More from Howard Oakley on the expired Apple installer mess:
Eclectic Light Co. said:Time management
... In case you hadn’t noticed it, almost all of Apple’s existing installers and updaters now lie in tatters, their signing certificates expired, because Apple did too little too late. It failed to plan for the progression of time.
... Like many other users, I now have tens of gigabytes of Apple installers and updaters whose certificates have expired. Replacing them isn’t going to be an easy task, as Apple thinks it’s good to hide them away, rather than providing ready access. Even if I can find El Capitan in the App Store, Software Update won’t let me download it, as neither of my current Macs can run it. Others report that they’re unable to obtain a re-signed copy of the El Capitan installer even on Macs which can run it.
As usual, Apple isn’t saying anything, not to users or developers. Its most meaningful communication about this inexcusable failure of support were the 404 errors from download pages. There’s no explanation, no apology, no timescale, no support. Yet again, it seems to hope that if it pretends nothing has happened, we’ll all forget about it. Just like Apple clearly did until someone’s Calendar notified them that crucial certificates expired in a few days time.
That’s corporate planning for you: just pretend the inexcusable never happened. Maybe that’s the MBA approach to time management.