Mac OS X – Managed Client Cache

To refresh the local Managed Client cache on an OSX machine — similar to the gpupdate /force command in Windows — use this in OSX 10.5:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/ManagedClient.app/Contents/MacOS/ManagedClient -f

It’s a bit different in 10.6. I’ll update this when I confirm what works on my version.

Not Well Thought Out

Over on the EPA website, there’s a press release about a new push to ban certain types of pesticides for residential, non-commercial use. If they succeed, and if you have a pest problem, you’ll need to contact a professional and pay — oh, but you will pay for it.

The theory is that it will save the children. I have a simple rule: put your pesticides where your kids can’t get to them. If they do get to them, then you didn’t have them in an appropriate place (the pesticides and the kids).

But, in the first paragraph, there’s this little gem: “Wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA’s actions.”

Ignore, for just a moment, that rats and mice are, indeed, wildlife. But how, exactly, do we prevent other opportunistic wildlife from consuming the dying bodies of rats and mice?

Easy: you can’t. But there will soon be a law that will hold you responsible.

Now that I think about it, maybe they want an outbreak of the black plague. I mean, it’s only been a few years since the last, mass human die-off.

Want

As a biker, I have a few motorcycles on my “wish list”. In no particular order:

Touring

  • GL1800: The ultimate long-distance touring machine, of course. They’ve gotten a bit pricey these days. Alas, my wife tells me that I’m not “old enough” for a GoldWing yet. At $25K, I can see her point.
  • HD Electraglide: Also a good touring bike. She said that I am old enough for one of those. Hey, and it’s cheaper than the Wing!
  • Kawasaki Voyager: Though their Vaquero is a nice-looking machine.

Utilitarian

  • Suzuki DL650: The VStrom 650. It’ll tour on the highway and, if one really needs to, take on a few dirt roads and fire trails. In a word: utilitarian.
  • Ural Patrol: Also utilitarian. Very. In the snow. Though I’m told that one only “invests” in a Ural if one has an abundance of time to maintain it. I could still find a way to make some room in the garage for one of them.

Awesome

  • Any Buell V-Twin: Alas, HD shuttered the brand a few years ago. Still, the sound and power of a V-Twin on a sport bike is hard to beat.  UPDATE: Well, looks like there are some new Buells in the works after all.
  • And, now I’ve added a new one: The Hoverbike. Want. Very much.

Yup, I’m going to need a larger garage.