February 21, 2004
Thanks to my friend Geoff Dalgas for pointing out this interesting article at kuro5hin.org, which analyzes the comments inside the recently leaked Microsoft Windows NT/2k code. Very amusing, with some surprising insights into the mindset of the coders working at Microsoft:
In the struggle to meet deadlines, I think pretty much all programmers have put in comments they might later regret, including swearwords and acerbic comments about other code or requirements. Also, any conscientious coder will put in prominent comments warning others about the trickier parts of the code. Comments like "UGLY TERRIBLE HACK" tend to indicate good code rather than bad: in bad code ugly terrible hacks are considered par for the course. It would therefore be both hypocritical and meaningless to go through the comments looking for embarrassments. But also fun, so let's go.
Posted by Jeff Atwood
No problem! Enjoy! But if you're going to take the time to point out my linkrot, why not point out a new, VALID link I can replace it with while you're at it. :)
Okay, call me insane and bored, but I'm reading your blog from the beginning ;-)
Just wanted to mention that the above link to mercurynews doe not work anoy more.
It this fucks up your list of last (relevant up-to-date) comments, just delete me.
Heh. Seems like I'm not the only one browsing through early posts (especially after the most recent post 'How To Achieve Ultimate Blog Success In One Easy Step').
Heh, yeah, it's funny, we're like a secret little group milling about in the darker corners of a museum checking out the relics while the masses enjoy the snazzy new exhibition(s) up front. Quiet back here isn't it. :)
Not as quite as one might think.
Wow. I thought I was the only one reading these old blog posts. Nice. :)
Old news is no news. Just when I thought I'd caught up to mercurynews, I got booted out.
Add me to this "L33T" group of people reading the OLD posts.
I'm here too... that's an interesting article, by the way. :D
Haha, hello all. You know for extra 1337N355, you can manually change the URL to get to the magical 000001.html!
This is what you get for appearing in a google tab...
did i win for most recent post? Been reading on the RSS for a couple of months now. Figured i would read the old stuff over the holidays and see how the blog has morphed.
i found something to do with the six hour or more dead time in our timezones!!! reading old posts. jeff, i really really enjoy your blog. your links and tips have enrichened my experience.
I would have to add my kudos as well. Most of these posts are useful. And the ones that aren't are at least entertaining.
I'm a fan of 000002.html. qwE^6@235 is my new "strong" password, shhh.
Apparently I'm not the only person on earth nerdy enough to read 4 year old blog posts :
Maybe we could form a Facebook group - the Coding Horror Historical Society. :)
Anyone have any insight as to if it's better to read backwards or farwards through blogs?
Definitely we computer people have the most odd behaviors. Yes I am reading this whole blog as well. From the beggining skipping what you dont care about its about the correct thing (reading backwards will have you jumping everywhere once the authors names one post in the way to the forgotten realms)
Also, I wonder How much I can learn reading Mr Atwood
Last post! (For the moment, at least.)
You're not the last post now! haha.
Just tried posting to 000001, but it errored, bummer, I was going to claim the 'Hacker No1' title...
Gonna add some comments in my own code now
What an interesting blog! I wish I'd discovered it earlier than a couple weeks ago, but I'm glad these old entires are still here so I can catch up!
I discovered your blog today at work, and here I am reading your backlog. Nice to meet the other lurkers as well!
This is awesome!!
Good stuff here, could use an index...
"we computer people have the most odd behaviors" - Draco
I didn't realise how insane I was until I read that. Thanks for slapping me in the face and reminding me to get back to something more productive.
Well, after I've written this comment explaining my current plan of action of course.
Ever since reading that article I started using labels "ugly terrible XXX" and "no good very bad" in my own code. We programmers are really a bunch of scary insane people.
Wow- are we still doing this? Just yesterday, no less!