March 16th, 2003

somber

'Scuse me, while I goth this out

Would you lose all respect for me if I told you that I could occasionally be found, late at night, drinking coffee in a Waffle House finishing a paperback and blinking a quiet tear or two out of my eye that (probably) nobody else can see?

That wasn't exactly the plan tonight - Waffle House, sure, paperback, mmm hm... quiet tears? Well, those aren't exactly something you plan. But the older I get, the more likely I seem to be to get that lump in the throat, that faint brimming. I suppose it's a weird sort of karmic balance that with the extra years also comes the emotional judo that keeps the sort of raw sobbing that I so hated as a child and a teenager from ever happening, even if there's a far more appropriate reason for it than a touching moment in a paperback novel.

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More on the "Microsoft Sucks" front

There's a fucking ENORMOUS memory leak in Windows Messenger under XP. I still haven't gotten around to slicking and reloading my laptop with Win2K, and tonight I discovered it was behaving sluggishly and extremely oddly, so I went digging - even though it had 260MB of its 512MB of physical RAM free, it had worked its way up to the absolute maximum Commit charge (combination of RAM used and swap file used) of 1.5 GB, with 1.28GB active in the swap file. Wtf?

Did a little looking at active processes, and they all added up to little more than 300MB. Again, wtf?

Started killing off everything one by one - Outlook Express, then all Internet Explorer windows, then all Windows Explorer windows, then AIM... still got more than a gig of swap file active. Hasn't made a dent. Tried to close Windows Messenger - it blinged pleasantly at me and kept telling me that it couldn't be closed because Internet Explorer or Outlook Express was using it. Which was bullshit. So I killed its process from the Task Manager - BOOM, there we go, the total commit charge drops to well under 300MB.

In less than ten days, that "Messenger" piece of shit leaked a GIGABYTE of memory... and managed to do so when I wasn't even USING it. (I was signed in but "away" and sent and received no messages whatsoever during that time.) Even more disturbingly, although it was occupying more than a gigabyte, XP's Task Manager only reported about 8MB as allocated to the process.

Greeeeeeeaaaaat. Another outstanding coding job on "A core XP technology!", Redmond.

Update: I just now discovered that although Messenger whines frantically and says you can't close it if you're running Outlook Express because OE neeeeds it... Outlook Express still runs just jim-dandy FINE if you manually kill off Messenger from the Task Manager. Interesting. More of the usual Microsoft "they'll use it if we convince them they can't get rid of it" marketing techniques, I suppose... like when they stroked their chins and told the Department of Justice that Internet Explorer "couldn't be removed" from Windows 98, at which point a SINGLE INDIVIDUAL without access to the Windows source code promptly jumped in and diked it out. (See http://www.litepc.com/98lite.html if you're not already familiar with what I'm talking about re:removing Internet Explorer from Windows entirely.)
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