Other GUI oddities page 6
I’ve long since given away my Acorn Archimedes, and barely used it, so I don’t know if the following is an artefact of emulation (and the RedSquirrel Tools for emulation support) or a huge bug in the operating system itself, but this meaningless dialog pops up quite often:
QuickTime 6 has some intriguing format support. Take an image, any image:
Save the image to both PICT and PNG formats, and zoom each copy in PictureViewer:
For reasons unknown, PictureViewer uses different enlargement algorithms for each format: resize for PICT and resample for PNG.
Since around Windows 2000, Microsoft gave everyone a places bar in common file dialogs. For convenience, they made it extremely awkward to choose what goes in that bar, and non-privileged users are banned from making the change even with TweakUI.
I set one of the items on my laptop’s places bar to \\SPIRE (my desktop computer, always running) which proved not to be 100% reliable:
Note that the first of the two still uses Windows 2000 toolbar buttons, a peculiarity of the endlessly poor customisation of Open and Save dialogs.
Radmin Viewer 3 with a very helpful tooltip:
I once observed that, in Task Manager, all the statistics fields are “editable” Unicode fields. You can see that I have already marked two of them as right-to-left and back (upsetting the alignment) and I can also ask it to insert Unicode special characters, although it won’t obey:
In fact this is a standard Windows issue, due to the use of read-only text boxes to facilitate selectable text. For some reason, the Unicode context menu items are never hidden:
Here is another read-only text box still with its standard border, demonstrating the behaviour: