We hide error reports from our software

By Kathleen Atkins

You’d be surprised how often software is conscious and has intentions — at least in the minds of its users.

Most of us don’t name our computers — though many, many people have been overheard talking to their machines and not always dispassionately. Recently, Lounge member New Lounger wrote about the puzzling behavior of Windows Live Mail. WLM works like a charm, he reported, but only when New Lounger “grabs the error report window and moves it out of sight.” Out of sight of his mail program, presumably.

If New Lounger carries on a proper conversation with his computer via the designated dialog box, WLM simply stops working, stops talking, goes on strike. Still, labor negotiations with WLM are ongoing in the Lounge. More»

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions to which you might be able to provide responses:

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About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.