Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Okay, I got around to digging through
the suggestion box, and today I'm going to dispatch the
items that don't require much thought but seemed worthy of reply to
You won't learn much of anything today.
Topics I try to avoid
I try to avoid pure opinion pieces on technical matters.
(Especially if they aren't funny.)
I try to avoid speculating about the future.
I don't feel I have the authority to discuss this.
Topics that are outside my realm of expertise
You want to ask a security person, like say
This a question for the Terminal Services team.
Try asking the Windows Messenger team.
I am not the Office or Visual Studio team.
I have no idea. I have never worked on logon/logoff or
COM marshalling or USB hardware or the CLR or networking
or Plug and Play or backup...
(Though for the status bar question, I have a wild guess
which is likely to be completely wrong.
If the last window you close is a pop-up ad with no status bar,
then maybe it is that "no status bar" that is
the one that ends up being saved as your preference.
Just a wild guess.)
Every customization comes at a cost.
The line has to be drawn somewhere.
Topics not of general interest
(usually "please debug my computer")
Sounds like something you should take up with the MS Money folks.
I've never see this.
"My Computer" renaming works for me.
These questions aren't of general interest. One of them isn't
even about Windows, and I don't
understand that last one, but please, don't explain.
I am at a loss as to how I should respond to these requests.
You could do that? News to me.
It's not that anybody makes it hard; rather that nobody
goes out of their way to make it easy.
Processes are expensive.
Because Alt+Tab is for switching among windows.
But Task Manager is for switching among applications.
Studies showed that people didn't know how to exit programs,
so some people sat down and tried to work out some
universal symbol that would clearly indicate "Close".
Allowing other programs do gross things to Explorer wasn't
on its list of design goals.
Other entries require more thought. Each non-code entry takes me
a half hour or so, more if I have to do research
(if somebody asks me a question outside my area of expertise
and I feel like hunting for the answer), and the code entries
require an hour and a half or more.
Some of them take days.
I think I spent three weeks on the dialog box
template series, and about as much on the context menus.
(And there are plenty of other series in various stages of
I don't get paid to do this. It's just a hobby.
It's frustrating when people order you to spend more
time on your hobby. And then when you decide it's too much
and start closing comments to try to get some of your life back,
people call you a coward and assume that you stopped for some
(Like when they say, "Look, Raymond closed comments
as soon as people started asking embarrassing questions."
But the comment timestamps prove otherwise.
I closed comments weeks or months later.)