Holy cow, I wrote a book!
The first question
suggestion has to do with how shortcuts can find their targets
even if they've been renamed.
This is something I had covered
nearly a year before the question was asked,
so the reason I'm not answering that question isn't that I'm ignoring the
It's that I already answered it.
While I'm at it, here are other questions that I've already answered:
The other question was a series of questions about the history of
multiple monitor support in Windows.
Actually, I think I've already discussed all of the parts of this
so today's entry is more like a
"Remember the first time I talked about multiple monitors?"
Windows 98 was the first version of Windows to support
(Code to support multiple monitors started being written
shortly after Windows 95 was out the door,
so my guess is that the preliminary design work overlapped
the end of the Windows 95 project.)
To facilitate development of code that takes advantage of
the multimon.h header file was introduced
so you could code as if multiple monitor support was present in the
operating system, and it would emulate the multimon APIs
(with a single monitor) if running on Windows 95.
In Windows 98, the maximum number of monitors was nine.
There was no restriction on color depth
the most common configuration involved one powerful graphics card
combined with one really lame one.
When support for multiple monitors was ported to Windows NT,
the Windows NT folks
figured they could one-up the Windows 98 team.
The maximum number of monitors was increased from nine to ten.
maybe someday it will
go to eleven.