MS Office 2016 (Mac) Won’t Update

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So, I tried installing Microsoft Orifice 2016 for Mac into the latest & greatest MacBook Pro and the magnificent BeachBall-O-Death is spinning a hole in the screen when I try to update it…even after a restart.

I, of course, thought my installer was bad…but au contraire mon frère ! My cohort in crime, the devastatingly beautiful and wickedly vicious Crystal (aka, C-Monster, C# and QBotU) used her KNOWN good installer with the same result.

Here’s what to do to fix it…you’re essentially downloading and installing the updater that should have updated itself but didn’t because Macs suck when it comes to Microsoft products…and vice-versa.

Download MAU 3.9.1 released on June 13, 2017 from Microsoft


Amazing Browser Proxy via Python

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With thanks to my son, Greg.

You’ll find this article fascinating!

MacOS Installer Bootable USB Stick

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Had to do this today because a customer was too impatient for 3rd parties to update their applications for the fuzzy text issue and asked me to retrograde them to MacOS 10.8.  I won’t comment on the pros & cons of retrograding your OS here. <smirk>

POINT IS, that I found a GREAT video on how to do it.  Kudos to MonTechin for a clear, concise and well-edited video.

Outlook for Mac: A Quick Rant

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Anyone who has the choice to use Entourage and Outlook 2011 and chooses Entourage, chooses poorly.  That program’s monolithic database is a time bomb waiting to corrupt.  Just ‘Google’ “Entourage database” to see what I mean.  A mountain of missing functions and incompatibilites with standard enterprise-level services is the KEYSTONE to Entourage’s reputation as a piece of shit in and out of IT circles.

I understand people’s reasons for not wanting to change.  Entourage’s interface requires complete faith and immersion.  When you put that much into a product…when you get to that point where you’ve minimized the time in front of your email and you can put your energies into your REAL job, you don’t want to change. I get that.  As an IT person, I’m confronted with software changes 100 times more than the typical user.  I’m not complaining…this is why I make the big bucks. <grin>

Bottom line: I have no issue with a person’s choice of OS/Interface.  What I have issue with is someone intentionally using flawed software when there is a vastly superior alternative.

You may be happy with Entourage.  Good.  Good for you. <patronizing>.  However, don’t complain when things break or don’t work like the rest of your co-workers’ systems do, ok?  And don’t act as if it is IT’s fault that you can’t move forward in time without a Tardis.  If you’re in an enterprise environment, switch to Outlook 2011.


Known issues with Office for Mac on MacOS 10.7 (Lion)

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Important information for those of you IT folks out there that have Macs in your environment.

Known issues with Office for Mac on MacOS 10.7 (Lion).