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An error you shouldn't see in this day and age

Here is one way to instantly get your software knocked of my list of programs I use...

Last night, I was going to check out a free schematic and PCB design program I'd heard about called WinQcad.  My usual process for testing out some new software is to first install it in a virtual machine under Windows XP just to see whether or not I like.  Then I will sometimes install it under a Vista virtual machine to make sure it is compatible (it compatibility is in question).  Then if I like it, and it works on Vista, I install it on my actual PC.

So last night, I go to install WinQcad on my XP virtual machine.  By default, it wants to install to C:\WinQcad.  No thanks, I prefer to not put programs in the root... I prefer the Program Files folder.  So I change it to "C:\Program Files\WinQcad".  It installs fine, but then when I go to run it, I get this little message:

This is absolutely ridiculous.  First of all, spaces in file names and folder names has been common place since Windows 95.  Even more, the Program Files is widely considered the default install location, and has been since it came about in Windows 95.  That was 11 years ago.  Come on!  If you haven't taken the time to updated your application to work with commonly accepted norm that is 11 years old, why should I take the time to even try out your software?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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