The Old New Thing

Why is a registry file called a "hive"?
Why is a registry file called a "hive"?
Useless trivia day. Why is a registry file called a "hive"? Because one of the original developers of Windows NT hated bees.  So the developer who was responsible for the registry snuck in as many bee references as he could.  A registry file is called a "hive", and ...
A subtlety in the keyboard code
A subtlety in the keyboard code
I neglected to call it out explicitly in the text for Part 5:  Notice that I use cRepeat to determine how many lines/pages to scroll.  This allows us to scroll the correct amount even if we are falling behind on input processing and are missing some autorepeats...
Scrollbars bart 6 – The wheel
Scrollbars bart 6 – The wheel
The mouse wheel is tricky because the mouse wheel UI guidelines indicate that you should scroll by a user-specified amount for each "click" of the mouse, where one click is WHEEL_DELTA mouse units (called a "detent"). There are two subtle points about the above requirement: First, that the amount of ...
Limitations on DLL resources in Windows 95
Limitations on DLL resources in Windows 95
Ancient history lesson. When Win9x loads a 32-bit DLL, it creates a shadow 16-bit DLL so 16-bit code (like USER) can access resources in it. The shadow DLL is effectively a resource-only 16-bit DLL, created by taking the 32-bit resources and converting them to 16-bit format. ...
Keyboard accessibility for scrollbars
Keyboard accessibility for scrollbars
Note that so far, the scrollbar is accessible only with the mouse. Our next step is to add keyboard access to the scrollbar. Fortunately, this is not all that difficult. We merely map some keystrokes to equivalent scrollbar actions. Note that this doesn't make our sample program fully accessible; this ...
Changing the Windows boot logo
Changing the Windows boot logo
This is the answer I give to IT people when they ask if it's okay to customize the Windows boot logo. DO NOT DO THIS ON A PRODUCTION MACHINE OR YOU WILL REGRET IT. If you hack the bitmap everything will seem fine until six months down the road when you decide to install the ...
Answer to previous exercise on proportional scrollbars
Answer to previous exercise on proportional scrollbars
If you look at the WM_VSCROLL message, you'll see that the scroll position is a 16-bit value. So if the number of entries is more then 65535, you won't be able to use the scroll thumb to get to the ones at the end. Try it: Change the value of g_cItems to 100000 and watch what happens. The fix is to ignore the pos passed to the message and ...
Scrollbars, part 4: Adding a proportional scrollbar
Scrollbars, part 4: Adding a proportional scrollbar
To obtain a proportional scrollbar, you need to tell Windows the minimum and maximum values covered by the scrollbar, the current scrollbar position, and the size of the scrollbar thumb (called the "page size"). One annoyance of the way scrollbars are set up is that the maximum value is attainable. This ...
Answer to yesterday's exercise
Answer to yesterday's exercise
iMin is the lowest-index element which intersects the paint rectangle, so a simple truncating division produces the desired index. The formula for iMax can be interpreted two ways. One is that it is the roundup of the first invisible line. Recall the rectangles are exclusive of the endpoint...