The Brilliance of M$

M$ and its fans are only too willing to tout the energy and excellence of M$’s work and products. How, then, does stuff like this happen?
Skype text messages I received have gone to another contact: “Few days ago one friend from my contact list has received few messages I had already received before from other my skype contact. It seemed these messages were sent by me. It is really confusing.”

Come to think of it, what on Earth is M$ doing that causes this behaviour? How does software relaying messages from one to another forward messages to a third party without direction from the user? Did they cripple the group chat stuff (extra cost) somehow and it escaped for the freebies? How do they get it to be random? That’s actually hard to do. You have to flip a coin at some point and how do you decide who the recipient will be? Is this the tip of some gigantic ice-berg?

Things like this just inspire confidence (sarcasm). Who will do e-mail with an outfit with such abilities? It’s as if they have emulated the old process of tossing paper envelopes into an array of pigeon holes and occasionally there is a miss… Brilliant. Do e-mail the same way you used to send envelopes, with your fingers crossed…

No doubt M$ has a patent on this technology. It’s so warm and fuzzy they will want to keep it away from Apple.

I recommend folks use Debian GNU/Linux. Those guys actually care where your messages go.

UPDATE There is an update on this story:“This issue occurs only when a user’s Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which may in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user”

Ooohh! Brilliant! The residues of that other OS’ early years when it was single-user and single-task and not networked reappear. Oh, and crashing, that’s the ticket…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to The Brilliance of M$

  1. Ivan says:

    Would you have whined about this if Microsoft hadn’t purchased Skype?

  2. Ted says:

    “The residues of that other OS’ early years when it was single-user and single-task and not networked reappear.”

    How may times do you have be shown that Windows NT (upon which all current versions of Windows are based) was multi-user and multi-tasking from DAY ONE for you to stop repeating this silly falsehood?

    “high-level-language-based, processor-independent, multiprocessing, multiuser operating system with features comparable to Unix. ”

    “NT supported Windows network protocols”

    “The full preemptive multitasking kernel could interrupt running tasks to schedule other tasks,”

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT

    And you really are one for throwing bricks in your glass house, aren’t you?

    Android sends texts to wrong recipient ; http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/google-will-deploy-fixes-android-sms-bug-soon-947

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