23 Jan 2007, 03:42

That’s not what I had in mind

Here’s a fun fact: If you start to shut down Windows XP and then realize “Wait, no, I meant to Hibernate!” you may still have time to bring up the shut down menu again and select Hibernate. It will then appear that the system goes into hibernation instead of shutting down. However, when you restore from hibernation you will find that it didn’t go into hibernation instead of shutting down, it just went into hibernation while shutting down and will continue to complete the shut down process very shortly thereafter. I guess this technically makes sense as hibernation is supposed to restore your system to the exact state it was in at the time. It doesn’t necessarily seem to be the best way to handle this case though. I have a feeling that would fall into the “Well, we didn’t think any sane user would do that” class of design decisions/omissions, I’m choosing instead to attribute it as an act of malice directed specifically at me, as improbable as that may be. Do what I mean and not what I say, computer!


Comment by Dan Thill on 2007-01-22 21:21:55 +0000

Do what I mean and not what I say, computer!

For that, you need a Mac 😉