Changes to Shim Global Exclude in Windows 8

Lex III: Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi. I remember a time when all bugs were bad, and it was my job to find and destroy them all. That, of course, was when I was a developer. My perspective…


App Compat with Windows 8 Chat – December 7, 2012

Just in time for the holidays, on December 7, 2012 (tomorrow as I write this), 1:00pm Central, I’ll be chatting with my friends from ChangeBase / Quest / Dell about the app compat landscape for Windows 8. You can join in the conversation here: http://www.quest.com/webcast/webcast-key-application-compatibility-considerations-for-migrating-to-818803.aspx Hope to chat with some of you tomorrow!


Aaron Margosis Updates LUA Buglight for Windows 8

Another new operating system means another new LUA Buglight! My friend Aaron recently released an update to LUA Buglight to support Windows 8. So, for any customers who are still using Windows XP but migrating directly to Windows 8, or those who are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 but chose to disable UAC (so…


Defining Red, Amber, and Green (RAG) Statuses

A few years ago, AppDNA and ChangeBase (listed alphabetically, so please don’t infer anything from the ordering, though they are also sorted by the capacity of their original CTOs to consume gin and tonics – I won’t say if that is ascending or descending) came along and fundamentally redefined the language of app compat with…


Troubleshooting my Battery Life Issues on the Nokia Lumia 920

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, I picked up a new Nokia Lumia 920 and had the week free to play around with it. Right off the bat, the battery life seemed pretty good, but a few days later I came across a bit of a problem with battery life (meaning I was getting maybe 7…


New Windows 8 Springboard App Compat Content

My blog sure has been quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing anything! A lot of my focus has been on laying the groundwork for a refreshed set of app compat content for Windows 8, to put up on the Springboard site. Well, it’s finally live, so here is the writing that…


Chris Jackson on .NET Rocks!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to get on the phone and chat for a bit with Carl and Richard from .NET Rocks! about app compat from a developer perspective, looking forward to Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Of course, the highlight for me was, during some juggling of terms where…


If you don’t validate your assumptions, you can’t prove your conclusion

Just like in other scientific pursuits, in computing it turns out to be pretty important to validate your assumptions when performing your investigations. For example, today I had someone helping a customer who had “proven” that we changed the behavior of quirks mode with IE10. Specifically, after putting the site into compatibility view, they expected…