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28/May/2005 | 21:16

Saying Goodbye is Hard Until You're Forced to Reinstall

INT. TRAUMA ROOM — NIGHT

EVERYONE stands around the PATIENT, lifeless on the gurney. A LONG, STEADY BLARE from the heart monitor fills the room.

NURSE
Doctor, we've administered enough epi. The
patient's been asystolic for an hour now.

ATTENDING
Dammit.

RESIDENT
Isn't there something else we can do?

ATTENDING
No, the nurse is right. He's gone. Time of
death: Midnight, 29th of April, 2005.

CUT TO BLACK

And with that, I say to you, StuffIt:

It's been nice knowing you, but it's time to let you go. While you've been a fine friend over the years, you're simply an annoyance at this point. In short, you need to be deprecated.

When you were the only easy-to-use program suite for compressing and decompressing my files, you were wonderful. You could even open the alien .zip and .gz files my Windows and Unix friends would send me. Once, I asked you to compress my Marathon folder so I could fit it on a Zip disk after I lost the floppies. You did that admirably, and for that, I thank you.

But when you were the only application that needed to be reinstalled after I upgraded to Tiger, I was not amused. From what I could tell, everything was in the proper place on the drive. You seemed to disagree. I didn't need to register you again, thankfully, but I was not pleased with having to dig through my backups to find your installer's disk image.

You told me, "You could've just gone to my Web site and downloaded the installer instead of hooking up your FireWire drive."

See, StuffIt, I did that before heading for my FireWire drive, but I would've had to download StuffIt Standard v.Whatever, and I really just needed StuffIt Expander. Now, my installer copy was StuffIt Standard 7.x, so there's no real gain there, but God knows what else the new version installs that I don't need. No telling how much slower the new version is, either.

Why do you need to put your fingers inside /Library, anyway?

I'm done with you, StuffIt. If you refuse to run without being reinstalled, that's just how it'll have to be. I have the Finder, so I can compress and decompress files faster than you've been able to since version 5, anyway. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Developers have no reason to sweat a mass migration from you, StuffIt, either—if their users aren't running 10.3 or 10.4, they've already got you installed to handle .zip files. No one's gonna be left in the dark. I know I won't lose any sleep.

Who's with me?

5 Comments:

DropStuff was a valuable tool back in the days of my LC475, with it's 160MB HD. Anything that didn't get used regularly, would get compressed saving masses of space.

Those days are long since gone now.

posted by doughnut on May 28, 2005 at 21:38

Now we just have to get the word out to developers. After I installed Tiger, I had to reinstall Palm Desktop or I couldn't sych. And I had to reinstall Epson Scan or I couldn't scan. And those files are only available as......you guessed it. So I had to also download Stuffit. I think it speaks volumes that the icon for the intallers it creates shows a G3 iMac.

posted by Incognito milksop on May 29, 2005 at 11:12

The only thing that prevented me from leaving StuffIt completely behind was the Finder replacement utility Path Finder which uses the StuffIt Engine for compression.

Otherwise, I too would have kicked it to the curb.

posted by Apple Foot Soldier on May 30, 2005 at 16:16

You've never had to expand a password protected zip file, have you?

posted by jeff on May 30, 2005 at 18:36

/usr/bin/unzip handles password-protected files with the -P switch.

posted by mikey-san on December 03, 2005 at 19:15