The Old New Thing

When there's a problem with the platform, you blame the platform, whether it's the platform's fault or not

I watched with a twinge of sad recognition Scoble's hissy fit when his blog didn't show up correctly in Bloglines because it was the classic application compatibility problem, just shifted to the world of Web 2.0. (I don't know what Web 2.0 means, but since nobody else who uses the term knows what it means either, I'm at least in good company...

Why did the display become a snapshot of the last time the monitor was plugged into the computer?

I left the story of the return of the dead home desktop computer with a puzzle. When I plugged the monitor back into the original computer, it showed a snapshot of the screen at the time the monitor was unplugged. The computer itself continued operating, but the screen never updated. The frozen image remained until the power was turned off to...

Who decides what can be done with an object or a control?

This is one of those things that is obvious to me, but perhaps is not obvious to everyone. An object establishes what can be done with it. Any rights granted by the object go to the creator. The creator can in turn grant rights to others. But if you're a third party to the object/creator relationship, you can't just step in and start messing ...
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The dead home desktop returns from the dead

I brought my dead home desktop computer to the office so I could fiddle with it after work while surrounded by large quantities of geek equipment that could step in to assist. I tried to use a power supply from another computer in a sort of computerish version of jump-starting a car, but it was a hopeless endeavour because the cables on the ...

DLL forwarding is not the same as delay-loading

As I noted earlier, when you create a forwarder entry in an export table, the corresponding target DLL is not loaded until somebody links to the forwarder entry. It looks like some people misread this statement to suggest some sort of delay-loading so I'm going to state it again with an example in mind in the hopes of clearing up any ...
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Pass the whipped partially hydrogenated soybean and coconut oils, please

Kraft "guacamole" contains almost no avocado, preferring instead to use whipped partially hydrogenated soybean and coconut oils, corn syrup, whey, and food starch. (Avocado shows up in the "contains less than 2% of..." section.) "We think customers understand that it isn't made from avocado," said Claire Regan, Kraft Foods' vice president ...

Strange bug assignment: Programs are using too much memory

My office is in the same hallway as the programmer and program manager responsible for the Processes tab in Task Manager. (Of course, they are responsible for a bunch of other stuff too; it's not like 100% of their days are dedicated to Task Manager!) I happened to be passing by just as this particular bug popped up on their radar. It went ...

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