Microsoft Fail

.zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Green files and folders on Windows 7 indicate they are encrypted. Usually this is a function of a program that will make these files encrypted for a reason. Security is usually the reason. But… An interesting little bug in the process of creating a .zip file on a mac and moving it over to a Windows computer. When a .zip file is created according to standards for .zip files found here: http://www.pkware.com/documents/casestudies/APPNOTE.TXT They specify that .zip archives include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This tag information is known as the “version made by” and as the name suggest, it would tag information about the program version of .zip and the files system in use. 0 – MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems) 1 – Amiga 2 – OpenVMS 3 – UNIX 4 – VM/CMS 5 – Atari ST… Read More ».zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Microsoft–You Suck Balls!

I find it absolutely incomprehensible how hard it is to purchase a Microsoft Product and actually gain access to it. Over the years, things have always been hard, but appear to have got a lot worse. My Experience with MSDN Subscription. In December I receive notice that our existing MSDN subscription is due to expire, so I set about renewing it. Now with any other company, you would just enter a credit card number into a website some place and you would be done. But Not Microsoft. Microsoft force you to purchase through a reseller (and I get that) so we set about that path. Our previous reseller was Ingram Micro, who totally destroyed their own business by interdicting SAP some time ago, and have got nothing right since then! So we followed the Legendry Microsoft License Expert “Shane Piercy” to Dicker Data and purchased our license there. (Thanks Shane,… Read More »Microsoft–You Suck Balls!

Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

A Microsoft Team Member Accessing one of their White Papers! Having just beaten the Microsoft CRM IFD challenge, I felt it necessary to blog about how mush I dislike the way Microsoft supply data about their own products. The image above is not too far from the truth. You read a pile of “bla bal” data, only to find that the detail about the really important and difficult part is vague and relies on prior knowledge or experience to complete. Evidence of this is the number of internal blogs, videos and instructional information that is always produced by MS team members and community members explaining the real low down on how to get their stuff to work. Want to know what a White Paper is? Google “Microsoft White Papers” Returns this: That opens to this: This gives a URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=5672 That fails to this: GO Microsoft! So their Bing steps… Read More »Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

Problems with Windows Closing Programs and Logging off

Microsoft Fail of the Week! – Where are they going with all this? I’m rather sick of Microsoft “fixing” things in version updates to Windows. Here is one I just love to hate. I’m RDP into a server. Doing some server work. I finish and click log off. (Windows 2008 R2) I get a confirmation about it. – YES I get another confirmation about it – YES and Force Then is just sits there forever. Now I remote check the server performance. Guess what. the server load is through the roof. And stays that way for a considerable amount of time. Remote shutdown is disabled, and failing. The machine is in some sort of Microsoft Hell. Now it may be me, but did programs not shutdown correctly for like the last 15 years of Microsoft Windows, when you logged off. As a server administrator, am I so daft that I… Read More »Problems with Windows Closing Programs and Logging off

Should I install Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 ie9

I asked this question of myself, knowing full well that the answer is a clear NO. But I suckered myself into thinking “I remember those glory days of waiting for every new MS software release”. So I did my research. Pretty much people are saying the same thing. It’s potentially better than IE 8, but still not going to take on Chrome or Firefox, plus there are some bugs and headaches due your way. As dumb as I am, I managed to talk myself into the upgrade, be seeing that this version should upgrade and downgrade with ease. In other words, when it all fails, I can uninstall. So I did it… You guessed it. First thing! That was before the version was even completed for the install. Then came… So at this point I am wondering why Firefox and Chrome both update without rebooting my computer? How 2000 ish… Read More »Should I install Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 ie9