SAD News - Microsoft has Acquired SysInternals
03/01/2018 18:33
I just visited http://www.sysinternals.com and was greatly saddened to learn that they have been bought out by Microsoft. Whilst this is undoubtedly extremely good news for Microsoft, Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, it is very sad news for the end users because: 1. Mark and Bryce have been lost as independent voices, willing to speak the truth, even if it hurts Microsoft's reputation or bottom line.

2. You can be sure the SysInternals tools will soon disappear and development will become a Microsoft managed affair. (ie: slow and unresponsive)3. What tools do survive, rebadged as Microsoft, will most likely not be free and most likely be of inferior quality.

4. Specifically annoying to the NT4 community, you can BET YOUR LIFE that the tools will promptly get the standard Microsoft 'treatment' and will become 'XP only' utilities deliberately crippled to ensure they will work on no other platform :-( A VERY SAD DAY INDEED :-( I have made sure I have everything 'snap shotted' as it stand at this moment. I would suggest all other NT$ users who make use of these tools do likewise PDQ !! My only hope is that Mark may be able to talk some sense into MS in general and raise the quality standard of their code, it could certainly use it !! Calvin.


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03/01/2018 18:33 - </sarcasm on>You are Way behind; if you read the latest updates tothe sysinternals utilities; the fixes/enhancements aretargeted to Vista; and for quite some time every newversion i have downloaded is kaput re NT 4(at least i learned to keep a zip file of the old version before installing the new ...)e.g. the latetest autoruns V8.53http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.htmlruns; But is unable to Save or Compare resultsfrom the file menu; whereas all the older versionswere ok on NT 4 ...

</sarcasm off> Yes; suspect they were hired to try toget Vista running; last i heard it needed2GB of memory and 15GB of disk to run ...

(as well as a Special Vista-Vue video card to even see it ...) Btw; whilst Bloat-Ware eg 1.5MB downloadand 3.1MB .exe; at least the older 10.11version ofhttp://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.htmlis Really Invaluable; does all you wishtaskmanager did as well as replaces manyof the Resource Kit stuff ...

eg will show you what has been runningfor last 24 minutes, etc ...

:rod-- 110F here for last 2 days(thats 43.33333 Celsius for you in the Civilized world ...)

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03/01/2018 18:33 - I haven't had any real problems with any of Mark's utils up to current. At one stage a while back he accidentally managed to break process explorer on NT4. Clicking on the 'performance' tab in the 'properties' dialogue would cause a Dr. Watson error - but he corrected it when I pointed it out to him.

I've also helped him debug the 'Sync' command line util - which was unable to eject media under NT4 - now it does :-) There was also a problem with Autoruns at one stage with it failing to pick registry entries in the 'Winsock Providers' tab. Again, fixed when it was pointed out.

I actually asked Mark specifically if he would continue to support NT4. His response was: QUOTE: Here's the fix. It was an nt4-specific bug. I'll continue to support NT4 in only the cases where its easy.

I think we can safely assume that the Microsoft policy of NO support - under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES - for NT4 will flow over into the SysInternals tools and we can forget any further advancements.

A pity actually. I had asked for 2 more tools to be created, and they were seriously considering the proposal: 1. A tool to examine the System Call table and highlight any entry points which had been 'redirected' to outside the kernel region - ie: most likely hooked by external code, possibly a rootkit.

2. A tool to examine, report on, and optionally repair Setup.log in the epair folder to match the current contents of the machine. Setup.log is vital to run repairs on a machine. The CRCs held in this file for each .dll, .exe etc on the machine determine whether a repair or update process declares the file 'good' or 'damaged/altered'. Unfortunately a lot of processes fail to keep this Setup.log in good order, so chaos reigns come time for a repair or hotfix.

NOTE: IF anyone knows of tools that already exist that perform these tasks (ON NT4 !) please lets us know !! I suspect Mark will feel like a 'lone voice in the wilderness'. Even if Microsoft managed to totally turn around and make Vista the 'best ever' and really stable I suspect it may be too late for them. A lot of serious computing work is now done on other platforms and this is ground I don't think they will ever recover. I suspect in another decade Microsoft may well be a 'spent force'.

I think Microsoft have an extremely difficult 'sell' on their hands trying to persuade people to buy Vista. The fact that the hardware 'bar' has been set so high is a VERY strong dis-incentive for most people.

Sounds like Christmas day here in 2002 and 2003 - both times 44C+, and we'd planned a barbecue meal !!! Calvin.


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03/01/2018 18:33 - check the sysinternals grc.com posts inalt.comp.freeware where it was said: The GRC server has a single master ZIP of all utilities pulled from SysInternals earlier this morning. Anyone wishing to graba single *large* (21,713,059 byte) zip file containing theentire contents of the SysInternals files directory may do sohere: http://www.GRC.com/miscfiles/SysInternals_07_18_06.zip and later: I'm afraid Gibson has changed that file to only include that shorttextmessage listing the utilities. He must have been contacted bySysinternals OR MS and told to desist from distributing theirutilities. search for sysinternals grc.com in alt.comp.freewarehttp://groups.google.com/groups?q=Sysinternals+grc.com&start=0&scoring=d&safe=off&hl=en&num=15& to be fair; assume Everything known re NT 4 was discoveredmany years ago; one would expect any new versions/enhancementswould be directed to the newer OS XP64/Vista ..

(although i discover something new re NT 4 every day)(and i am not making this up; re the http://www.winsupersite.com/ or http://www.windowsitpro.com/ site; one of their newsletters said there will be 18 versions of Vista when it is released) :rod (day 11 of over 100F ie 37.77778 Celsius)

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03/01/2018 18:33 - Truly a doom-laden portent, if ever there was one. Methinks I'll go download all the latest versions soon, before they get the XP only -Correction, GENUINE Vista only =8-0 treatment.


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