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January 5, 2005 01:23 PM

Broken: Vegas hotel TV

Harry McCracken, in Las Vegas for CES, writes from his hotel room: Hey, My TV Just Crashed!

P.S. On a separate note, notice the new search function on This Is Broken - see the left-hand column on this page. -mh


your microsoft toothbrush has performed an illegal operation and will shut down....

?!?!? ~ _@_v lllll____

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at January 6, 2005 08:18 AM

Thank Bill Gates. The one who has allowed sloppy code to permeate the earth.

Posted by: Tim Edwards at January 6, 2005 10:10 AM

Thanks tim for not making a better os and complaining about the ones who at least try.

Honestly, its not microsoft thats broke, its the people who complain about it all the time, however i dont see any of them trying to go out and make a better os. as for sloppy code, just look at any video game now a days.

the biggest one ive seen so far is the new princ of persia. im not sure what happened, but for some reason it managed to get past play testers and magazine reviews, getting something like "it only has a few sound errors" -.- riight.. its the only game ive played so far that wont let you progress becuase it glitched up. any case, if microsoft sucks so much, why do people keep using it? because its best there is. yes, i know linix and mac both have a harder time crashing, but they wait forever before getting new software, unlike windows, which gets new software first.

Posted by: Picho at January 6, 2005 01:15 PM

Erm, while I hate getting into debates such as these, Picho: They get the software first because everyone uses it, and everyone uses it because it gets the software first. It's a monopoly, and that doesn't make it "the best".

As for sloppy code, you can find that everywhere. That doesn't make it acceptable.

Posted by: Ilan at January 6, 2005 01:38 PM

yeah i know, i want someone to actually use their smarts and combine the power of windows with the stablity of linix and mac. (what is mac's os anyways?) if i knew anything about programing os's right now, i could start work on this, but unfortantly i dont, and instead of making an os im working on designing a game.

Posted by: Picho at January 6, 2005 04:30 PM

If Microsoft comes out with software "first", then wouldn't it be easy to conclude that they've possibly done sloppier work? Besides, all they're doing when they come out with "new" software is building on their past work. Putting a basket and a shiny horn on a broken bike doesn't fix the bike... Businesses need to be able to communicate, work together, share data/files/programs, etc. Unfortunately (or fortunately--depending on which side of the fence you stand) MS software is the predominant choice for many businesses--if only for the reason of immediate convenience and ease of use. Individuals will most likely purchase a computer that is easily compatible with the one at work/school, and it snowballs from there. And with so many retailers selling complete MS systems for so cheap, why would Average Joe (who doesn't know a b from a G) look any further? Just because McDonald's sells more food than anyone else doesn't make the food the best--it's just cheap and available everywhere.

Posted by: Lisa at January 6, 2005 05:11 PM

Picho, Mac OS X runs UNIX, which is why it is so stable. Also, what power exactly does Windows have? I agree with llan and Lisa, the fact that it's cheap and everyone uses it doesn't make it the best.

Posted by: a cheesepuff at January 6, 2005 06:25 PM

D@mn.. i cant think of anything to use to aruge with.. i hate when i end up looking at both sides of the battlefield. i loose all my cannon power when i know what the other side is. anycase.. that error system doesnt mean its microsofts fault, i could be a local system error with 3rd party software. (which reminds me, what is 2nd party software?) gah.. nevermind you stole my ammo

Posted by: Picho at January 6, 2005 06:51 PM

Do you really think this is Microsoft's mistake? This could be a number of things: the cable could have been cut, the server might be busy, the server may have crashed (which may be *nix/Apache for all we know), somebody messed with the network, somebody installed new hardware and had to reboot, somebody pulled the plug to plug in a coffee pot, etc. More than half of the problems seen with Windows are the result of sloppy programmers, (well, in the case of Office...) read Raymond Chen's blog for more.

Posted by: Mike at January 6, 2005 07:50 PM

Mike: this IS a microsoft mistake, because if "the cable had been cut", the system should've popped up a message, "ERROR!!! THE CABLE HAS BEEN CUT!!!" and keep doing other functions, not crash. It's called "error handling". Well yes, it's about 500% more expensive to write an error prone program, and obviously it's not Microsoft's way...

Posted by: Wesha at January 10, 2005 09:12 PM

Error: Microsoft Heart has detected excess cholesterol and will now shut down. Remove the excess cholesterol and restart.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at January 23, 2005 01:10 PM

Ugh, the screen shows it cannot get to the internet if you read it, it can be caused by anything.

Posted by: GodFather at July 15, 2005 01:32 AM

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