The computer I bought not a year and a half ago decided to keel over last week. When I push the power button, the power light goes on, the drives spin up, but there is nothing out the video card and not even a reassuring beep from the power-on self test.
Mark Russinovich pointed out that if you let users run arbitrary programs, they can circumvent policies. This is actually not surprising, because policy is not the same as security.
Shell policies control how Explorer and other shell components behave, but that’s just blocking the front door.
Even without a nitpicker’s corner, I have to worry about nitpickers. I just have to do it in a more subtle way.
Here are some examples of changes I’ve made to upcoming entries in order to forestall nitpicking:
The real estate department at Microsoft has their own weird jargon. In the real estate world, you don’t “work” in a building; you are “housed” there. Here are a few citations.
The new buildings will be able to house N workers.
Stepping forward while looking back.
Some time a few years ago, some folks on the security team were swapping crackpots stories, and this one somehow lodged in my mind. The story below is paraphrased, but the essense remains intact.
“We had a crazy guy call into the security support line many years ago.
Competing with the Miss America pageant for your Saturday evening attention is the Seattle performance of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, featuring music from a large number of video games. Presumably, the music will have something to do with the accompanying video being projected on large screens.
The annual Miss America Pageant struggles for survival tomorrow. And what makes it different from Donald Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe is the talent competition. (Yes, Miss World also has a talent competition, but nobody in the United States pays any attention to Miss World,
In Windows 95, the Find option took its place on the Start menu between Settings and Help. In Windows 2000, the option was still there, but its name changed to Search, a name which persist today if you use the classic Start menu.
A common response when I describe a programming error is,
““Programs should have to pass a test that includes testing for
The case could be a program mishandling a message,
a program responding incorrectly to IUnknown::QueryInterface,
But these suggestions fall into the same trap that I see
when grading student essays:
They’re good with the what but very weak on the how.