The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 June 2005

The war inside the desktop

I upgraded both Firefox (to 1.0.4) and QuickTime (to 6.5.2) on my work box yesterday, which had the non-salutary effect of causing rather a lot of Web pages to display incorrectly. After a period of cursing, investigation, and recursing, I determined that at some point during these processes, Macromedia's Flash and Shockwave plugins were somehow screwed; reinstalling them seemed to restore some semblance of normal operation.

Needless to say, this is a Wintel box. And one does get used to failures on Wintel boxes, no matter how inconvenient, but "get used to" does not translate into "appreciate."

Which makes me wonder what sort of hell Francis W. Porretto was put through, to motivate him to post the Curmudgeon's Laws of The Adequate Device Driver, a list of ten desiderata, on which typical Windows systems can count on, oh, 0.5 or so.

Posted at 8:57 AM to PEBKAC