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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 19:35
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 19:35
Oct 1, 2014, 19:35
 
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 19:48
mag
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 19:48
Oct 1, 2014, 19:48
mag
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 19:58
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 19:58
Oct 1, 2014, 19:58
 
so now we just get

if (windowsVersion starts with 1){
bluescreen of death
}
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 20:05
nin
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 20:05
Oct 1, 2014, 20:05
 nin
 
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 20:16
Beamer
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 20:16
Oct 1, 2014, 20:16
 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

It's a rumor that came from someone claiming to work for Microsoft on Reddit, which is slightly sketchy, and he says it was the internal rumor, and let me say that when working at a company that large internal rumors are often total fabrications.

But then there's this:
Over 4000 hits
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 20:25
mag
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 20:25
Oct 1, 2014, 20:25
mag
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:16:
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

It's a rumor that came from someone claiming to work for Microsoft on Reddit, which is slightly sketchy, and he says it was the internal rumor, and let me say that when working at a company that large internal rumors are often total fabrications.

But then there's this:
Over 4000 hits

Haha, Yeah, that's what I heard. So obviously, grain of salt. But hilarious and totally believable.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 21:10
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 21:10
Oct 1, 2014, 21:10
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

It might sound strange but if that's the case it actually makes some sense and it's not entirely Microsoft's fault. As someone else posted a link, some stupid devs search for older Microsoft systems by looking for "windows 9" (think "Windows 9*") at the start of the name as in "Windows 98" and then give an error because it's not supported by the program.

So in a way you have to hand it to Microsoft for knowing that stupid devs out there do crap like this, or more specifically in that way, and want to avoid programs from said stupid devs giving arbitrary error messages and exiting despite the program being able to work perfectly.

On the other hand one can't help wondering if instead calling it "Windows v9" would have worked just fine, integer be damned.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 21:14
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 21:14
Oct 1, 2014, 21:14
 
Well... It's much better than 8 and 8.1

installed it on a non-domain laptop that had windows 7 on it... 4MB download... reboots... upon next logon to desktop, pops up windows update... 2.6GB update.... reboot... voila Win 7 -> win 10!!!

If they get that update real solid... that will convince a lot of enterprises to upgrade due to easy migration! (Imagine upgrading everyone through your WSUS servers)

I also took the full ISO and installed it on a VM from scratch, and joined it to the domain... RSAT tools are also already available!!!

MS did their fuckin' homework this time!
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 21:32
Rigs
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 21:32
Oct 1, 2014, 21:32
 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

Could have been worse...they could've called it WindowsX...


=-Rigs-=
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 21:38
KTR
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 21:38
Oct 1, 2014, 21:38
KTR
 
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

That's definitely not the reason why there's no Windows 9. Don't be gullible for some self proclaimed Microsoft Dev.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 22:51
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 22:51
Oct 1, 2014, 22:51
 
Despite the odd choice of name, this is definitely what Windows 8 should have been (just like 7 was what Vista should have been). I hated Windows 8 so much. Not that I didn't understand how to use it, it was just stupid. With some free plugins I can make it tolerable though. But I am running Windows 10 right now on a spare SSD and so far I don't really have anything negative to say about it. I definitely like the new features. I'm very glad they finally fixed the command prompt too!

The only thing I'd change is All Programs should do an old school WinXP/98/95 style where it opens a huge several column list of all your apps. I don't like the Vista/7 single scroll list. But like with Win 7/8, there will eventually be a plugin for that.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 1, 2014, 23:40
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 23:40
Oct 1, 2014, 23:40
 
wtf_man wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 21:14:
If they get that update real solid... that will convince a lot of enterprises to upgrade due to easy migration! (Imagine upgrading everyone through your WSUS servers)

The OS upgrade isn't the big issue (and MOST enterprises would install fresh anyway.) The big issue is "Do all my old legacy apps still work, and if not, how do I keep them working so Legal doesn't go apeshit because this piece of shit database they bought in 1972 won't work anymore..."
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 2, 2014, 05:42
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 2, 2014, 05:42
Oct 2, 2014, 05:42
 
Surprised Microsoft didn't go to annual versions of Windows for a numbering system instead.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 2, 2014, 08:12
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 2, 2014, 08:12
Oct 2, 2014, 08:12
 
Rigs wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 21:32:
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

Could have been worse...they could've called it WindowsX...


=-Rigs-=

Dang it! You beat me to it!
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Oct 2, 2014, 09:28
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 2, 2014, 09:28
Oct 2, 2014, 09:28
 
Creston wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 23:40:
The OS upgrade isn't the big issue (and MOST enterprises would install fresh anyway.) The big issue is "Do all my old legacy apps still work, and if not, how do I keep them working so Legal doesn't go apeshit because this piece of shit database they bought in 1972 won't work anymore..."

I didn't mean to imply that it would be the only reason. Of course compatibility is a major issue.

However, for some of us that have a large number of machines scattered throughout a large geographical area, some with shit connections that will never see decent speeds... Deployment of a new OS is a very heavy issue.

We just got everything off of XP a couple of months before the End of Life. It was a 2 year ordeal.

Granted... we normally would start with fresh images... but if the upgrade works as smoothly as it did on my test laptop, and everything turns out to be compatible... rolling out an update through WSUS for existing machines, even ones on a shit connection in the middle of the sticks (using BITS), becomes a major plus. Since we replace machines that are 5 years old anyway, all machines would have a fresh image by the end of that rollout. But the major take-away is we could have the upgrade deployment done within months instead of years. (Staggering the rollouts, and re-imaging only problem machines)
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