Suggestion Box 3

Post suggestions for future topics here instead of posting off-topic comments. Note that the suggestion box is emptied and read periodically so don’t be surprised if your suggestion vanishes. (Note also that I am under no obligation to accept any suggestion.) Topics I are more inclined to cover: Windows history (particularly the Windows 95 era)….

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What does each country claim for its own?

One of the things that fascinates me is how each country’s view of history is clouded by its own chauvinism. I was reminded of this when researchers were able to reconstruct the original recording from a phonautograph which predated Edison’s phonograph, thereby adding another claim to the mix of who invented sound recording. I think…

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How would you solve this compatibility problem: Network interoperability

Okay, everybody, here’s your chance to solve a compatibility problem. There is no answer yet; I’m looking to see how you folks would attack it. This is a real bug in the Windows Vista database. A beta tester reported that Explorer fails to show more than about a hundred files per directory from file servers…

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Suggestion Box 2

Post suggestions for future topics here instead of posting off-topic comments. Note that the suggestion box is emptied and read periodically so don’t be surprised if your suggestion vanishes. (Note also that I am under no obligation to accept any suggestion.) Topics I are more inclined to cover: Windows history (particularly the Windows 95 era)….

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A visual history of spam (and virus) email

I have kept every single piece of spam and virus email since mid-1997. Occasionally, it comes in handy, for example, to add naïve Bayesian spam filter to my custom-written email filter. And occasionally I use it to build a chart of spam and virus email. The following chart plots every single piece of spam and…

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Suggestion box

Post suggestions for future topics here instead of posting off-topic comments. Note that the suggestion box is emptied and read periodically so don’t be surprised if your suggestion vanishes. (Note also that I am under no obligation to accept any suggestion.) Topics I are more inclined to cover: Windows history (particularly the Windows 95 era)….

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It's not Christmas: Nobody enjoys unwrapping your present

I don’t know why it happens, but it happens with disturbing frequency. A customer wants to report a problem, and then illustrate it with a screenshot or two, but instead of attaching the screenshots, they paste the screenshots inside a Word document (and for some reason it’s always Word) and then attach the Word document….

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Suggestion Box 4

The topic backlog from Suggestion Box 3 has nearly cleared out, and I’ve actually been enjoying not having to write up a reply every Monday for the past several months, but all good things must come to an end, and so, without much fanfare, we now have Suggestion Box 4. Remember, the suggestion box is for suggestions…

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Why are INI files deprecated in favor of the registry?

Welcome, Slashdot readers. Remember, this Web site is for entertainment purposes only. Why are INI files deprecated in favor of the registry? There were many problems with INI files. INI files don’t support Unicode. Even though there are Unicode functions of the private profile functions, they end up just writing ANSI text to the INI…

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When advanced users outsmart themselves: The device removal notification icon

A customer submitted a suggestion to the user interface team about the device removal notification icon. The device removal notification icon is far too hard to use. When I click on it, I get a menu that says Safely Remove Hardware, and when I click on that menu item, I get a dialog box that…

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