Edumacational "tools"



  • o working in a school, I come across some "interesting" software. Today was no exception of course. So I stuck the CD into my computer this morning, having been asked to take a look at it. The user had complained that it just comes up with an error about not being able to open index.html...

    The resulting minute or so went something like this:

    So I stick in the disk and go looking for a horribly broken index.html. But there isn't one. Next stop is the autorun.inf to try and see what it's doing...
    Uh oh... It's loading index.html from the root of the disk.
    Oh well, there's a "readme.txt" file... I'll open that.
    WTF?!?! Who made this disk? You can't just rename an RTF file to TXT and have it come out right!
    I copy the RTF TXT file off the disk and onto my desktop, rename it, and open it in Open Office...
    Oh sure, it tells me all about how to open the index.html file... And there's zero formatting anyway, so the RTF stuff was completely pointless!


    Fortunately there is very little on this particular disk, so I can go with trial and error with the 2 executable files in the "software" directory on it... But what is so hard about testing a CD before making hundreds of copies and distributing them?

    ED: Made your paragraphs as intended.  We all love CS too 🙂 -btk



  • @tin said:

    But what is so hard about testing a CD before making hundreds of copies and distributing them?
     

    The testing.

    Also, thinking appears to hurt many people, so they only do the bare minimum.



  • @tin said:

    You can't just rename an RTF file to TXT and have it come out right!
     

    I used to think hiding file extensions by default was one of Windows's most retarded features ever.

     

    I understand now. It's to preserve everyone else's sanity.



  • Was it an educational tool for teaching about troubleshooting stupid software? If so, I think it does a pretty good job. 🙂



  • @tin said:

    making hundreds of copies and distributing them
    Distributing CDs... how quaint


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