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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 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.

    If we tell conservatives that the climate is transitioning, they will work to stop it.
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  • (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 ---