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Happy birthday, Microsoft Money: Here’s a cashpoint calamity for Windows and .NET

Bork!Bork!Bork! Bork – our column of reader-submitted sad shows – is celebrating 30 years of Microsoft Money this month with an instance of why Windows, .NET and ATMs don’t make good bedfellows.

Spotted by Register reader Sam Thompson within the pleasant UK metropolis of York (dwelling of the Jorvik Viking Centre and the wonderful National Railway Museum), the one factor being disbursed by this money dispenser is the best Microsoft-infused bork.

ATM Bork

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“When I first noticed it a number of weeks in the past,” Thompson instructed us, “there have been just a few cascaded dialogs, now there are a lot of – it appears they’re now simply showing on high of themselves.”

It would appear it was the results of both a panicked administrator or, extra possible, a script operating and failing again and again.

Thompson was brave sufficient to prod on the stricken machine and reported: “Surprisingly sufficient, it nonetheless works, if you happen to can appropriately guess which buttons to press – the interface is considerably obscured.”

Indeed it’s. Microsoft’s nice hope for programming, .NET, shouldn’t be having day. mscorwks.dll is, we consider, a comparatively key little bit of the frequent runtime library and an lack of ability to load it has left .NET in misery. Then once more, if model 2.0 of .NET is really in use, then we suspect that the unlucky administrator behind the scenes has all types of different issues on their arms. And these dialogs carry a definite whiff of the long-obsolete Windows 2000 about them.

  • Microsoft abolishes Money
  • A most uncivil show in New York’s Civil Court
  • Remember 2013? This espresso machine does: If I may flip again time – I’d reboot this PC
  • G’day mate, I’ll take two tinnies, a packet of Tim Tams, some Vegemite, and a bork

Thompson did his personal little bit of sleuthing and famous: “Interestingly, once I first noticed it there have been solely SilentCmd errors.”

“SilentCmd,” he added, “is a device that permits batch information to run with out opening a terminal, e.g. from job scheduler.”

The Microsoft merchandise in use have clearly doubled down on issues, and Thompson noticed: “More lately, it appears .NET has bitten the mud in a distinct and thrilling method.”

It is without delay a reminder that one thing as hefty as Windows and .NET is a bit extreme for a humble cashpoint and, we hope, maybe a celebration of that a lot missed finance package deal, Microsoft Money.

Launched in 1991 earlier than a closing retail launch some 16 years later, adopted by a culling in 2009, the product was a neat device. While it might linger on these days within the type of an Excel template for US Microsoft 365 customers, we will consider no higher method of celebrating its anniversary than with a borked cashpoint in York. ®

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