[funsec] Vendors's DUMB question
drsollyp at drsolly.com
Sat Sep 9 14:01:19 CDT 2006
On Sat, 9 Sep 2006, Kevin McAleavey wrote:
> I'm almost embarassed to ask this one as we haven't had a corporate
> customer in EONS still using NT 3.x or 4.x on their networks, but
> figgered I'd put this out to others who deal with curmudgeon customers
> in hopes of finding out if there's still any "NT" users alive out there?
I still use NT 4. Because the MS backup [rogram that runs on NT4 is better
than those that came later. More importantly, it's *different*, and I want
to be able to restore several-year-old backups.
> Reason for the question is I maintain antimalware code that has
> retained a number of compatibilities going all the way back to WFW 3.11
> which out products STILL support. Secondary reason is that the only way
> to gather antimalware data from a victim (or potential victim) machine
> was the use of those almost useless PSAPI library calls since NT never
> supported the more modern IE-based "shill stuph." Over the years with
> Microsoft's varied divergences, keeping ONE executable that would run on
> "Windows ANYTHING" has gotten more and more complex. I'm thinking
> splitting off the code into separate 9x, NT-progeny (and thus the "NT
> question I ask) and of course 64 bit stuff which we're already handling
> as well.
> Code just keeps getting messier and messier. If there's like NO
> userbase left in the "NT world," then that allows me to do some serious
> axe-swinging and get rid of a lot of useless code in our software. But
> since I've been at this for ten years now and every time we'd polled
> customers in the past as to dropping "NT" code, we'd get "we still have
> people running that."
There's one right here, but I don't use your software.
> Is it STILL true? :(
> Kevin McAleavey at your service
> Privacy Software Corporation
> kevinmca at nsclean.com
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