I'm really sick of this "backward
crap. That's been one of Windows biggest problems for years. Microsoft feels
they have to include
all this ancient code for that
very reason. The result? A an OS that’s less stable than it
In that regard, Vista is a big
But they could have gone even farther. For crying out loud, when
Apple introduced OS
X, it immediately rendered all pre-OS X apps obsolete and unusable. The
only way to run them was in “classic”
mode (emulation). It
pretty much forced
Mac users to upgrade their applications if they wanted any decent
performance out of them..
They bitched about it, but the end
result was a much more stable OS than XP was at the time (or has ever
It gets to a point where it's
time to move on.
For crying out loud, a guy in the Vista
newsgroup recently asked about
compatibility with a DOS app (!).
Give me a friggin break.
If you want to use your old/ancient apps, then stick with
Oh and regarding your question as to
what Vista has over XP? Plenty. If it
didn't, you'd not be reading this now.
I see that statement so often and I
wonder why. Vista and it's new features have been
covered extensively in the press for the past two years.
And the last time a guy asked that
question, I sent him to
the best possible (and logical) place to get his answer.
Why he didn't think of that to begin
with is beyond me.
As far as my frustration goes, the fact remains that .hlp files
date back to Windows 3.1(!)
. The vast majority of help files in
Windows apps (dating back to at least
are in the .chm
format. And in some cases, newer XML format.
And it shows. When I viewed any .hlp files in XP they looked like crap
( "out of place" if you will.)/
I can't believe that any developer writing Windows software in the past
5 years is still relying on them.
As far as Semagic alternatives go, there
that I'm aware of. In fact, I've not found any Windows client that's
anywhere near as good or as well maintained (save for the .hlp
situation) as Semagic. The other two LJ
haven't been updated in several years.
In the meantime, I guess I'll just go back to Nvu
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