Flash Player 64-bit installer defeats its purpose

Adobe Systems has recently released a 64-bit version of Adobe Flash Player for x64 processors.(There is still no 64-bit version for IA-64 platform. No surprise there.) The 64-bit installer installs both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Adobe Flash on x64 versions of Windows. (It should. After all, 32-bit software are also supposed to work onContinue reading “Flash Player 64-bit installer defeats its purpose”

Question: The most important “system requirement”

Computer software often do not work on all hardware or operating systems. Each computer program has certain system requirements. Users must make sure those system requirements are in place if they wish to have a smooth experience. Now, I have a question for software developers. Which piece of system requirement is the most important inContinue reading “Question: The most important “system requirement””

IT World accuses Windows 8 of feature theft

Update (16 July 2019): New local laws require that I revise this article, so as not be “casting aspersions”. On 9 February 2012, IT Word published an article titled “Eight features Windows 8 borrowed from Linux” which accuses the still-unreleased Windows 8 of feature theft. (The very first sentence of this article has the wordContinue reading “IT World accuses Windows 8 of feature theft”

Microsoft Security Essentials: Why jump from 2 to 4?

Previously, I mentioned that Microsoft Security Essentials v4.0 is on its way, though there is no version 3.0. Well, I think I discovered the reason behind the version hop. Here are two screenshots from About dialog boxes of Microsoft Security Essentials v2.1 on Windows 7 and Microsoft Security Essentials v4.0 Beta on Windows XP, whichContinue reading “Microsoft Security Essentials: Why jump from 2 to 4?”

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X: Hacking the tactical map

If you have been following my previous posts, you know that I play Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X, an arcade combat flight simulator by Ubisoft. Despite all its greatness, the game suffers from a low-performance scripting engine, which perform poorly, even on my current computer, which is equipped with a very powerful Intel Core i7 CPU. (MyContinue reading “Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X: Hacking the tactical map”