The History Of Microsoft Windows

This made me chuckle:

Windows: A thirty-two bit extension and graphical shell to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit microprocessor which was written by a two-bit company that can’t stand one bit of competition…

(via a commenter on CBC)

A Countdown Timer For Windows

I wrote a timer countdown program 4-5 years ago for Phillip. I recently remembered it because gHacks posted about a tiny timer program.

windows timer screenshot

My Timer program is self-explanatory. I don’t think I’ve ever used it. I doubt Phillip even used it.

I have to update the email address in its About screen.

Downloads:
Zipped up version of Timer (292k).
Non-zipped up version of Timer; just the executable (581k).

I’ve Never Owned An Apple Product

apple logoI have nothing against Apple, the computer company that has a cult-like following, but I’ve never owned any of their products: iPod, Mac, iPhone

They come out with gadgets that a lot of people think they must have, like the new MacBook Air, which is being promoted as the world’s thinnest notebook. So what?

I’m not defending the PC and Windows world; I just don’t see the attraction of products that cost a lot more than similar products; it seems you’re just buying the brand, which, of course, is part of the appeal to many buyers. Not me – for any brand of product, except scotch.

How To Reverse Engineer A Window’s Program

Hacking Windows Pinball is an excellent article about reverse engineering a Windows program; namely, the standard Pinball game that comes with most version of Windows:

It’s not really really difficult but it is really really tedious. And potentially spirit-crushing. So, it that’s your thing then read on, otherwise – get back to pinball!

He mentions cheats for the game, but how he found the cheats is the informative part, if you didn’t know how to do it.

(via digg)