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Elmer elmer I'm on my very last life.
  • Has Microsoft considered contributing to the WINE project to get 16-bit Windows programs working on 64-bit Windows?

    W3bbo said:
    Clint said:

    VMs aren't good for games because the range of hardware they implement is limited (or just poorly emulated). Even with games developed 15 years ago running on today's hardware there's still things that just don't feel right: there's no substitute for running things natively.


    How hard would it be to virtualise a graphics chipset, realistically? I don't get why they have to be emulated in software. I know that OGL/D3D can be virtualised to an extent, but what of 2D things?

    How hard would it be to virtualise a graphics chipset, realistically?


    From what I've read, it's actually pretty hard - VMWare have been working on it for years.


    However, I thought that was what MS bought Calista Technologies for ??


    I agree, that GPU virtualisation (and improved VM in general) would go a long way to providing acceptable legacy support without the need to truck around a bunch of legacy code in the O/S itself.


    I have to run some older apps in XP-Mode, and I find it frustrating to use, as the VM environment is dialled down to such a low level, and performance is such that I avoid using it, if at all possible.


  • I'm going back to VS2008

    Dr Herbie said:
    raptor3676 said:

    Everyone should go and test here before they complain about software changes Tongue Out


    (I got a score of 20, slap bang between average scientist and average computer scientist -- which is about right given that I trained in biology and then went into computers!).




    43 !


    Am I going to die of cancer or something ??

  • I'm going back to VS2008

    I downloaded the free trial of VS2010 Pro, and I *REALLY* wanted to find a good reason to hate it, or at least not enough to justify paying for the upgrade from my VS2008-Pro, but unfortunately... I’m hooked.


    I think it must be the blue background and WPF-ness that sold me... as I’m prepared to forgive the longer start-up time, and even the fact that I can’t read the text on many of the dialogs is not enough to turn me off... and the useless help... well... VS help has always been useless, so no change there... I’ve long since learned not to waste my time with it, and just use Google.


    As far as indenting is concerned, I don’t see a problem, and I find it’s actually a bit smarter than VS2008 for some things, and at least, seems no dumber.


    Damn-it, it’s all shiny and stuff... so now I have to find the money for it... as the Express edition just doesn’t cut it for me.


    I suspect this must be how Apple users feel... and I'm ashamed of myself for wanting it... but I do... and I don't *REALLY* need food...

  • Has Microsoft considered contributing to the WINE project to get 16-bit Windows programs working on 64-bit Windows?

    Shining Arcanine said:
    RoyalSchrubber said:

    Please do not call me Shining. If I wanted Shining to be my handle, it would be my handle. I find the use of any manipulation of a person's handle in reference them to be offensive.

    LOL... I assume this is a joke, as nobody could take a Pokemon reference that seriously.


    - El.

  • Channel 9 Site Not Reliable

    For me, C9 performance and reliability has always been abysmal, and it has always been the worst site I use.


    Given its role (effectively, a “behind the scenes” technical evangelism) it’s emblematic of a serious problem within MS:




    Here we have a site that is targeting technical-minded people, and potential customers, basically screaming out: *DON’T USE ASP.NET*.


    The technical reality of the cause is irrelevant, the perception is what matters here, and it’s all bad... *REALLY* bad.


    It’s not as if MS lacks for funds, or lacks for talent... but it apparently lacks the ability to recognise “marketing disaster” even when staring it in the face.


    A “we’ll fix it in the next version” solution, should not be acceptable to MS, and the current site should be fixed *NOW*.

  • Why is Channel9 fast?

    C9 is still an unresponsive pig of a site for me.


    For the most part, I've given up coming here, because it's just not worth the agonisingly long delays (and non-responses) to every click... it's easily the worst site I use.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials Earns Top Rating

    exoteric said:
    vesuvius said:

    That leaves anti-virus companies with a particularly unpleasant position: they must argue that Windows cannot be made more safe by default because the bundling of Security Essentials would significantly impact their market share. Their commercial interests are at odds with their own mission: they depend financially on new Windows machines being unprotected.

    Another install ballot screen ??

  • How do you manage "many" files? ( harddrive structure discussion )

    exoteric said:
    W3bbo said:

    One could persist the file system index on a system partition on a separate solid state disk to mitigate the issue. I imagine one could perhaps also use the cache of a hybrid disk to maintain the index.


    The problem with organizing files and with tree-structured file systems is that often files do not naturally fall into a single category, so what is needed is a graph-structured layout. On the other hand, few people want to maintain a graph-structured layout manually. It's just too much work.


    The new Semantic Engine that Microsoft presented at the last PDC looks like an attempt to solve this issue by having an engine that applies machine learning techniques to automatically index files - both textual and binary, such as images and audio. It'll be interesting to see how easily extensible it is. It could be one hell of a replacement for ifilters. There's so many interesting types of files that are not indexed currently.

    I thought that WinFS was the attempt to manage this... essentially a relational view of the underlaying NTFS attributes.

  • How do you manage "many" files? ( harddrive structure discussion )

    mstefan said:
    elmer said:

    I'm not sure about XP and earlier (don't recall offhand, and I'm too lazy to go boot XP), but Vista and Win7 will automagically run scheduled defrags in the background. IIRC, one caveat is that you can't defrag the MFT when the volume is in use, it has to be done at boot time (similar to a disk check/repair).

    There are automated defrag utilities (diskeeper for example) that monitor the MFT and Pagefile to defrag them while the volume is in use.

  • How do you manage "many" files? ( harddrive structure discussion )

    rhm said:
    Sven Groot said:

    NTFS uses b-trees for it's directory structure - you should be able to put millions of files in a single directory without the time to open a single named file increasing significantly. Of course Windows Explorer will become slow and use a lot of memory and don't even think about sharing that many files over SMB. But NTFS itself is fine with it.

    Yes, because of the way the MFT works, max files per volume and max files per folder are the same thing, and how you organise them should make little or no difference to performance of NTFS.




    To a file server handling requests, it's probably much of a muchness... but, of course, Windows Explorer viewing a folder with 2^32 files, might a different matter Wink


    Large volumes and/or folders can suffer from mft/folder/file fragmentation, and so I find that it's often good practice to archive rarely used files to separate volumes, rather than mixing rarely acessed files with frequently accessed files... unless you want to use an automated defrag ultility.