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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Negligence: Data Corruption™ Server Needs Guinea Pigs

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Negligence: Data Corruption™ Server Needs Guinea Pigs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 04:18:22 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft needs Windows Home Server test dummies

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| Microsoft is looking for Windows Home Server guinea pigs to test a public 
| beta of a patch to a major corruption bug that has blighted the product since 
| late last year.  
| The bug, which corrupts data on a number of well-known Microsoft and 
| third-party apps when the programs are used to edit or transfer files in the 
| firm’s latest server operating system for the low-end, home user market, 
| first reared its ugly head in December.   


This is a /mess/ [5]. They knowingly sell a broken product that shreds files
[6], without fix for almost a year [4]. When they did this with XBox, people
actually died [3] (arguably) and houses burned for a fact [1,2]. Windows XP
SP3 had similar issues [7,8].


[1] Xbox 360 burns house down

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| An Xbox 360 has allegedly caused over $100,000 (£50,000/€62,000) worth of 
| damage to an US gamer’s house, after the console’s power brick caught fire. 


[2] Bill Gates May Have to Testify In Xbox Fire Case

,----[ Quote ]
| The lawyer for the family of a teenage girl who was horribly burned in a 
| house fire allegedly sparked by a faulty Xbox game console is threatening to 
| have Microsoft chairman Bill Gates testify about the safety of his company's 
| offshore manufacturing practices.   


[3] http://slated.org/microsoft_kills_baby

[4] Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix

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| Microsoft has admitted that it will not deliver a fix to a Windows Home
| Server data corruption bug it first discovered late last year until June at
|                                                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the earliest.
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^


[5] Microsoft Pulls Windows Home Server Backup Feature

,----[ Quote ]
| The We Got Served blog cited several messages on the Windows Home Server
| (WHS) support forum from Power Pack 1 beta testers who claimed server-wide
| backup had been ditched because of difficult-to-solve bugs.


[6] Stay Away from Home Server Day Care

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| The problem is fundamental in several ways. Data corruption or deletion
| occurs "when certain programs are used to edit or transfer files that are
| stored on a Windows Home Server-based computer that has more than one hard
| drive," according to the Microsoft support document. So, the problems are
| with file copying and data storage—both fundamental features—and occurring in
| the likeliest of scenarios: Multiple hard drives. Surely Microsoft must have
| known that the earliest adopters would be enthusiasts?
| Nine programs are associated with the data problems, seven of them from
| Microsoft.


Data Corruption Bug - List of Potential Applications Affected Grows

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| In summary, Microsoft has reproduced the bug successfully with the following
| applications:
|     * Windows Vista Photo Gallery
|     * Windows Live Photo Gallery
|     * Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
|     * Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
|     * Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
|     * Microsoft Money 2007
|     * SyncToy 2.0 Beta
|     * Intuit QuickBooks
|     * uTorrent
| Home Server users have reported the issue occurring with the following list
| of applications:
|     * Photoshop Elements
|     * Zune Software
|     * Apple iTunes
|     * TagScanner
|     * Mozilla Thunderbird
|     * Adobe Lightroom
|     * Intuit QuickenMS Digital Image Library
|     * MP3BookHelper
|     * ACDSee
|     * WinAmp
|     * Windows Media Player 11
|     * Microsoft Office Excel
|     * Visual DataFlex
| So, to put this in perspective, the list of potential applications affected
| is growing.


News Briefs: 1-17-08

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| Windows Home Server Anti-evangelism. Microsoft technical evangelist Volker
| Will is really unhappy about Windows Home Server. I'm a big fan of the
| product marketing, but Will's anti-endorsement has me wondering about getting
| a HP MediaSmart Server as planned.


Windows Home Server bug corrupts files

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| Given that the point of Windows Home Server is to allow you to store
| your media files, a bug in the storage process that could result in
| corrupted files is bound to get attention.
| Microsoft has issued a support document for the 13 or so (just
| kidding) people using Windows Home Server, the company's latest
| product for those attempting to build the digital home of the future.
| Apparently there's a flaw in the way Windows Home Server works with
| certain Microsoft applications, such as Windows Vista Photo Gallery,
| that could result in corrupted files if you use those applications to
| save files to the server. A list of the specific applications can be
| found in the support document.


[7] Windows XP SP3 still officially AWOL, but can be found on BitTorrent,
Microsoft servers

,----[ Quote ]
| On Tuesday, in a low-key announcement on a support newsgroup, Microsoft said
|                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| it would delay the release of XP SP3 because of data corruption issues
|                                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| between the updated operating system and its retail point-of-sale software.


[8] XP change corrupts data, hamstrings SP3 rollout

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| A Microsoft spokeswoman on Wednesday acknowledged that the same problems
| affected Dynamics RMS users running XP SP3.  



Welcome to the Ubuntu Home Server Project

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| Ubuntu Home Server (UHS) will be an edition of the Ubuntu operating system
| which allows users to administer their home network.  


Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

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| Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home
| Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and
| enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really
| just a vanilla file server.  


Will bad backups doom Windows Home Server?

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| Microsoft just announced it's working on Windows Home Server, which
| among other features, will automatically back up files on all PCs in
| the home. But if the product uses the same kind of brain-dead backup
| built into Windows Vista, this is a product that will be dead on arrival.
| The backup tool built into Windows Vista may be the worst utility
| every packed into an operating system. It doesn't allow you to back
| up individual files, folders or even file types. Instead, you have to
| back up every single file and folder of broad generic types.
| For example, if you want to back up a single picture, you have to back
| up every single graphic of every graphic file type on your entire PC,
| including all the graphics that Vista itself uses. This means you can
| be forced to back up hundreds of gigabytes of files if you only want
| to back up a few family photos.


,----[ Quote ]
| In an entry on the Home Server blog, program manager Chris Sullivan
| said that the group has received nearly 2,400 bug reports so far from
| beta testers, and still had 495, or about 21% of the total, classified
| as "active."


Will Windows Home Server be Microsoft’s next flop?

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| If you buy-off on the theory that the world seems to be heading in the
| opposite direction that Microsoft wants to lead it, then you can’t help but
| wonder what the long term prospects for an offering like Windows Home Server
| are. Not good, if you ask me.  


HP offers Linux home server

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| HP has unveiled a Linux-based home media server at half the price of its
| Microsoft-based MediaSmart model.


HP Media Vault 2100 Linux Server Reviewed: One Kick-Ass Little Penguin

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| In the end, this product isn't just another NAS, but a bold statement that HP
| is making, that it doesn't have to be saddled by the rough riders of Redmond
| when it can build (license?) its own practically identical box at a lower
| cost. Now I know that there are some things that you can only do with a
| PC-like server running a full OS, but honestly, what are they? I mean, do
| most people, even die-hard server-needers, give a crap? I want to know from
| you folks: Why bother with Windows Home Server when the Linux-based
| alternatives are on the surface equally friendly, equally powerful and—oh
| yeah—half the cost?        

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