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I am done with the browser wars, now is time for mobile wars!
Cats make my kids allergic, so I'll just listen to WhiteSnake in low whispers...
Here is a screenshot of Process Explorer from my workstation.
From this photo, which is intentionally small, the one with the appropriate understanding should be able to derive that Process Explorer has a serious flaw, or so I think :-) That's why I call it "flaw" and not "bug".
The one who finds what I think is the flaw will get as prize my precious OSR Online WDK Bug Bash technical award t-shirt:
To make things just a bit interesting, I will accept a challenge from the first that claims that "This is not a flaw, it is intended by design". However the challenger must bet something that's of value equivalent to my t-shirt.
The contest is open to anyone who publicly declares his entry in the comments section of this post.
Hint: "I just clicked one menu item of PE" .
Hint: This is not an artificially generated situation. It is real usage.
Dimitrios Staikos - Δημήτρης Στάικος - 史德衡
PS: I didn't check the Process Explorer forums about this. If I can't see why this is intended by design then most likely no one has noticed. If I am such a grand fool, then I deserve grand humiliation :-)
I am in a baaaaad mood today...
Thank God I am not the bastard administrator from hell. Or I might do this to a friend who left his workstation unlocked:
If you are really nasty then do the following too:
Maybe I am missing something here but I simply cannot find any reasonable explanation why VSTS 2008 sorts labels alphabetically and gives me NO CLUE as to the date the label was taken:
Additionally I can find no way to GET a specific version to some other place in my disk. Maybe there is, but if it is not easily findable by someone with my experience then "Funny Software" it is.
When I do "History" then I only see changesets but not the labels: Funny Software.
So, unless someone comes to the rescue of VSTS, I file this under Funny Software :-P
Lately I have been hearing more and more about the new real estate bubble. Apartment renovation! It costs much less than building a new apartment and it can still make you money. And for the buyer? A renovated apartment looks like new but is much cheaper. What a deal! The whole idea even has a term for it in Wikipedia: Flipping.
But now I am not only hearing *about* it, I am actually HEARING IT, actually witnessing it as it takes place here in Taipei...
The last two months I feel like living inside a construction site... So much noise from all the machinery that the workers use and from the constant noise I can tell they are working really hard. There are 2 apartments in my building that are getting renovated and another one on a facing building on the back side. Within a 100m radius I can *hear* 3 apartments getting renovated, maybe there are more...
Is it just me who thinks so or is it that the most money hungry people get involved in real estate? EASY MONEY! BIG MONEY! All you need is to be smart and withhold information! These people caused the previous housing bubble, they still walk free and now they are off to their next feat.
So my advice is simple, new or renovated DO NOT BUY, just RENT.
Wow... I was watching CNN this morning as I was having breakfast and the news item that they were discussing was this one.
Of course the way the item is presented on their web site isn't half as impressive as it was presented on TV but we all know what it means to make a TV show out of news.
Anyway, two things impressed me... They said that currently 500.000 foreclosure cases are pending... Yeap, that's half a million... Can you imagine half a million homes? And that is half a million "American Dream" homes, with their garden and back yard, two stories, garage space for two cars, usually a pool as well. That's a medium sized city...
The second thing that impressed me was an interview with a lady whose home was being foreclosed, because she could pay her mortgage for the last two years. She said something along these lines: "Now I live the American Dream like everybody else, sitting in front of a judge" and there was such pain in her voice...
By her looks, I think she should weigh around 130 kilos, maybe 140... Have you ever spend a minute to think how much effort it takes to keep yourself that fat??? Yes effort, albeit pleasant effort. And have you ever thought how much money you need to spend on food to keep yourself this way? And how much money you need to spend just to maintain an American Dream home for two years?
I don't know about you, but personally I find it insulting to have people dying of hunger in some parts of the world, people working for 1 USD per day, and CNN showing me a fat American woman complaining that she woke up from her American Dreaming. Oh my... life is so hard on her... She must have bought that home for around half a million USD, which is a modest number for American real estate standards. Half a million USD that she didn't have, that's why she got the loan in the first place, right? And now she complains. If she couldn't pay her mortgage then why didn't she move to a 70 sqm apartment in a building somewhere? Oh I forgot, that not part of the American Dream, unless the apartment is overlooking Central Park in New York...
Back in 2006 I spent more than two weeks in the Los Angeles area. That was before the crisis and the real estate meltdown occurred. I had some free time on the weekends so I drove myself around to see the Californian dream. And I was totally shocked... I would walk around a couple of cute little towns, complete with American Dream homes, no apartment buildings or anything, and I would look at the ads outside some of those homes... 3.5 million dollars, 2.8 million dollars, 5 million dollars at the beach front... And most of the homes were inhabited... I remember wondering... "How on earth is it possible that so many people have so much money???"
Well you can probably guess the answer... They didn't have it. Well ok, some had it but what most of them had was a just a high paying job that would qualify them to get the proper loan and then dream their American Dream...
Don't get me wrong here, loans are a useful thing, they enable people to do business and buy homes, but... there is a big BUT!
Loans started out as a useful financial instrument and were slowly turned into something that gave birth to the "Buy Now Pay Later" way of life. "Buy Now Pay Later" is so much engraved in our lives that we cannot see the huge fallacy behind it.
Imagine that instead of "Buy Now Pay Later" I proposed to you the "Graduate Now Study Later" model: "Well, I can see you are a really promising and bright student, you passed the exam to enter medical school, so we will give you your medical degree right away, so you can start working and make money, and you PROMISE to study along the way, ok?"
What about the "Promote me now and I will prove myself later" model? Wow, wouldn't that be cool!!!
I am sure that you will laugh at the idea, but it is the same thing really: "We give you something nice NOW, you promise to do something hard LATER".
And I ask you, isn't this the exact opposite of the "Work hard first, get reward later" model? Which is by the way the right model...
I think it is the opposite. But the idea of getting rewards immediately, without any effort, is so tempting that most people cannot resist it. How could they?
But for me personally, no thanks I will pass. I prefer the old fashioned model, work hard first, get rewards later :-)
I hate XML :-) It's a good thing really, but still I hate it. Why? Because it started of as a thingy to be used between interoperable systems (where it was needed) and ended up as a glorified INI file. Yeah I know, INI files suck big time and you are a cool developer always using the latest and greatest, so for these 5 settings your app uses you have to use XML, now don't you?
XMLishness is a dangerous sickness. Those who have it tend to think in terms of XML for almost everything. "Why should we use these dreadful .RC files for resources, let's do an XML based solution" is a typical example of the sick person's thinking. Instead of worrying how they will do their actual job (deliver a solution to the customer) they worry if there is anything else that can be XMLized.
Needless to say, to parse an XML file with 5 settings you need an XML parser, which is thousands of lines of code someone else wrote for you, while to parse a text or binary file with 5 settings you need 5 lines of your own code. But this is a minor detail for lots of people. They prefer to forget that "XML format" actually means "I need an XML parser to read it".
This is why for example the people who designed GenICam decided to describe the camera capabilities using an XML file. And that is an XML file stored into the camera and sent to the software that controls it. So that software cannot possibly run in kernel mode because most people don't have a kernel mode XML parser and of course kernel mode is for doing serious work like touching the hardware or the operating system structures, not parsing stupid setting files.
Here is what happened to someone that in my opinion incorrectly used XML for something that could have been done much more easily, and ended up parsing XML in kernel mode... The computer may restart... 真的嗎？
That was a famous song from one of the super-bands of all times, Queen, but it's application is quite wide. In this case it's the Show Of Terror(ism) that must go on...
Give me a break guys, just give me a break... As soon as the US pull out of Iraq and the Afghan war has stopped being a sensation guess what..? Bin Laden woke up from his hibernation and started threatening France and sending mail-bombs to the USA...
Who is he working for after all? 'cause from my poor and uneducated point of view he has been long doing a favor to the US and the terror-hungry industry and media.
It so happened that I recently read the novel "Foster You're Dead" by the infamous Philip Dick. It describes a society where everybody has a car and a TV so consumption was dropping dangerously. So, in order to keep consumption at the appropriate levels the super powers created a never ending war-fear and started selling defensive toolkits and apparatus to consumers. The perfect sales-pitch, as Philip Dick puts it:
"You know, this game has one real advantage over selling people cars and TV sets. With something like this we have to buy. It isn't a luxury, something big and flashy to impress the neighbors, something we could do without. If we don't buy this we die. They always said the way to sell something was create anxiety in people. Create a sense of insecurity - tell them they smell bad or look funny. But this makes a joke out of deodorant of hair oil. You can't escape this. If you don't buy, they'll kill you. The perfect sales-pitch. Buy or die - new slogan. Have a shiny bomb shelter in your back yard or be slaughtered."
Any similarities to our reality are purely coincidental...