being awfully screwy yesterday as well.

I'm beginning to think that Teh InterWebs hate me.

Anyone else having Mozilla issues????

Posted by Red Monkey at October 29, 2007 6:06 AM | Blog | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


blueyes said:

It's cuz your using a Mac...*runs away before she gets hit with something flying*

October 29, 2007 11:49 AM


MsDemmie said:

Ouch - my sympathies - hope you get it all sorted soon.

October 29, 2007 10:18 PM


angie said:

I loves my PC. :) hee hee

October 30, 2007 9:47 PM

Argh! I'm so glad I read this post. I don't run APE, but I definitely run Thunderbird, and my version of Leopard is arriving tomorrow.

I guess I'll be doing lots of backing up this weekend before I upgrade, just in case.

I hope you get it figured out. And if you do, I hope you'll be kind enough to tell the rest of us how :D

And a very Happy Birthday to your no doubt wonderful other half!!!

November 1, 2007 7:10 PM


Dan Bishop said:

You could try using Ubuntu... *runs away before being hit by even more flying objects* Seriously though, it runs beautifully on my macbook and I never use mac os x at all now. Leopard is arriving soon though, so I will be trying it out, but by the sounds of things I'll be sticking with Ubuntu.

November 2, 2007 6:17 PM
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