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  • The Challenges of Application ​Compatibili​ty

    JoshRoss wrote:
    I would think that innovation would start at the following website... http://www.innovateonwindowsvista.com However, It could use a little snazzing-up before I would call it innovative. Start by putting up a wall-of-shame for software. I would like to nominate HP printer driver installers.

    A wall of shame ye say? I think NVidia would fit in just right there. I know lots of very mild mannered people who say some very nasty things about their video drivers for vista. Curse them!
  • iBloks: Rolf Kaiser - Pushing WPF to the Limits

    I've been a programmer for nearly two decades now, and I've never known any subset of the population large enough for sales to notice who would buy a program that works and is ugly, but I've countless examples of the opposite... kinda depressing thought tho.
  • UAC - What. How. Why.

    You mention in the video that you'd like information where lots of prompts come up, so I thought you'd appreciate this one, although only one is a UAC UI prompt:

    Downloading a new gadget to the sidebar:

    1. From the site, where you find a nice gadget to download, you click it. Microsoft's website then queries that you are about to download another persons code. Click OK. Dialog1.

    2. You are now redirected to the download itself. It asks you if you'd like to save/run it. Click Run. Dialog2.

    3. The program downloads, but it's a dot-gadget file, so you need to click Open. Dialog3.

    4. But the dot-gadget file was from a website. In comes UAC to tell you of the fact, and we answer OK or stick in a password. Dialog4.

    The sidebar finally installs it's gadget.
  • Scott Field: How secure is Vista, really? - Part I

    It looks like child999 has run into one of  the following:

    • He is running Windows Vista and when he went to the spyware site, was prompted for administrative permissions which he gave. Since he allowed an unsigned application to have administrative permissions, he is a muppet and should not complain that his system got compromised.
    • He ran IE7 as an administrator by right clicking on it and running it as administator, thus providing admin credentials. See above. Note that he will also have to give his permission to install the activeX control, thus requiring two "acceptances" on his behalf.
    • He turned UAC off. It warned him, and he should have known the consequences. If he compromises his own system after being informed that he is compromising his system, he shouldn't be surprised that his system gets compromised.
    • He is using Windows Vista Beta 1. Perhaps he should try Windows Vista.
    • He is not running Windows Vista at all, and is propogating information that he has (mis)heard on the internet.

    To cut a long story short, his story doesn't add up. He should try again, and if the same thing happens with a release version of Windows Vista, he should write in to Windows Vista support.