* Posts by snowdude

6 posts • joined 23 Apr 2010

Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'


Give Microsoft a break

My kid has been using the edu version of Minecraft in school this year and he's loved it. They've been building virtual Anderson shelters as part of a WWII project. They talk about what would've been in them, location away from the house, the visibility from the air, how many people would need to fit inside etc. and most importantly he's enthusiastic about the project and really learning the subject.

Making school more exciting for children is a good thing and Microsoft's intentions in providing fun and engaging tools should be praised.

China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain


Re: The wonder...

Forcing Microsoft to divulge APIs and document formats worked for a time. But, they have already fallen into their bad old ways. You try and get detailed information on their Outlook 2013 OST format! We've spoken to them several times, progressed to senior levels and then whole conversation shut-down.

This might just give them a little reminder to play nice.

Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT has 16GB of free storage


External SD would be fine... if you could install Apps to it

Yep, you can put a big old SD card in but (unlike Android) you can't install apps to it. So if it's the apps that are taking the space then you're out of luck.

Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher


It's the lack of information that's killing it

People generally don't mind if delays occur or mistakes happen they just want to be told what's going on. I pre-ordered my Surface over a week ago (before the sold-out information started appearing) and apart from the order confirmation have received nothing telling me what's going on. Not a single email.

A phone call to the support line resulted in more confusion as the rep just re-read my order confirmation to me and told me that the web site information was incorrect. Zero information on when orders would be shipped or why delays were occurring. I don't know why I expected better but I did.

Researcher: Code-execution bug affects 200 Windows apps


SafeDllSearchMode anyone?

The majority of this issue was addressed with XP and sp2 with a setting called SafeDllSearchMode (which is enabled by default).

With SafeDllSearchMode Windows only looks for a DLL in the current directory AFTER it has searched the app folder and system folders but, and this could a problem, before it searches the PATH.

Therefore if an app tries loading a DLL that it simply expects to be in the path but there is a DLL of the same name in the current directory you could be in for a world of pain. Not quite sure why any app would need to load a DLL from the current directory and therefore why it wasn't removed when SafeDllSearchMode was added.

Check your apps!

Ten free apps to install on every new PC



7-zip is the first app installed on every PC for me. Then (in no particular order):



Agent Ransack

Everything else is installed as needed.

ps. iTunes? Really?


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