The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 February 2004

Get it now before it works

Literally for months, Windows Media Player's auto-update feature has been nagging me to upgrade to version 9, and finally I bit the bullet yesterday and downloaded the 13-megabyte package.

This morning, of course, there was a new "security update."

Let it be said that all software beyond the level of Hello, world! has bugs and/or "random features" and/or "undocumented functionality." Still, any Microsoft package rivals the Albert Hall for holes.

Posted at 7:29 AM to PEBKAC


And have you seen this?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:49 AM on 13 February 2004

About ten minutes ago, in fact.

A BBC story on the leak contains this nifty little blurb:

[F]or Microsoft to have this code paraded in public is hugely embarrassing. Not least because the code is littered with profanity and might show that many Microsoft programmers do not do a very good job.

Ah, internal documentation.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:26 AM on 13 February 2004

Hmmm. If I were to load Windows backwards, would my computer display a satanic message?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:25 PM on 15 February 2004