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Chuck Guzis cclist at
Thu Aug 3 11:40:27 CDT 2006

On 8/3/2006 at 12:11 PM Roy J. Tellason wrote:

>A floppy driver?  Why?  This isn't making sense to me at the moment (gotta
>go get that second cup of coffee I guess...)

'Cause the OS says you have to.  There was a huge grumble of displeasure in
the NT community after MS assured developers that NT 4.0 kernel-mode
drivers would work just fine with 2K.  And they did--until RC1, when, just
a month or two before official launch, you discovered that you had to
implement the complete litany of power management services or you'd get a

I haven't even looked at Vista requirements yet--and probably won't until
Vista's released because MS is making the same claim "You can use XP
drivers on Vista".  Sometimes, it seems to me that OS software at Microsoft
is created as a sort of involuntary spasm.

But as to why software is buggy and complex, consider ACPI.  One of the
densest, most incomprehensible, violated-in-practice "standards" that
exists on the face of the planet.  Or, consider the way the already-complex
USB standard has "bloomed" since 1.0.


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