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Convert .dmg files to .iso files for burning elsewhere
Authored by: oldr4ver on Apr 02, '09 05:56:04PM

I just wasted an hour of my life that I will never get back reading all or most of the comments to this article.

I really really fear those morons who took the time to actually comment here when they clearly have no idea that this is This is not a Windows and not a Linux blog. It is for Mac OS X, hence the name of the site.

All you idiots with Windows or Mandriva, that took the time to ask the worlds dumbest questions about why hdiutil is not found on your system - please do the world a favor and kill yourselves. The longer you go on living the slower this world will progress.

I'm sure this will get flagged as abusive, but I just had to say something before the world's IQ gets any lower.

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How to respond to newbies
Authored by: bugmenotbarred on Aug 13, '10 01:59:15AM

This is mainly directed to oldr4ver, but it's also for all the other cranky people I've seen posting recently.

Not everyone is a "fanboy", dedicated to just Microsoft, or just Apple, or just Anything. Some of us like to use more than one computer and when we do, we often throw many operating systems into the mix. That's why we end up with problems like having to read Apple's DMG format on a foreign system.

And, yes, some people are newbies, but you don't have to insult them for asking questions on the "wrong" forum. How does that help the "IQ of the world"? I understand that you're mad at everyone for wasting your time by forcing you to read posts that you find idiotic. Congratulations, your petty-poopy tirade just extended the thread of idiocy.

There are so many better ways you could have handled this. May I demonstrate?

For example, you could gently point the newbies to where they can find more expert (and perhaps friendlier) advice. "Sorry, I don't know much about GNU/Linux, but I hear the folks at are real nice."

Or, if you have the knowledge, you could share it with them, for example, "Well, in GNU/Linux, Apple's DMG files should automatically be readable from your desktop when you double-click on them. If not, run this command: sudo mount -t hfsplus -o loop thisisthefile.dmg /mnt, and it'll show up."

If you can't do either of those, the next best thing is to say nothing. That right, even though you see somebody who's such a noob that they don't even know who to ask for help, the correct action is to just let them be. Someday, you'll try something new (or at least I hope you will) and you'll appreciate it when people don't pounce on you for your mistakes.


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