MS does laugh at themselves!

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Howard, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. Howard

    Howard Guest

    As you probably know, Microsoft has a sort of love-hate relationship with
    the registry. The registry is the configuration database for Windows and
    Windows applications, and many options can only be set by manually changing
    a value in the registry. For example, if you've ever read a Microsoft
    Knowledge Base article, you've likely seen a sentence similar to this:

    "To correct this problem, change the following value in the registry."

    Now that's fine, except that this sentence is invariably followed by a
    disclaimer similar to this one:

    Warning Don't ever change a value in the registry. Ever. We know we just
    told you to do that, but would you jump off a cliff if we told you to? Don't
    ever change a value in the registry. Don't even say the word registry. We
    know a guy once who said the word registry, and three days later he was hit
    by a bus. True story. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't even have a
    registry on your computer. If you suspect that you do have a registry on
    your computer, please call us and a trained professional will be dispatched
    to your office to remove the registry immediately. If you accidentally touch
    the registry, wash your hands with soap and water and call a doctor. Do not
    swallow the registry or get it in your eyes!

    More laughs every minute here:
    Howard, Dec 10, 2003
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    Stuart Guest

    Stuart, Dec 10, 2003
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    Evil Bastard Guest

    To be expected, really.

    Humour is an effective way to protect (what remains of) one's sanity. And
    there is much happening within M$ to stress the mental health:

    * major big-ticket accounts around the world falling domino-style to Linux
    it's not a matter of when the other shoe will drop - it's more like the
    whole shoe-factory

    * worsening reputation due to exposure of chronic, entrenched software
    security weaknesses, and its anticipated effect on the value of people's
    CVs. Major vulns staying unpatched for weeks/months, while the OSS
    community publishes fixes in as little as 24 hours.

    * nagging of conscience, as the company moves to trick the userbase into
    buying OS and app software that incrementally strips their full
    ownership of their PCs

    * an increasing feeling within the M$ community that jobs are no longer
    as secure as during the M$ heyday - the 1990s, and a sense that the
    overall relevance of M$ as a software company has long passed its peak
    Evil Bastard, Dec 10, 2003
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    T.N.O. Guest

    Samn, thats a handy util
    T.N.O., Dec 10, 2003
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