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I run a VM on my Windows 7 laptop - allows me to run older development tools requiring Windows Xp. I just use the Microsoft supplied VM, but it's getting creaky, and I'm getting curious about other solutions.
Any recommendations? Your favorites? Any that you use or tried to use and made you cuss?
Charlie Gilley <italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783 “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
VMWare Workstation is what I'm using right now. Since it started allowing for shared VMs to be be ran as a service like VMWare Server, I've been digging it. So now I have my web development server and client development PC on the same box.
I use Hyper-V for Linux and Windows VM's and VirtualBox for Mac OS/X and Windows VM's...I don't find the Linux under VirtualBox perform as well as under Hyper-V...though it's been a while since I tested that, it might have improved since then.
I've actually got DOS working in a Hyper-V VM too...good times!
Nagy posted a thread about software he wrote from twenty years ago that still ran years later and it got me thinking.
I wrote some code for a British Aircraft Company (that shall remain nameless) in 1982, supported and enhanced it until 1984 and then stupidly got a job at a (mind-numbing) insurance company just because they paid 50% more than I was on at the most exciting job I ever had. It was an expert system for automatic test-flight (jet fighters whizzing past outside my office all the time) analysis that they estimated saved them over £10,000,000 per year and converted six weeks of analysis into a 4-hour computer job allowing eventually more than one test flight per day. I had created it from my own ideas, staying late on my own time to initially develop the prototype and proof of concept. When I resigned to take the much higher paid job they offered me a double promotion (meaningless because union rules had created about 27 layers - even though I wasn't in the union I was still stuck with their stupid rules) and £250 per annum pay raise to stay on! I didn't.
...but I digressed into bitterness and regret. The real point is that they still used that software, unchanged, for nearly 11 years after I left the company.
Another company I worked for is still selling some automation software I developed almost single-handedly, practically unchanged. I left that company in early 2003 so it is another 11 year run - and still running!
How many times, and for how long has software you have written continued to run after you personally stopped supporting it and/or left the company that you developed it at. I am not looking for company software you worked on in a team, but software that you designed and wrote the vast majority of that was commercially used by your company or sold?
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
While I don't know how long it was ultimately in use, I ran into a former boss about 4 years after leaving a job where I had single-handedly written the system that allowed them to move their software product to a (totally different) stable hardware platform without giving up the original development environment. This involved writing a terminal emulator that allowed decompilations to be saved, a cross-decompiler for the virtual machine object files, and a new runtime on the other hardware platform - plus optimization during the cross-decompilation.
He mentioned that there was only 1 known bug which had an easy workaround and that they still depended on it for their main product.
According to my calculations, I should be able to retire about 5 years after I die.
I wrote a sales lead tracking (early CRM) system for internal use back in the mid-80's. FoxPro for DOS based, multi-user, standard reports as well as user created custom reports. Stopped maintaining it approximately 1987-88. They ran it until 2003 - despite the Y2K issues.
I wrote a machine control application (HMI / machine logic / geometry input / axis motion & interpolation) for a multi-spindle drilling machine. Last updated in 2004. Over 150 of these machines currently running in the field. Only problem is that it is Windows XP only! Cannot easily be ported to Windows 7 or higher.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
Well I had written code related to mainframes federation in 2007. Initially it was suppose to be a temporary fix but they are still using it about 7 years after. Considering they had planned it as a temporary thing I'll say it a long time.
When I started to work with at my current company (in 1997) my first job was to develop a state-of-the art (then at least) report creator, that enables to every user to dynamically create reports on the fly...I used C++, Pervasive SQL (over BTRIEVE) and a lot of DOS...It's still in use with a few of our customers, that decided not to upgrade to the Windows based version (it's cost money). It makes it 17 years...
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