Hell, some of the bests post here are the OT ones, IMO..
Newsgroups, like real life, would be pretty boring if everyone stayed on topic..
Now if the spammers would all be so kind as to start their posts with "spam",
I'd filter those out..
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No, "re: " is required in the Subject header under certain circumstances.
(Note that the expression is precisely 4 characters, with the space)
See RFC 1036 Sec 2.1.4 and Sec 2.2.5 ... the latter will explain how/when
"Re: " is used.
Micro$oft has done many things both right and wrong, sometimes at the same time
and in the same application, IMHO..
What they almost always do well is marketing..
Just use ME operating system as an example of how you can sell shit in a bag, if
you market it enough..
How many of us, beginning with Dos, have been unpaid beta testers for M$?
Can we get a show of hands? lol
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I once liked _most_ of what MSFT did, and still think that, in general, the
ultimate impact they have had on "personal computing" since the DOS days is
more on the plus side than the negative ... but not necessarily the way they
That said, MSFT, like most corporations these days, appears to be currently
full of blithering idiots, .
On that same note (corporate/government ineptness) can someone who has
qualified for Medicare longer than I tell why the hell a Medicare Card is
just that much bigger than a credit card so that it can not possibly fit in
Just wondering ...
So it won't fit in a standard card reader? So the 'system' HAS to buy
the Siemens Hospital Installation Lobby's (aka SHIT) 'special' medical
card reader for....ermmmmm $11,786.00?.... plus their software and
Now as that cynical or skeptical?... I'm going with cynical.
Reminds me of a (paper) newsletter that was sent out to support some kinda
special software that I needed to maintain. This was some odd size that
could NOT be put into any file, folder or binder. It created absolute havoc
because there was no way to store this much needed info. I raised hell
about it. So did a lot of other folks.
After a month or two, they relented and whined that it would cost a litttle
more to publish a standard sized newsletter that could actually be
stored/used properly. A year or two later it came out that they got the
idea from Microsoft. Why am I not surprised?
IMHO the single best thing that Gates & Co. did was make everyone
speak the same language.
Anyone who remembers trying to pass business files back and forth
before de facto standardization by msft doesn't miss those days even a
Please email me if you disagree and I will get back to you with an
attachment - written in WordStar 1.
Thos. J. Watson - Cabinetmaker
Unfortunately, you can say that about almost all software producers,
and about many hardware producers, too. The computer industry as a
whole has gotten away with more screwing of buyers than any five other
industries combined, except, maybe, car makers who have had about a
half century more experience in screwing the consumer without Vaseline.
I don't personally think MicroSoft has done much of anything right.
Marketing ain't hard when you have a giant monopoly on your hands,
brought about by underhanded and illegal marketing techniques.
Or if you dominate the market through illegal marketing techniques
rather than with a superior product.
I've run most MS OS's since DOS 2.0 and none of them were any good.
File systems suck, memory protection sucks, the whole package sucked and
30 or so years later is not too much better. Gates has single handedly
set computing back at least 30 years so far, and probably 100 years or
more when it's all said and done.
Anyway, I reckon colons are OK in the subject line, and any newsreader
that handles them as some sort of special character instead of simple
text is wrong?
"Reckon" what you will ... the fact remains that "OT:" is indeed removed by
some mail/news clients from threaded replies. This fact is amply documented
in countless threads hereabouts that are marked thusly, occasionally
complained about or blamed on the poster of subsequent replies, AND, more to
... a SOLUTION was provided!
As far as the rest of your post, give it up ... this is the 21st century and
OS/2 is no longer in the running. :)
"Most operating systems for 64-bit architectures already use 64-bit
integers in their time_t. The move to these architectures is already
under way and many expect it to be complete before 2038. Using a
(signed) 64-bit value introduces a new wraparound date in about 290
billion years, on Sunday, December 4, 292,277,026,596. This problem,
however, is not widely regarded as a pressing issue."
That last sentence was written by a master of understatement.
I'm fairly sure the "2038 Bug" is not going to present me much of a
problem and I know darned well I'm not going to worry about the one in
292277026596 c.e. (Would have been a bit ironic if that date had been
Dec. 7, instead of Dec 4.)
That amortization schedule showing the last mortgage payment coming
due 1 March, 1901 must have been quite a shock. Think they'd foreclose
because of a payment 137 years in arrears?
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