Thursday, April 12, 2007

Congratulations (2007)

I will not be working with the Mozilla Foundation this summer but I will be working with OpenMRS.

I would like to wish Jeff Dlouhy a lot of success this summer working on Tabsposé.

I really new to get a new name and address for my blog.

Dear Applicant,

Congratulations! This email is being sent to inform you that your
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check your student home page in the SoC web application at to determine which of
your applications was accepted.

Over the next few days, you will be added to a special members only
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Congratulations once again,

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Football Manager 2007: the worst Mac installer ever

I love Football Manager (previously Championship Manager) and the lure of a £29.99 -> £19.99 price cut was just too tempting. It is also worth noting that I am studying for my finals so any temptation is taken!

Football Manager is a Mac/PC double release on the same CD which is really nice and now I get to play it on my Intel Mac which is even better! Football Manager 2006 was a drag and drop installation but 2007 is soo spectacular that I have screenshotted the process to preserve its glory.

Hrm... no drag and drop here... oh my!

Okay, so this opens up a Terminal window which launches a Java application... [you may be interested to know that setup.jar is 434.9MB]

Oh my goodness! Why do the buttons look like that?!

What do you mean choose the installation type? Are those Windows installer icons? What is the refund policy....

It sits like this for a minute and I do wonder what it is doing...

Here we go, some kind of visual feedback. I wonder what the change in colour is meant to signify...

It is all over, phew!

I hope that we all consider this a masterclass in how not to write an installer for a Macintosh application. I would love to know why the person / people who wrote this installer considered it suitable for release.

Are there any other Macintosh application installer nightmares that we should know about?