Kahenraz wrote on 2022-08-07, 00:33:
I wonder if this is still a thing.
Jon Ross, who wrote the original version of SimCity for Windows 3.x, told me that he accidentally left a bug in SimCity where he read memory that he had just freed. Yep. It worked fine on Windows 3.x, because the memory never went anywhere. Here’s the amazing part: On beta versions of Windows 95, SimCity wasn’t working in testing. Microsoft tracked down the bug and added specific code to Windows 95 that looks for SimCity. If it finds SimCity running, it runs the memory allocator in a special mode that doesn’t free memory right away. That’s the kind of obsession with backward compatibility that made people willing to upgrade to Windows 95.
https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2000/05/24/str … d-egg-problems/
Edit: I posted links to left over sources the best I could. A lot are now deleted sadly from internet rot.
Wish it was that way today. It's a long story but MS fired a bunch of PC people in the Windows 8 dev which a friend of ours that helped on XP was one of those fired. It was part of a 'MS Shakeup' that made the business news a few times. Sadly this is the only article I could find but there used to be more: https://www.wtnh.com/news/microsoft-laying-of … -sales-shakeup/ this was only JUST the beginning of their rocky road to wanting to be a smartphone company!!! 😲😲 At the time businesses and companies were pushing the 'PC in your pocket' mantra fooling the dumb and stupid.
There were several rounds of it and then they did the dumbest thing you could possibly think of. They bought out failed Nokia A PHONE COMPANY https://www.marketingweek.com/microsoft-compl … ia-acquisition/
and used those guys instead which is when Win 8 when to that metro crap. Win 8 was going to look nothing like it does now at one point it was just going to be a more user friendly Windows 7 but they went an entirely different direction after that. Beta builds of Windows 8 is a lot more like Win 7 but more stable. Since XP MS made things more and more hidden.
Topic: Recording "what you hear" using a Creative X-Fi on Vista (Read 28899 times)
As the forum thread mentioned: One of the greatest things they did and slowly crippled was 'Record What U Hear' which was enabled by default on all Windows up to Vista which with a few tweaks you could enable it like the forum thread said you had to manually enable it in a run around way: then it was entirely disabled on 7 which I THINK you could do some kind of registry hack on 7 to get it to come back but don't quote me on that, It may have been Vista that had that hack I get both confused. Anyways I was mad as a hornet's nest that day and almost threw out MS OS but I have emulators/programs that have Shanghai'd me to their OS that Linux either doesn't do or doesn't do very well.
That was just ONE of the many dumb $$$ things they did. If they had the compatibility people from back in the 9X days the transition to 64 bit would've been a lot smoother and likely not so many people would've jumped ship which is another story.
Kinda sad so many just want a computer to be a souped up video game console just to watch people's heads blow up which there is plenty of that going on in the world for real where people wonder if they will have a roof to sleep over their heads or have reliable electricity that won't be knocked out by terrorists: yet while over here we argue about gender identity politics and video game scores that teach us wrong stuff.