While perpetually scorned by people, for no real reason, Microsoft’s search engine “Bing” has a few tricks up its sleeve.
I was looking through my blog stats one day…
Technical post here. I noticed this obnoxious combination while using Firefox on Windows 10 recently (within the past week).
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):
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.
I was bored and my PC could use a cleaning, I determined to “reset” Windows. This is something new in Windows 8 that was carried over to Windows 10 (unlike the “refresh” option) that essentially reinstalls Windows in place without having to boot from install media.
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:
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.
If you have a WordPress blog with at least one post on it, try this:
- Go to the statistics page of your blog. That is described in WordPress help here.
- At the top of the page, make sure “insights” is selected.
- Click on the little histogram/bar chart icon to the far right of “latest post summary”.
- 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.
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:
Wouldn’t it make more sense to just automatically load the UI instead of making the user jump through another hoop?
One of your end-users