Backward Compatibility

Before I started at Microsoft, I worked at a wholesale auto auction for a few years. In 1999-2000, I wrote a line-of-business app for the auction in Visual FoxPro, and we called that app SERVIS. (That was a derivative of “customer SERVice Information System” … it somehow made sense at the time.) I thought it…

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Vista RC2: goodbye, XP

Well, I’ve taken the plunge: I flattened my laptop yesterday, and installed Vista RC2 (5744) and the latest Office release candidate (4518.1006). So far I love it, and I haven’t encountered anything in the first 24 hours that looks like a bug. This is the first time I’ve had such a smooth and trouble-free experience…

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Vista Includes Debug!

<friday evening rant while waiting for traffic to die down> I have a favorite utility program, a piece of software that has been included with every shipping Microsoft operating system since the earliest versions of DOS. I’m talking about Debug, of course, the DDT of MS-DOS. (DDT, or Dynamic Debugging Tool, was a Debug-like programmer…

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Dual-boot Vista/XP

Last night I took a flying leap into the world of Vista. I’ve meant to install it for a while, but was a bit afraid of losing the ability to run all my old XP applications — I didn’t want to get in a situation where I had to fight with some not-ready-for-Vista piece of…

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