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posted by Fnord666 on Friday March 24 2017, @06:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the didn't-need-those-folders-anyway dept.

in with a story on Robert Elder Software blog entitled Silently Corrupting an Eclipse Workspace: The Ultimate Prank:

Next time your co-worker asks:

"What's the best way to back up my Eclipse workspace on Windows?"

you can tell them "Just right-click on it and select 'Send to Compressed (zipped) folder' and save the zip file". Unbeknownst to them, you just pulled the ultimate prank by telling them to make a corrupted backup!

          What your friend probably doesn't realize is that the Windows 'Send to Compressed (zipped) folder' utility has a mandatory optional feature to automatically not include certain folders in the archive without telling you. This is a great feature because it demonstrates the excellent sense of humour that the authors of Microsoft Windows have. This feature was no doubt included to allow you to play a variety of hilarious pranks on others by causing them lose data, only to find out about it years later when they want to open the archive and recover it.

The blog post goes on to identify other idiosyncrasies with how Windows mishandles directories whose names start with a period and/or contain Unicode characters.

Reasons you haven't switched to Linux (cont.):

  • 3. Windows has superior development tools.

What other issues have you found with how Windows handles filenames?

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Nerdfest on Friday March 24 2017, @07:21PM (5 children)

    by Nerdfest (80) on Friday March 24 2017, @07:21PM (#483810)

    Windows hasn't been a superior devlopment platform for a very long time. All the can really clain superiority for is the availability of games and malware.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by DannyB on Friday March 24 2017, @07:57PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 24 2017, @07:57PM (#483831) Journal

    As for Windows and superior development platform, you've no doubt seen that VS Code, when idle, uses 13% cpu time to blink the cursor.

    Kill two birds with one stone. That is a statement of efficiency.

    Inspired, Microsoft created Windows 8. Its new interface kills desktop computing, while its requirement of a keyboard kills tablet computing.

    Then Windows 10 began the downfall of civilization. Or maybe it was the US election. Not sure. Or maybe one is the cause of the other.

    The most difficult part of the art of fencing is digging the holes and carrying the fence posts.
    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Friday March 24 2017, @11:52PM

      by Gaaark (41) on Friday March 24 2017, @11:52PM (#483924) Journal

      Windows fecks its users, Wasserman-Hillary fecked Bernie: result=Trump.

      Really, i saw it all coming in 1999: that's why I switched to Linux!

      NOW, I'm going to Disneyland! :)

      --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 24 2017, @08:20PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 24 2017, @08:20PM (#483846)

    Sometimes the games are malware. See SecuROM.

    • (Score: 1) by Scrutinizer on Friday March 24 2017, @10:38PM

      by Scrutinizer (6534) on Friday March 24 2017, @10:38PM (#483901)

      Back in the bad ol' days of SecuROM (Starforce, et al), one of the many wonders of the Internet was roaming groups of software pirates who would crack and remove the copy-protection, thus enabling the consumer to obtain a superior product.

      I'm sure I'm not the only one whose bought-and-paid-for copy of Morrowind would crash constantly, yet the cracked executables [] enabled hours-long crash free gaming sessions. I wasn't even aware of my keystrokes being logged (hopefully because it didn't happen)!

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Friday March 24 2017, @08:51PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday March 24 2017, @08:51PM (#483858)

    Visual Studio still has a strong lead in debugging tools, and, of course, delivery of code to the Windows platforms.

    Personally, I think it's a bloated whale carcass that should be dynamited for entertainment, but when you have as many bugs as Windows developers do, you need a good debugging tool.

    🌻🌻 []