Obscure and mildly amusing facts from the IT world
Welcome to the first episode (and hopefully the last episode) of obscure and mildly amusing facts from the IT world.
Visual C++ Redistributable
The digital distribution services like Steam and GOG are infamous for installing different versions of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable (VCRedist) with every video game. If you look at the list of installed software on your computer, there is a good chance you will find dozens of items titled “Microsoft Visual C++ #### Redistributable” where #### is number starting with 2005.
What they do not seem to know is that starting with Visual C++ 2015, Microsoft is publishing all versions of VCRedist in one package. Now there is one package to rule them, one package to find them, one package to bring them all, and in your computer bind them! (At least, that’s what Sauron from the Lord of the Rings would say.) You can download that one package from Microsoft Support website.
NVIDIA GeForce, version 342.01
Today, two graphic cards on two different computers suffered from failure. So, I pulled out two older graphics cards from the storage to get those computers running again. They both had the same GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 210. The last NVIDIA GeForce driver pack to support this GPU is version 342.01. However, according to the NVIDIA website, I had to download two different driver packages: 342.01-desktop-win10-64bit-international.exe and 342.01-desktop-win8-win7-winvista-64bit-international.exe.
I downloaded both files and compared them byte-by-byte. They were identical.