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Oh, Windows, how I love to hate thee...

Windows 7 is the best version of Windows I've ever used, and I've used literally every version of Windows since Windows 3.0.

But it's still built on a foundation of crap, with its ugly kludges and hacks like the fact that the Recycle Bin is basically a single-file database that deleted files get copied into, because back in the day they couldn't think of a more graceful way to handle what would happen if you threw away two files with the exact same name.

And every so often, it shows.

And when that happens, you sigh, roll your eyes, and just keep on going.



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Nov. 9th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)

i think 8 is better. not for the average user, though ;( but for people who can handle memorizing a few new keyboard shortcuts to get around the interface, i think some of the new features are worth it...
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Nov. 12th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
looks like it. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830473

dunno if this thing would be useful 'cause i only ever really do front-end-y code-y stuff but... http://jpsoft.com/take-command-windows-scripting.html
Nov. 9th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I've always used the recycle bin to hold files of the same name.:P

Nov. 10th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
That's kind of the point.

On the Mac, the trash is a special folder. Under Windows 95, they couldn't make the trash a folder, because they couldn't figure out how to handle a situation where you throw away two files of the same name--a folder can only contain one file of a given name, and the FAT filesystem lacks the ability to contain sufficient metadata to differentiate the files.

So they came up with a system whereby the Recycle Bin is actually a monolithic database, and when you throw a file away you copy it into the database, then delete it. This creates all kinds of odd problems--for example, if your hard drive has 500 megabytes free on it, you can't throw away a 700-MB file, because there isn't enough room to copy it into the database. You can, however, have multiple files in there which have the same name.
Nov. 10th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
*nod* I used to do a lot of web development, I'd always get files from clients with names like basic.html or border.gif or whatever, that Windows wanted to copy over one of, was just easier to delete the offending file(s) and then rename it than try to halt a download and re-start it later after I fixed the file names on my end. Especially in the days of dial up.:)


Edited at 2012-11-10 12:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's a db? And the db is a file? So if I drag this file into the recycleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeIA! IA! ZALGO! #NOCARRIER
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