the blog looks great, going to sit down with a beer and give it a read.
regarding ms, i am slowly turning into one of those MS haters, despite my struggle against it.
It's not that i don't recognize the great stuff
they've done, but i've grown increasingly intolerant of the horrible
stuff they've unleashed. For example i don't know if you've
experienced any of the evilness that is the Microsoft Windows
Installer, a totally unnesc. thing that never needed to be written,
and can cause some truely f*cked up behavior, like programs trying to
"fix" themselves and rolling back installs, and generall causing
unfixable havok based on whimsy. I use MS Word for academic writing
quite a bit and it never ceases to amaze me how insane it can be about
reformating paragraphs based on neighboring formating. ie headers of
one type merge into another,etc. Each version comes out with more
insane features (like changing menus), while these fundamental things
don't get fixed. Its stuff like that, and some of the decisions they
make (wordperfect has a "show hidden codes" option that lets you see
the secret formatting codes that can help you figure out whats going
on; naturally ms has no interest in helping you to see this).
I installed MS XP sp2 and it broken my MS Visual c++ compiler. the
error message: "internal error".
in fact, it blows my mind the the most likely probablems i encounter
on my computer are inevitably due to ms products interfering with each
other in this way...
i spent about 6 or 7 hours over two days when testing ftp servers, trying to figure out why
for some reason, i could no longer generate server ssl certificate. no matter what program i tried to use, the build int ftp server certificate generating programs, or microsoft's ssl self-signing certificate utility, they all simply refused to run, exiting with a meaingless message.
i finally stumbled on a newsgroup post that suggested the problem might be caused by not having correct folder permission on some deep folder, and in fact that was the problem. it's things like this, not reporting a useful error, that kills me the most. it's not that i mind so much that something has gone wrong, but at least least tell me enough to know wtf it is i should try to fix.
MS pull this shit consistently. why do i need to hire a team of professionals to figure out how to disable a word addin? why are such addins scattered in various places and each have their own technique for disabling?
i recently wrote a program on this site to change the default browser.
you don't want to know how many semi-redudant, conflicting, insane registry settings their are that all effect default browser.
it is enough to drive you mad.
personally i know there is no god, because if there was, he would come down and make us start the computer revolution over again.