Here I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to begin boarding. What better time to break out the Airline Screening Playset. I love the fact that the gun fits into the suitcase.
An earlier name for
Windows Server 2003 was Microsoft Windows .NET Server,
and in the final weeks leading up the the product’s release,
we received the following bug from a beta tester:
When I call the GetVersionEx function on
build 3773, the OS name is still reported as
“Microsoft Windows .NET Enterprise Server”.
You can tell right away that Jan Miksovsky’s flow|state is about user interface design. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jan when he was at Microsoft. Whereas I focus on the mechanics of making a user interface happen, Jan looks at the bigger problems of design and interface architecture.
One frequently-overlooked software “tax” is geopolitics. We’ve alread seen that the time zone and regional settings dialogs created international unrest. It appears that Google Maps failed to recognize the extremely sensitive issue of naming the body of water that lies between Korea and Japan,
I believe it was Marc Miller who related this story to me at the PDC. He was chatting with someone whose name badge identified him as an employee from a major high-end hotel chain. Marc joked, “Well, I think it’s obvious which hotel you’re staying at.”
One of the taxes I alluded to some time ago when I broached the issues of software development “taxes” is Hierarchical Storage Management. The short description of Hierarchical Storage Management is that it is a way of archiving data transparently. When a file is due for archival,
I was at a party in New York City earlier this year, and a conversation went like this:
Person: What do you do? Me: I’m a computer programmer at Microsoft. Person: <viciously> I hate you.
If Miss Manners didn’t say so explicitly,
When I show someone this web site and the videos they put together on how Microsoft main campus could be serviced by a system of self-driving overhead personal vehicles, I get one of two reactions.
“That’s so cool!”
“That’s so stupid!”
One of the features new in the Windows XP Start menu is that “newly-installed” programs are highlighted. Before discussing the rules, a quick backgrounder on why the feature exists at all.
Research revealed that one of the tasks people had trouble with was installing a new program and running it.
Unlike mutexes and critical sections,
semaphores don’t have owners.
They merely have counts.
The ReleaseSemaphore function
increases the count associated with a semaphore
by the specified amount.
(This increase might release waiting threads.)
But the thread releasing the semaphore need not be the same
one that claimed it originally.