"in one exchange, Cooke asked Tridgell if he ever tests Samba software to see if it interoperates smoothly with rivals' systems. Tridgell's reply seemed to illustrate the problem posed by Microsoft to the rest of the software industry more effectively than all the legal and technical explanations offered by the EU during the entire weeklong hearing.
Once a year, Tridgell said, top software programmers from rival companies gather for a "plugfest" - where they connect computers together to see how their programs interoperate.
"We work around the clock for a week. We torture our machines in the pursuit of interoperability," he told a rapt court room.
"Can you do this test with Microsoft?" Cooke asked
"Yes, but they don't turn up," Tridgell said.
(end of quote from awkwardly-written article- back to my (Steve Parker) text):
So Microsoft write code at their own whim; Tridge and others write code to help MS Windows to work with other systems (Apple Macs, Unix systems, etc. A few other teams also write code which tries to interoperate with MicroSoft code - they all get together every year (Tridge had to miss this annual meeting to speak at this EU court case) but Microsoft "don't turn up", according to Tridge.
A few days ago, in http://steve-parker.org/random/2006/apr/#mailheaders, I complained that Mozilla Thunderbird could not properly display the headers.
I was wrong.
"View/Message Source" will display the full headers, and the Header Scroll Extension "Adds a scrollbar to the extended all header view so that it doesn't take all the space when viewing all headers. This is a workaround for bug #223132.".... Bug 223132 was opened in 2003, so I haven't exactly discovered anything new here ;-)
Thanks to Andy and Andrew respectively for these workarounds.
I am officially old: Today, we joined the National Trust. If there's anything to really make you re-evaluate where you are in life, joining the National Trust must be one of the most effective. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but reflecting back on it, what it says about me is rather scary!
You can now post comments on the bloggy postings - like, correcting me about Thunderbird features, plugins and configuration, for example.
Because I get constant hassle on the /forum/ URL with porn/viagra spammers (even with "must have an account" enabled), you need an account to post comments here, too.
Strangely, because I am so incredibly lazy, you create an account at http://steve-parker.org/wishlist/. That is to say, I'm trying to get around to sorting out user accounts so that there is one account for the website, but I've not yet got around to making the "create an account" stuff generic yet.
Privacy wise, the wishlist account stores your email address, name, and a hash of your chosen password, nothing else. (Of course, you can add a wishlist too, but that's your choice - by default, the listed items are all that is stored by me).
This is actually all slightly more complicated than it sounds, when you get into the detail, so expect new bugs to keep appearing ;-)
You may have noticed that the URL is now /urandom - that's just to keep the old seperated from the new for now; it will probably go back to /random once it's settled down - the RSS feed will stay as /random/random.rss
Questions, comments, complaints - give me a shout, or even comment on this post!