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The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals

The Bungi Re:It's all stuff that ships with Linux (356 comments)

How these tools are used and % of userbase that cares about them:


- <- Developers
------------------- <- Everyone else


------------------- <- Developers
- <- Everyone else

Do you really think the average office worker cares about examining mount points or finding out how many USER handles a process is using? That's why Microsoft doesn't ship any of that with Windows, and they probably never will. More importantly, I'd rather have a third party write these kinds of tools. They're not limited by what marketing and support think is a good idea to ship. If Microsoft made them they probably wouldn't be as useful - not to mention everyone would whine about how they're evil because they're killing a niche.

As long as these tools are available, I could care less where I have to get them from or what I couldn't do before I install them. Duh.

more than 4 years ago

Leaving the GPL Behind

The Bungi Re:Control freak (543 comments)

You just know that he would have demanded that Linux be called 'GNU/Linux' and so on. He's known for turning down speaking engagements from people who refuse to do that, too.

I beginning to think Richard Stallman is techdom's Michael Jackson. Once brilliant, his past work is appreciated by all... but he currently exists in a vacuum where he lives off his dwindling reputation and fawning attention of a few creepy adoring fans while everyone else just scratches their heads and wonder what the hell happened to him.

more than 5 years ago

Something May Have Just Hit Jupiter

The Bungi Shit (299 comments)

If we missed something that big about to hit Jupiter what else are we missing? I hope to hell that's not an impact feature.

And where the hell is Bruce Willis??

more than 5 years ago

Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

The Bungi Re:Move Microsoft to India (1144 comments)

These always make me smile. Microsoft, the big bad outsourcer. You're going to move IBM as well? IBM is the largest consumer of L1 visas in the US. These are much more insidious than the evil H1-Bs, I suggest reading up on them.

I don't know if you've ever interacted with IBM - specifically IBM Global Services (aka IBM India), but lately I've been thinking that the only American left in that company is Palmisano. Everyone else has to be either Indian or Chinese. I jest - just slightly.

While you're at it, send all the large financial and services companies in the US. Heck, just transfer the entire Fortune 1000 over there. That will take care of your problems.

Oh and BTW, I love the "Ballmer was at it again" bit here. Any chance of the submitter actually mentioning which CEOs have lobbied Washington for increased quotas and more relaxed requirements? Naaah, that doesn't sell any ad impressions nowadays.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Kills Virtual Iron

The Bungi Re:Another reason why VMWare is the... (189 comments)

Virtual PC was and always will be a desktop solution. It's what MS uses for XP mode in Vista. Virtual Server is the big box equivalent (although I suppose it's based off VPC).

more than 5 years ago

Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

The Bungi Re:and this is different from other platforms... h (948 comments)

several apps written by Apple itself don't follow standard UI conventions

Not following interface guidelines in itself is quite common on both Windows and OS X, but that usually has nothing to do with the lack of a unified platform UI.

The Windows situation is even worse: there are several native toolkits there

You're confusing the shell's control library with the stack used to access it. On Windows when you write a .NET, WTL, MFC or plain Win32 application, you're still targeting the Windows shell native controls.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7's Virtual XP Mode a Support Nightmare?

The Bungi Needs fixing (413 comments)

When has [anyone] ever released an OS that wasn't a support nightmare [when it's actually put in the hands of users]?

All better now?

more than 5 years ago

Everybody Cries. Opera, deadlines and Python.

The Bungi I didn't cry (4 comments)

And I think he (Potts) sucks at singing.

I hate opera, so that might have something to do with it. But I do like the "crossover" artists like Andrea Boccelli and Sarah Brightman and that other british chick whose name I forget right now.

But Potts is nowhere near being a proper opera singer.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7's Virtual XP Mode a Support Nightmare?

The Bungi Fascinating (413 comments)

These are the same analysts whose opinion is dismissed when the say anything positive about Microsoft, but when they say something worth spinning negatively, it makes the Slashdot front page.

more than 5 years ago

Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story

The Bungi Re:Thank Linux (833 comments)

An OEM copy of Windows XP Pro goes for about $40 these days. I don't know where you got that $70 figure, unless you're talking about the OEM version that you get on TigerDirect, which no actual OEM uses.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

The Bungi Re:Misdirection (1147 comments)

Installing the average Linux distro is no longer hard either, and hasn't been for a few years, but that doesn't stop idiots from claiming it is when they're trying to come up with arguments against using that OS. Funny how that works, eh?

BSODs are caused by bad drivers and/or bad hardware, nothing more. Fix that and they go away. It's that simple. I'd feel stupid if I claimed my car sucks because I was putting in the wrong transmission fluid, so to fix the problem I just bought another car.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

The Bungi Re:Misdirection (1147 comments)

the Blue Screen of Death

1996 called, he wants his meme back.

more than 5 years ago

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono

The Bungi Re:to the casual observer (570 comments)

Did they also push an evil midget through teh intertubes that forced you to code in C# at gunpoint? I must have missed that the last time I ran Windows Update.

more than 5 years ago

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono

The Bungi Re:What are the mysterious patents (570 comments)

Java isn't as an independent technology.

Independent of whom? Sun Microsystems? And have you established that absolutely none of the Java source infringes on anyone's patents?

more than 5 years ago

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono

The Bungi Re:to the casual observer (570 comments)

not very successful proprietary virtual machine and framework

So .NET is not successful? Can you please explain why, exactly, a technology that counts millions of active developers and thousands of products is not "successful"? What exactly constitutes success, in your book?

has been partially abandoned by its own masters

Uh, abandoned how, exactly? Please be specific, you were modded up for your comment so I assume you have more than just a Slashdot-style FOSS advocacy blurb here to back it up.

You might recall Microsoft spent like three years rewriting parts of Windows in .NET

You might recall that they did indeed rewrite parts of Windows in .NET, like the management console subsystem and several tools like PowerShell. Were you expecting them to rewrite the whole thing in C#, and is that why you claim .NET is not successful? And please, I'd like to see some evidence that they didn't do something they claimed they were going to do in Vista with .NET, because as far as I remember they did exactly what they said they would - nothing more and nothing less.

Maybe we can learn from their very expensive learning experience?

Maybe you can cut down on the impressive-sounding hyperbole a bit. I feel liked I just walked into the Slashdot Spin Zone(TM) here.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Threatens Harvard Law Prof With Sanctions

The Bungi Re:The Real Issue: Universal Access to Knowledge. (333 comments)

So flocktard, let's see all the content you shared without receiving compensation of any kind and don't really mind - in fact it made you positively happy to do so. Let's see it.

more than 5 years ago

The Python History Blog

The Bungi Re:Nice (8 comments)

Why don't you take a seat over there... those nice gentlemen want to have a word with you :)

Rimshot! :) I guess it's OK. Finding what does what on the runtime is complicated, but the docs are good. And I suppose if you're careful you can write secure apps with it. Wikipedia and a ton of other high-traffic sites seem to do well. It is kind of weird to be back in an ASP-like environment... except without a decent debugger.

So I don't even go there, even when it might make sense. On the other hand, when it does make sense and the conditions are right, I rarely hesitate. Especially when it's on my dime.

Not in a million years. Regardless of the underlying philosophy, I'd hang myself before being seen managing a large (>100K+ LOC) codebase written in a language without compile-time checking.

more than 5 years ago

Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09

The Bungi Re:Not a vulnerability (431 comments)

I don't think anyone would blame Microsoft for user-installed malware.

People do, in fact. They simply lump those into the "Windows is insecure" mantra. Statistically the number of actual vulnerabilities that have not been patched and have an exploit in the wild (which would be a good example of security breakdown) are rare.

more than 5 years ago



IRS Investigating Mozilla Foundation Status

The Bungi The Bungi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Bungi writes "From TechCrunch comes word that everybody's favorite government agency is investigating the Mozilla Foundation because of their primary source of revenue: their commercial agreement with Google. Revealed in their latest financial statement, it seems that at issue is the Foundation's status as a non-profit entity, based on their claims that said revenue from the Google search defaults in Firefox should be considered "royalties". If the IRS begs to differ with them, the result could be the loss of their status under the tax code, and they would have to pay excise taxes on the $85M they got in 2007 alone. Perhaps not a big deal considering how much money they make off Google, but would they be viewed differently by their users and contributors if they suddenly turn into a corporation?"


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