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Live Messenger Team: no connectivity popups!

I’ve been seeing lots of problems with Live Messenger connectivity lately.  I see this message a lot:


I don’t ever want Live Messenger to interrupt my work with that dialog.

If connectivity fails, use a notification balloon, or better yet, do nothing.  The red X on the tray icon already signifies trouble.  Let me drill down to find out more info.  This is a bad design decision.

If I dismiss the dialog, it will happen again.  And if I don’t dismiss it?  Well,

I left my machine from 9pm till 11am today and found my taskbar full:


Apparently Live Messenger thinks it is so important that I can’t connect that it needs to keep telling me.  Or at least telling the task bar.  This is a bug.

Live Messenger Team:  Please fix this.  I’m sure several of your myriad guidelines for Windows developers eschews any and all of this behavior. 

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Double Blue Screen of Death

Pretty much the opposite of Double Happiness, John and Dan just got the Double Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) within 30-seconds of each other.

Grabbing some coffee and chatting to John, I saw the whole thing.  Here is what happened.

  • Some months ago, Dan tried to share a folder with John using Windows Live Messenger.
  • John had Windows Messenger, so nothing happened.
  • Windows Messenger has been crashing for John, so today he upgraded to Windows Live Messenger.
  • First thing it does is notice that Dan has offered to share a folder with him.
  • He says, “Sure, I’ll share a folder with you, Dan.”
  • Dan says, “What?” — he doesn’t remember this.
  • Then, John gets the BSOD.
  • Dan and I kind of laugh about it.  Losing your work is no laughing matter, but we laughed just the same.
  • Then Dan gets it too.

While writing this, John got another BSOD.  Making that a Triple Blue Screen of Death (or a Hat Trick of Death, the HTOD).

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