2018 mid-year link clearance

And a list of my recent new One Dev Question videos.

The One Dev Minute folks managed to con Larry Osterman into recording some short videos for them. (Second video.) So if you're sick of me, you can go check those out.

Comments (9)
  1. Thanks for posting the links to the One Dev Minute shows. They’re not showing up in the Channel 9 RSS feed anymore, so I had no idea that they existed.

  2. Brian says:

    Re: Great Bug Hunt

    It reminds me of a bug one of my colleagues once tracked down. They’d deployed a new production control system to a steel rolling mill. It worked fine the first day. The next day, a glitch signaled a problem that caused a problem in the late afternoon. The next day, the same glitch occurred, but a few minutes later. Each day, for four days in a row, the same glitch would occur, and each time, the glitch was a few minutes later than the previous day. On the fifth day, there was a thunderstorm, and no glitch. The next day, it returned. By this point, they could predict when it would occur, so they had people throughout the process watching to see what was happening the next day.

    That’s when they realized the setting sun was shining through a window and striking an optical sensor, confusing it into an error condition that signaled a safety shutdown.

  3. Personally, I love status bars, and in my applications, I make sure that every control and menu item has a very helpful (and possibly somewhat long) text displayed in it.

    After all, in “some” applications, it is very difficult to make every control self-explanatory for all users, and then these short hints can be extremely valuable.

    But I know many people don’t instinctively look at the status bar. Therefore I inform them about it. In one of my applications, I even display a message box on the application’s first execution informing the user about the very important status bar. I also highlight it very early on in my software’s documentation and training materials.

  4. Neil says:

    Bad news: I’ve since thrown away all of the PCs on which I used to play Space Cadet Pinball.

    Good news: My high scores were terrible anyway.

  5. Danny says:

    Is the DOS Kernel source code top secret?

  6. Wrt the Japanese era – it affected the some internal Microsoft people running tests due to dogfooding. https://github.com/dotnet/corefx/issues/27506

  7. Yuhong Bao says:

    Pre-MS Skype could also qualify as one of the worst in terms of application compatibility too:

  8. Allen Pike says:

    Haha, I’m quite okay with you calling me Allen! Glad you liked the stories Raymond, thanks for passing them along. ⭐️

  9. morlamweb says:

    Did the Channel 9 folks read your comments regarding the increasing inaccuracy of the name “one dev minute”? I see that the videos are now titled “one dev question” : )

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