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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Windows

I still have...

...my copy of Programming Windows 3.1. The knowledge of how the internals of windows worked came in useful for many years afterwards even as things moved on to proper multi tasking, and wrappers, APIs and frameworks came to hide some of the more laborious parts of the code we had to write.

The Hungarian Notation comment above made me szChuckle too :-)

I still slip in to using it sometimes and people wonder why the variable names have all 'that crap' in front of them [myself included] ;-)

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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More of this sort of thing

So what if it's 'just' running on DOSBox? W95 is older than he is and it's a bit of good old fashioned tinkering-for-the-hell-of-it fun.

Then again, I am [very] easily amused - as the other day I RDP'd into my windows 8 work machine from my nexus 7 and showed everyone how I'd got TIFKAM running on Android ;-)

Hey ho!

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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More importantly...

... will they be installing beer hydrants at regular intervals along the pipeline? And will a standard fire hydrant key & stand pipe fit them?

Hic...

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Laser display screen

Samantha has to nip out now to spend time with her new gentleman friend. They're going on a driving tour of Wales. She says he's looking forward to showing her Cardiff and Cardigan Bay, before going on to Bangor in the back of his van.

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Hope it's more intelligent than their current recommendation system. "Hey! You bought a toaster! Here are 57 more toasters that you might be interested in!"

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Stop

Re: I cannot upgrade

Likewise. At work I am running Windows 8, which only supports, er, IE10. You need 8.1 to run IE11, and the upgrade is not [currently] available to me. My win 7 machine at home runs IE11 perfectly fine of course. Way to go, Microsoft!

Firefox is my usual browser of choice but I still use IE for a few work related sites

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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US Immigration

Heh, that's just reminded me of my first trip to 'murrica in the 90's - the Polish stamps in my [UK] passport gave them some cause for concern. I think they must have looked 'a bit commie'. Luckily I'd ticked the box to say I wasn't a turrrrist, so was let in ;-)

LPT: In answer to the 'where are you staying' question, it is not advisable to tiredly say 'how the fsck should I know? I've only just arrived'... :)

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: I object

He was awesome at forward rolls in TJ Hooker :-)

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Another vote for the 'scarecrow'

Tired of cleaning cat crap out of the garden so have recently installed one and it works very well. Don't bother with the cheaper options!

I've also been planning some kind over over the top arduino / pi-powered system to possibly provide tracking fire as the scarecrow lays down suppression. Automatic tweeting of the video clips might be an option too ;-)

I am also liking the raw power involved in the aussie vid :D

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Devil

"We designed Glass with privacy in mind"

Oh, that's all ok then..

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Joke

Niche

I'm happy in the knowledge that my work PC is immune to viruses because it runs the niche Windows 8 OS - it's not worth anyone's time to target such a little used system with malware...

:-)

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

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Rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty

I can't help thinking that one legal team is probably headed up by Vroomfondel, and the other by Majikthise...

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Unhappy

I wish

that El Reg's mobile site wasn't now so fscked that reading / commenting is now almost impossible. Still, I've lost count of the Microsoft Clouds that I've bought due to the tiny, unobtrusive advert that's shown...

He said - from the desktop version of the site ;-)

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Re: New Reg mobile site sucks.

I'm afraid I agree that the mobile site is currently unusable. It's even starting to make the el Reg Windows Phone app look good - which is an amazing achievement in itself ;-)

Hopefully you'll get it sorted soon, though I'd prefer just a simple list of articles rather than trying to make it a mini version of the main site. I appreciate I'm part of an ever dwindling number of people who just like some actual text on the screen though!

Your comment about auto detecting worries me - will I be able to choose which site to view or are you going all BBC we-know-best-so-screw-you on us!?

Cheers!

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

Thus spake largefile on 4/2/14!

Two whole months ago?

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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Sharepoint

... barely works on the desktop, what chance on iThings?

In fact, if you want to hide information from the NSA etc, don't bother encrypting it, just store it in Sharepoint - they'll never find it (nor will you, mind...)

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Paris Hilton

Unix servers?

I thought the mantra was: 'Gnu's Not Unix'.....??

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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ROU

Probably just a Torturer class ROU reconfiguring its fields to appear as something else.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Sad, sad, sad.

Its the modern way of museums. Bristol used to have an "Industrial Museum"

This is the first thing that came into my head as I was reading...

If you want to see the true horror of what awaits, visit the M-Shed in Bristol. Gone are most of the interesting exhibits that stimulated the imagination and interest. Instead we have small text panels, large photos, and lots of 'audio experiences'

Adults are no longer welcome in this excuse for a museum, it's just for spoonfeeding kids tiny snippets of information so they're not taxed too much by having to actually think for themselves.

Hope BP doesn't go the same way :-(

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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Coffee/keyboard

Pork holster

See icon.

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

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Go

Can't wait

Me and the other windows phone user are both looking forwards to all these new apps :-)

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Trollface

Nobody complained...

... when their G+ page changed weeks ago though.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Coat

Re: The first hurdle....

...despite having worked on the internet since the 90s...

Well, hurry up and finish it please!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Fanny

That is all.

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Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

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I loved that game :-)

Though it pushed my 386DX33 with trident video card to the limit ;-)

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

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With each new iteration of the facebook interface..

.. I find it harder and harder to actually find anything I'm interested in on there. It's like they track you to see what you actually want to see, then automatically replace it with stuff *they* want you to see...

It's as if they're reliant on serving you crap you don't want.. oh right..

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

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Re: Holy Remind Me Of GeoCities Batman!

I just ran Yahoo.com through the Geocities-izer to see what would happen... I think I may have accidentally created a black hole =:-O

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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Re: I think it's going to be bigger than expected.

And am I the only one that thinks that, with few exceptions, anything gold coloured invariably ends up looking cheap and tasteless?

Perhaps they're bringing out 'Elizabeth Duke' special editions of everything...

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

<AOL>

It really *is* that bad...

<shudder>

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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I miss my IRIS Indigo

I loved that little purpley box - just the right size to rest your feet on :-)

The Indigo2, Indy and O2 just weren't as practical (although there was fun to be had building a 'mousetrap' style course in front of the I2 and seeing how far you could get the CD caddy to travel after ejecting it... ah, happy days as a graduate plonked in front of lots of expensive SGI kit :-)

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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"Move up one channel"

That is all.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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WTF?

Re: Why do they need a Youtube app?

Quite. I don't know about the other Windows Phone (7.8) user but I can't see any reason to need an app. If there's a link to a YT video and you follow it, it plays full screen without problem. No crappy app to get in the way. What's the point? Its not as if amusing cat videos are so hard to find that you need a special search interface over and above the website itself.

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Amazon's profit-eating machine revs into overdrive

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Re: ?

I thought that the idea is to report as little profit as possible (preferably a loss) in order to avoid paying any tax? Of course the company is still raking it in, just not accounting it as 'profit' (those yachts aren't cheap to run you know ;-)

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Re: I followed the link

Dammit! Evil Graham! (see icon)

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Headbangers have a gas, gas, gas in mosh pits

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[Newcastle] Brownian Motion

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: What Don't People Get?

Like many people I've not seen the point of the chromebook, or perhaps more honestly I've just not liked the idea of it. However if instead I think of it as kind of a wireless x-terminal equivalent then around a corporation it could make a lot of sense, especially if it spent most of it's time connected to company servers.

Certainly useful as mentioned above, when the 'data-protection-rules-don't-apply-to-me' CEO leaves it on the train...

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All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla

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Re: Adobe Reader

As far as I can tell FoxIt is rapidly turning into a bloated mess also :-( The last straw was upgrading to the latest version recently to discover that they've removed the ability to stop PDFs opening in a browser. [I have to use a mix of IE and other browsers]. Irrationally or otherwise I truly hate opening PDFs in the browser and always use a separate app.. Also I was getting fed up of re-turning off Javascript etc every time I updated it. As mentioned above - it's just frikkin PDF display software that I want - display, zoom, print. That's It. Oh, and not be a 30+Mb download and a monster memory hog too.. Too much to ask it seems.

Bye Bye FoxIt, it's been fun ;-(

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

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Devil

Re: HOW DARE YOU!

R Tape loading error, 0:1

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US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

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The Black Knight always triumphs!

'Tis but a scratch....

:-)

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

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Mushroom

We'll soon see...

.. the photo in this article being paraded by the NORKS as proof of their world-dominating fleet of laser armed rocket tanks...

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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JVC MiniNote

My JVC MiniNote is still going reasonably well. The internal WIFI seems to have stopped working but I still use it with a dongle. Very handy for traveling.

It is more of a 'tiny laptop' than a netbook though, with an eyewatering RRP to match. I got mine in a sale and the VAT man kindly knocked 17.5% off too :)

I tried various linux distros on it a few years ago without much success, might be time to have another go...

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Am I the only person...

..who prefers to open PDF files in an external application rather than scrunched inside the browser window? Haven't used a browser plugin for yonks. I wish there was some simple viewer software that just viewed & didn't support all the JavaScript and other crap that PDF's can now contain tho..

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Ofcom: Fancy running a temporary HD Freeview TV channel?

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Stop

Retune

So, we'll still be retuning the feckin' boxes once a week until at least 2019 then? Presumably for 'Babestation HD' 1 - 6 at a guess.

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

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Have a rec for mention of the venerable 555. I'll see you, and raise with a 741 op-amp :-)

Ah, happy days in 'design and tech' soldering stuff together in the hope it would actually do something other than use up vast amounts of solder :-D

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Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

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Belgium man....

Belgium!

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Firefox for Android now runs on EVEN OLDER, slower kit

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Re: 15 million more androids

Well I thought it was funny (and I'm one of the '300' ;-)

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The best tablets for Christmas

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"...and a maps app that sucks the scabs off a zombie’s nutsack."

<ripple of polite applause>

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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Re: Currys/PC World

When I wandered through PC world at the weekend, approx 1/4 of the Win8 machines were showing an 'Automatic Repair - Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC' type BSOD.

On some of the others I clicked through to the desktop only to see various error dialogs. Although that did look like it was caused by some incompatible crapware installed by the manufacturer or possibly PC world.

The staff were far more interested in pushing iStuff, and hardly anyone was looking at the Win8 machines.

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Mint Sauce

Re: good enough

Quite. My home PC is a Pentium 4 and is perfectly capable of running windows 7, web browsing, usual email and document editing. Heck, even video editing is do-able without too much pain (just go and make a cuppa whilst it is rendering the final file!).

Basically I see no need to replace it until it explodes or I suddenly get back into gaming and need more power. Over the years I've upgraded the graphics a bit, stuck in more ram and another hard disk. That's about it.

That's not to say I wouldn't _like_ something new and shiny of course... :-)

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