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kstaron
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11/20/2014 | 9:41:15 AM
Flashback
I remember trying to find my way around the college BBS and finally getting my own (used) computer so I didn't have to use the ones in the lab. I think my mom got one of the AOL emails at about that time too. Now I'm getting nostalgic, I mean remember when we had the patience to sit through a 2 minute title sequence while watching the character's mouth move and a song played over top?

That's a long time for a bug to go undetected, and let's hope it was never exploited, or people and businesses could have been compromised for the last 19 years.
SaneIT
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11/18/2014 | 7:35:34 AM
Old bugs never die
I know there is mention that the bug was never exploited but do we know that for sure?  

I know what I was doing at the time, I was just getting started in IT doing support for a very large company on their R&D team.  Speaking of Windows 95 my most painful memory of Windows 95 was installing the Japanese version on an IBM Thinkpad via a stack of floppies (I don't speak or read Japanese).  Luckily I got it going simply because I had installed Win 95 so many times I could guess what the setup menu was asking. 

 
Technocrati
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11/17/2014 | 12:28:31 AM
What a Difference A Year Makes....

When I think about this bug and the patch that took 19 years to apply,  I can only wonder why they didn't wait one more year to make it an even 20 ?    And then re-release it as a limited edition?   Good Work MS, I always knew you could do it.

As far as 1995 is concerned, don't remember much I guess it was good. : )   What I found really cool was to see that clip of Katie Couric and  Bryant Gumbel and to hear them discuss just what is this thing called the "Internet" ?      

 Man, We have come a long way and apparently so has MS.

PedroGonzales
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11/16/2014 | 9:21:55 PM
Re: Microsoft Patches Bug Old Enough To Vote
I feel very honored to have the opportunity to have discussion with someone who rub shoulder with famous people like Coolio, way a go Susan.  I remember someone was telling me how they could chat with people from different places, which was the internet at that time. I remember the beeper was the technology to have at that time.
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11/15/2014 | 2:36:24 PM
Re: Microsoft Patches Bug Old Enough To Vote
The MSFT Bug is old enough to vote, but not old enough to be served alcohol! 

 

Nice to see MSFT is in it to win it. Let's not forget that it's ALL still a DOS-based system for the PCs...

 

In 1995 I think I was running CHKDSK for a user.

 

 
zerox203
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11/14/2014 | 4:45:02 PM
Re: Microsoft Patches Bug Old Enough To Vote
It bears mentioning that this is especially unique not just in that we're talking about a 19-year-old bug, but that we're talking about a 19-year-old bug in Windows, probably the most used software in the world. No doubt there are plenty of bugs in software from 1995 that will never see the light of day even when the fossilized remains of their physical media are dug up in the year 2155, but windows... well, as impactnow says, there's a serious lesson in their about the nature of software bugs and vulnerabilities. A lot of times, we're talking about random chance whether these will be found or fixed. We may spent tons of time fixing something that will never be exploiting, or no time fixing something that breaks our software.

As for what I was doing in 1995... well, I suspect I have the reverse problem of a lot of people in this field. I'll end up dating myself, but not by revealing how old I am. Let's just say I was probably playing Super Mario World (which, to be honest, I think might hold up today a lot better than Gangsta's Paradise). I didn't get access to the internet or a decent computer until much later on in life. Maybe my piecemeal interaction with it during that explosive time of growth is what still keeps me in awe of it to this day. Not as much in awe as I am of that picture of Susan, of course...
TerryB
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11/14/2014 | 1:50:14 PM
Was the bug...
what causes you to reboot Windows everytime you want to use it? That explains everything!

Nice article Dave but highlight definitely Susan. Nice to know IT is far more exciting than hanging with rock stars. In Coolio's case, I use that term loosely. :-)

I think I actually started interacting with Windows machines in 1995. Being a IBM mainframe/midrange ERP guy and developer, I had little use for those kiddie toys. But that was about the time connecting Excel to server data was coming into vogue. And I moved to Green Bay with my job, joining Brett Favre to push the Packers to their first world title since the 60's. So why am I still a Bengals fan? Ugh.
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11/14/2014 | 12:57:36 PM
Party like it's...1995
I was still in school in 1995. I remember AOL and its gated Interweb. I should have been taking computer science classes in 1995 but I wasn't. Instead, I was taking a business computer class that wasn't challenging at all. 

I remember working on a Windows 95 computer. It was such a great leap from 3.1. I was impressed with the new layout and happy the machine could boot into Windows without any additional help from me. :)

1995 Susan - You were so cool!
impactnow
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11/14/2014 | 12:25:10 PM
Let sleeping bugs lie...

 

Dave sadly I wasn't doing anything as cool as meeting Coolio in 1995—Susan I love the fashion statement as well!

Seriously though it shows that bugs can exist and still coexist with functioning viable software. The process of prioritizing bugs for fix is part experience and part magic because you never know when one of those low priority bugs will interact with a third party release and wreak havoc on your software.There are also very latent bugs that require lots of time and resources to fix and really yield little or no benefit so they are better left until the fix is required by other implications.



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