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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bug or Feature? Part 1 of ???

This is the first in an unknown number of posts about bugs vs features.  It was inspired by the following.

I was recently discussing XenDesktop with a co-worker and he mentioned a problem he was having with it.  He wasn't able to use XenDesktop with his multi-monitor setup at home, and had spent at least 30 minutes looking for a setting or flag to get this to work when he found this YouTube video.  90 seconds later, his problem was solved.  So the question is - Is this "fix" for multi-monitors in XenDesktop a bug or a feature?

Another example of this is my personal favorite, from ancient times when it comes to technology and software.  In Microsoft FrontPage 98 (a web page design program, before they was common place and readily available on the interwebs), a user could essentially format the C: drive of the computer they were working on inside the program itself, by doing some file management, selecting all the files & folders on the C: drive, and deleting them.  There was no warning box, no confirmation window, nothing to prevent this from happening.  When brought to Microsoft's attention, people were told that file management was a 'feature' of FrontPage 98.  A 'feature', indeed. :)