Why you should always read the documentation

I was just prompted to install the latest update to PerfectDisk, the disk defragger that I use on my main PC. It’s a nice, well-behaved piece of software that does a much more thorough job than the built-in tool you get with Windows XP. It also appears to be developed by humans, rather than the Borg[1]. In the release notes that popped up on screen while the update was installing was this little gem:

Corrected a bug in the boot time defragmentation. PerfectDisk records the current time on shutdown and compares it to the system time at reboot. On Windows XP, Service Pack 2, the system time at reboot can be earlier then the system time at shutdown. Raxco was unaware that Microsoft was able to travel back in time.

[1] Not that I am in any way comparing any Microsoft employees to the Borg :yes:

2 thoughts on “Why you should always read the documentation

  1. John

    Actually they cant travel back in time, it is known as “Microsoft Time”, like the 2mb download that starts off at “90 Seconds” and ends up at “4832 minutes” closely followed by “5 Seconds” and then with the rip roaring classing when you get t0 99% “1week 6days 8hours 4minutes”.

    Microsoft Time doesnt follow the correct timeline, rather it has its own that it changes with each service pack.

  2. Les Post author

    I once had to move (well, copy as I was being paranoid) a rather large file (about 20GB, I think) from one disk to another on an NT4 server. Microsoft time assured me it would take about 20 minutes, and kept telling me that for the next three hours or so..

    Then there’s the Cisco VPN client installer, which sits at “3 seconds remaining” for a random time between one minute and around six months.

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