Category Archives: software bug

An unwontedly ugly property sheet

We all know that parts of a system that are used the least are generally the worst. They get the least attention and have the lowest priority when triaging bugs. In some cases they are so rarely seen that they don’t even get bug reports written about them. Vide the now notorious Windows 3.x font addition dialog that lasted until Windows Vista.

Here is a less egregious example from Windows 10 (current version, 1511):

UglyFTPProps

Note the background color problem under the permissions section of the dialog. I suspect that it has been there since Windows 98 or something. If it was removed, this would look fine. Maybe in the next version of Windows, the anniversary update, they will improve this?

I am not mentioning the UNIX style permissions because that is a function of the FTP server, rather than the Windows FTP client.

Interesting WordPress failure

In reviewing my dayly “dashboard” to see who had been reading my blog, I found out that WordPress doesn’t like the copyright symbol (©) in post tituls:

copyright-wordpress-problem

I have not yet dared to try a post with ‘;– in it yet, to see if it is SQL vulnerable. I think (hope?) this is just a character encoding problem.

Excessive dates in WordPress; or, who was blogging in 1970?

If you have a WordPress blog with at least one post on it, try this:

  1. Go to the statistics page of your blog. That is described in WordPress help here.
  2. At the top of the page, make sure “insights” is selected.
  3. Click on the little histogram/bar chart icon to the far right of “latest post summary”.
  4. Scroll down and notice the ridiculous starting date of the matrix: 1970!

This is, I am almost certain, on account of a certain common epoch starting on January 1, 1970. However, I really don’t know why WordPress should display that far back. It would clean the page up and shorten it considerably if they started at, say, 2000. Alternately, 2003 was the year WordPress (the software) was started, so there should be no hits on any WP site before then.

Am I missing something? It seems a little too obvious, making me think that I have overlooked an obvious reason for keeping it.

 

Questions for Microsoft – Windows Defender

Background: Windows Defender is the name of the bundled antivirus and antispyware software in Microsoft’s Windows 10. You can read the entire detail here and the slightly outdated official word here.

Two questions for Microsoft:

Despite being part of Windows and deeply integrated into the operating system, the little icon that lets you access it from the notification area (ex system tray) only shows up if a virus/spyware is detected, and then it stays until the user signs out. Why isn’t it always there? Note that this is with the option “always show all icons in the notification area” set to “On”.

When the little icon is clicked or right-clicked, you get a one-option menu:

defender-open

Wouldn’t it make more sense to just automatically load the UI instead of making the user jump through another hoop?

Thanx,

One of your end-users