Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by Andy McLaughlin
OSNews, Generic OSes "Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, developed almost exclusively by one person, Andy McLaughlin, since its inception in 1997. Andy is a 30-something programmer from Canada, who, via Boston and San Jose ended up in London, UK, where he spends much of his spare time developing Visopsys. We had the great fortune to catch up with Andy via email and ask him questions about Visopsys, why he started the project in the first place, and where is it going in the future."
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RE: The hardest part
by Vanders on Tue 18th Sep 2012 10:44 UTC in reply to "The hardest part"
Vanders
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...all interpreting the standards in their own ‘unique’ ways. You might write something like an IDE driver that works on every system you try, release it, and then find out it isn’t working properly on hundreds of other peoples’ systems


IDE? All. My. Hate.

I often said that it appears every single manufacturer of an ATA controller took the specification, had it translated into Japanese by a 13 year old Spanish teenager and then handed it to a Brazilian programmer to read out loud to a Polish developer as he tried to implement it. I have no other explanation for how hardware designers could all come to such odd interpretations of something that was supposedly a written standard.

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