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Extra line breaks removed

Microsoft Outlook has had, for several versions now, a feature whereby it will remove “extra” line breaks when displaying messages. I have no idea why it does this. It seems to serve no purpose. Here we are at a point in the history of our planet when forests are disappearing, when ice caps are shrinking, when animals like tigers are on the verge of extinction. And Microsoft Outlook is doing its part by “conserving” extra line breaks.

Microsoft programmers: line breaks are digital. You can make as many of them as you want without harming the environment (directly). There is no need to conserve them. Be free with them. Be generous. Stop trying to reformat my email messages!!

Thank you.

(Ha! I’ve just “wasted” three line breaks. So there!)

Microsoft sucks!

This is no revelation. But we M$ products at work, and one which I use quite a bit is Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Source Safe. This morning, after compiling an application successfully, Visual Studio went bye-bye silently. No application exception, nothing in the event log. Nada. A reboot didn’t seem to fix the problem. I’ve narrowed down the problem to projects that are checked into Visual Source Safe. I can’t seem to open those projects, but projects that are not checked into revision control are accessible.

And yes, I checked the VSS server and I can get into that just fine.

This sucks becuase I was about to finish something up and get it published and check it off my list and move on to the next task. Now I’ve got to spend time I don’t have trying to figure out what the heck is going on!


UPDATE: It’s all working now, although it took a threat of setting my computer out to sea and praying for a hurricane to get it to cooperate. Incidentally, after I clicked the “Save Post” button on the initial post (when, in fact, I felt like screaming!), Tears For Fears, “Shout” came onto my iPod:

Shout, shout,
Let it all out.
These are the things
I can do without
Come on; I’m talking to you
Come on.

What a coincidence, eh?