Monthly Archives: October 2012


In 1984, IBM briefly flirted with XENIX, Microsoft’s variant of UNIX licensed from AT&T. ¬†Around 1983-1984, Microsoft and Intel worked on porting XENIX to the 286 processor; Intel shipped XENIX with a number of its development systems in the mid-1980s. … Continue reading

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Xenix | 27 Comments

No comments in source code? Really?

A few weeks ago I came across an interview with an academic software researcher, now working for Microsoft. (Unfortunately the interview was in a non-English print publication, so I can’t link to it.) The interview was quite interesting, far better … Continue reading

Posted in Development | 14 Comments

Why Windows NT from October 1992 refuses to install on modern CPUs

Attempting to install the October 1992 pre-release on any CPU less than about 20 years old is likely to result in the following error message: This is similar to the behavior of the official Windows NT 3.1 and 3.5 releases, … Continue reading

Posted in Intel, NT | 15 Comments

Windows Update Fail

The other day I needed to update a server blade with Windows Server 2008 R2 installed on it. The system hadn’t been running for a while and now had about 100 updates available. I wasn’t looking forward to this as … Continue reading

Posted in Microsoft, Windows | 7 Comments