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Finder Empty Bin Fail: The Infinite Hardlinks Permobug

Recently, a situation has developed on my computer involving trash items that I can never delete. It’s a permanent condition, hence why I made this elaborate video and blog about it. In the process I discovered a bug in Automator, namely that it can not help to automate emptying the trash! That is a fairly bad look considering these are apps at the core of the macOS: Finder and Automator.

A million folders that will not die now live forever in my Trashcan… 🥶

357 folders inside folders in my Trash!

So I wrote a script that would rsync (backup) an enormous folder with images (~6 GB of renders for AminoSee DNA Viewer) on my disk to another location on my disk (same disk, the internal PCIe storage on my MacBook).

I used the rsync with hard links, this would create two exact copies of the 6 GB folder:

rsync –archive –verbose –stats –hard-links /Users/tom/AminoSee_webroot/output/ /Users/tom/Dropbox/Sites/

I would then go and delete half the images from the website copy (so as not to upload them), but keep the full archive to make network syncs faster. Prior to this I was continuously deleting around 3 GB of images and then re-syncing them across a network, so to be more efficient, and cut back on network and disk thrashing, I keep a full copy local, and run the “sync and delete” locally with hard links.

This also cuts down on my laptop disk thrashing: I do still occasionally sync and blow away the very same 3 GB of images every few days, but to re-create is very fast if I am using this.

Recursive Folders Inside Folders

Prior to getting this setup perfect I made a botch by point rsync and telling it to copy the parent into the child infinitely. Finder can’t clear it, and Automator can’t automator the mouse clicks:



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It’s possible you are reading this after a redirect from That’s a redirect domain I setup so I could a tag on my cats collar in case he/she gets lost. You see I used to live in Vermont street in Ponsonby, and we fed this abandoned cat (Miss Piggy – black female with white feet) but she got pregnant and had Piglet (the boy – grey striped male). I now live in Freemans bay, near the motorway.

My details: 0212576422 [email protected]

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Lock up your daughters cos… SirFunkalot is back

Return of the mack.

Lock up your daughters. Although love is bitter, sometimes a little sweetness is nice. This is something no lady will likely see again cos I gotta move house shortly…. what a drama. Shout outs to my wife in Brazil (not joking) sorry about the non-vegan treats, yeah I know, but I gotta do what I gotta do. And shout outs to all my current lady friends at the moment, you know, Ponsonby, Mangere Bridge, Whangarei, Rio, Northcote, Waiheke (yeah it’s been a while but I still feel there is something there). That’s how life is. It’s good to play the cards that you have been dealt. And like a boss. I’m the boss. I’m the boss of “the universe” as I see it. And fuck the haters in this lifetime. Warmongers and such. Nuff’ said. Sorry about that. I’m sorry about the way I behave if you are in my way and I’ve given you fair warning of my intention. The Rasta Lucifer is I and I seen?. Seen. sure Nuff said. The prophets in yall. The profits in speech. Over.

non vegan but tasty
non vegan but tasty
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Here’s why I couldn’t donate to Wikipedia but I could for Wayback Machine

I was physically – you know I mean network-idly – unable to because the stubborn Javascript bouncer prevented me: says: Please select an amount (minimum 1.5 NZD) says: Please select an amount (minimum 1.5 NZD)

This kind of UI embellishment as a feature is outrageous, especially for something that calls itself a charity! Jimmy Wales (no link till you be nice*) consider this an open letter to you, and offer to fix this problem for $100 NZD*, this fee can be time escrowed and also half retarded from the delay before the tidal wave of the increase in revenue flowing in now as a result of my $100 tweak. I mean… how many millions of dollars have you wasted already man? Well, I’ll tell you what… you probably don’t know. Some of my less-intelligent ex-clients (of Tomachi Corporation my professional web consulting firm, based in Auckland, New Zealand) usually have no idea the money they are leaving on the table through the insistent and stubborn use of poor UI principles. If we could only measure it. You can only increase something you can measure, and you can only improve something that has an intrinsic quality already, unlike turds (I made that part in bold up just then – high all the time).

This is exactly the same reason – or thing that bouncers do – that makes me so very mad at them, is they accuse you of pertaining to some form of mental entrainment that you do not wish to be part of. And that thing is… They do not behave in a way conducive to their continued employment, that is to say that, their behaviour is more than likely to, through obtainable evidence, or through time-correlated longitudinal study where not, would more than likely show they are reducing the total revenue input to the company. What kind of employer hires employees who are actively trying to reduce the total quantity of revenue coming in? I simply do not get it.

Mental Entrainment and Superimposition of Thought

In the case of Wikimedia, the mental entrainment is that they seem to feel – hard to believe and I wish I didn’t honestly – that anything below $1.5 NZD is…. what? What exactly is their problem? Because I really wish they would say it. I don’t know who designed that system they are using but they should consider the damage they did and are continuing to do 24/7 with that script.

I think but maybe Wikimedia would say:

Your donation is too small, we do not appreciate it. In fact, we think it shows disrespect. We don’t want this disrepect shown to us and would prefer if you do not come to our establishment anymore. Go away. Permantly. We do ont wish our product to considered high quality or desirable by you. We are sorry that your drug addiction caused you to consider $1.5 NZD too much to pay for your next fix of Wikipedia Goodness but maybe you weren’t drunk at all, but maybe… actually now I remember you sure as hell were stoned, I could smell and watched you walk past.

Just kidding!

Over to the Wayback Machine.

Donation Details

Confirmation number: 1H956745CT070524S
Donation amount: $0.50 USD
From Amount: $0.71 NZD
To Amount: $0.49 USD
Exchange Rate: 1 New Zealand Dollar = 0.698446 U.S. Dollars
Purpose: Donate to the Internet Archive
Reference: Help the Internet Archive become one of the world’s great libraries with a tax-deductible donation.
Contributor: Tom Atkinson