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Windows So far, Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about Windows 7, carefully trying to prevent another Longhorn PR disaster where the company promised the heavens and more for Longhorn, but in the end ditched Longhorn to make way for Vista. Chris Flores (Windows Client Communications Team) as well as Steven Sinofsky, has broken the silence a little bit to talk about Windows 7. In addition, it is believed Windows 7 will make its first official debut at the D6 All Things Digital conference today, during a keynote held by Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.
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RE[2]: Wasted Opportunity
by phoehne on Tue 27th May 2008 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Wasted Opportunity"
phoehne
Member since:
2006-08-26

It depends on what you do. For a while I was working on simulators and there were things that made Windows (Win32) something more of a challenge than Unix. However, I would say plugging away in .NET is no more of a headache than plugging away in Java (they're much more similar than dissimilar). What does make it suck is the registry. Especially when you have to go in there and edit the registry, or you're coding against the registry. It's always in the back of your mind that this is the one time where your 'harmless' registry edit goes foul and you have no current image of your hard disk.

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RE[3]: Wasted Opportunity
by stestagg on Tue 27th May 2008 16:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Opportunity"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

I think that, in reality, registry editing is no less dangerous than running 'sudo' commands in Linux. Sure, the registry is complex, and the Microsoft overengineered solutions to simple problems tend to muddy the waters some-what, but really, editing the registry is pretty trivial.

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RE[4]: Wasted Opportunity
by renox on Tue 27th May 2008 19:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Wasted Opportunity"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

The point isn't that editing the registry is complex, the point is that it is a single point of failure for the whole OS!

I have a colleague of mine who was had to reinstall the whole OS because of a registry corruption, (the socalled 'backup' of the registry didn't work either).

So the GP is right: each time you edit the registry, there is a possibility to hose the whole OS which is an awful design..

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RE[4]: Wasted Opportunity
by tweakedenigma on Tue 27th May 2008 22:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Wasted Opportunity"
tweakedenigma Member since:
2006-12-27

I would a have to disagre. Everytime you use sudo you are running as if you are the admin. So it is more like clicking OK or when UAC comes up, or just using your computer in an pre-Vista Windows OS. The Registry on the other hand is a binary mess that while changing it you can hose your system.

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RE[3]: Wasted Opportunity
by angelochoa on Tue 27th May 2008 18:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Opportunity"
angelochoa Member since:
2006-11-20

But don't need to use the registry as long as you don't depend on other existing program. You can always use the configuration files.

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RE[3]: Wasted Opportunity
by PlatformAgnostic on Wed 28th May 2008 03:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Opportunity"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

The underlying data format of the NT registry is a journalled, clustered, transactional store. It's no riskier to make an edit than a text file on your hard drive.

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