2011 mid-year link clearance

Another round of the semi-annual link clearance.

And, as always, the obligatory plug for my column in TechNet Magazine:

Comments (18)
  1. Gabe says:

    It was nice to see the article about Doug Klunder. It turns out that he went to the same high school I did, and went back to visit while I was still a junior or senior. This was after he left MS but before he decided to become a lawyer. Anyway, we had quite a long conversation.

    While discussing the design of Excel, I recall mentioning my disgust for its horrible macro facility. He said that it was actually his fault — Bill Gates had argued for a macro language based on BASIC, while Doug thought it would be more elegant to use formulas and spreadsheet cells. Unfortunately Doug won that argument and for the next 10 years or so until VBA came around, we were stuck with that horrible macro language.

  2. Skyborne says:

    "And that's why you should learn to pick your battles." OMG, that was awesome. As someone who's been married for more than a couple of years, I've had the opportunity to be involved in idiot-battles myself, though none have ended in Beyonce'.

    (Someday I shall have to learn what Windows does instead of the hard-to-discover but somewhat logical Compose and/or ISO_LEVEL3_SHIFT keys.  Maybe today, it's not like I'm really working anyway.)

  3. Brian G. says:

    I like your last linked TechNet article.  Another round of Walls and Ladders goes to Raymond!

  4. Michael S says:

    In "The Mystery of the Recalcitrant JPG", I don't understand, I use 8-bit JPEG images all the time.  They're grayscale.  Or am I missing something?  The overall point of the article still makes sense though.

    [Strictly speaking, JPEG decodes to YCbCr, which most people convert to 24-bit RGB for display. You could, in theory, convert it to anything else, like, say, birdsong. -Raymond]
  5. asd says:

    asd@asd.com was compromized two days ago.

  6. Joshua says:

    So now Raymond talks about DRM a little bit. No crypto to be found, but he makes the point. If you can read it, you can copy it.

    Incidentally the alternate remote client actually exists: sourceforge.net/…/rdesktop, and well enforcing anti-clipboard on a Linux machine is an exercise in futility. (We could probably run win2k's mstsc.exe under wine so even detecting a hacked remote desktop client is difficult.)

  7. Yuhong Bao says:

    Even better, download the database and find billg's user name.

  8. Yuhong Bao says:

    Unfortunately, it seems Gawker do not verify email addresses supplied for accounts, otherwise…

  9. Wizou says:

    Concerning the JPEG article, the assertion "There’s no such thing as an 8-bit JPEG image" is actually wrong.

    There exist "Grayscale JPEG" files that are really encoded in 8-bit format rather than 24-bit.

  10. Wizou says:

    Oops, didn't see someone already made the same comment.

    Anyway, grayscale JPEG properties really advertise them as 8-bit JPEG.

  11. impressed says:

    Can somebody set up an account that husbands can pay into to buy Victor a torch, or maybe a Sawzall would do it?

  12. Skyborne says:

    You know, I've also seen 4-channel JPEGs produced by Photoshop in CMYK mode, say 10 years ago now. I've never understood the logic on that: "Hey, this is a physical document you just scanned in RGB on a cheap consumer flatbed scanner. Obviously, since the source was physical, I should work with it as CMYK, and never mind your output intent!"

    Proof I'm not hallucinating or mis-remembering: http://www.faqs.org/…/part1 question 16.

  13. Troll says:

    Feb Windows Confidential: Not even bigs apps like Office 2010 or Windows Live Essentials register an estimated size in the size column. Sad.

    May Windows Confidential: It's high time the properties page started showing the correct size and size on disk for hard links. Windows 8 really please.

    Btw I love your Windows Confidential columns. You should create a CHM of all the columns so far.

    [Trolls apparently like to play the "Aha!" game with old topics. -Raymond]
  14. Troll says:

    Where is the product team to contact (in my case, the Windows Shell team)? It's invisible and cannot be contacted. Once upon a time there was a shell:revealed blog.

  15. Yuhong Bao says:

    Just sent a Gawker password reset email to billg@microsoft.com.

  16. Joshua says:

    That troll is so bad. I could do it better.

  17. David Walker says:

    That Excel article left me a little disappointed.  I am VERY impressed with Excel as a product.  Just imagine, as a thought experiment, rewriting Excel yourself.  Including the VBA language and all of Excel's features like charting.  I know there were a lot of developers working on it for a lot of years.  Such a massive amount of code for $100 is amazing.

  18. David Walker says:

    To contact the shell team, enter an issue at Microsoft Connect.

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