Flutterby™! : Office Install

Next unread comment / Catchup all unread comments User Account Info | Logout | XML/Pilot/etc versions | Long version (with comments) | Weblog archives | Site Map | | Browse Topics

Office Install

2001-11-28 18:13:02+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Coworker doing reinstall/fix of Microsoft Office 2000. Progress bar is actually going forwards, then backwards, then forwards again. Interpretation of this data left to the reader.

[ related topics: Humor Microsoft moron ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2001-11-28 20:32:10+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

I've been seeing this alot lately. I'm not sure what it's been trying to tell me, but every installation of Mozilla (on Win98) has this same wacky progress bar activity. I've also seen it more recently on some 'nix/X products - although I can't think of which ones off hand.

Wait... StarOffice was the last to do it. I just assumed it was some X widget.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:26+00 by: petronius

This sounds easy. As the install program runs it runs scripts to install files and judges its progress on that. As the next segment is called up, new files are listed,and it reasseses the time left. It's like those "Download complete in X:00 minutes" lines that jump from 8 to 99 and back, based on traffic online. If things get tight for a moment, it recalculates and tells you the download will be finished sometime after the free trail period expires...sometimes computers give us way too much information.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:27+00 by: Shawn

That I would understand, but that's not what's happening (at least to me anyway - I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the MS Office incident). What I see happening is that at some point the progress bar completely detaches itself from the left-hand side. And for the remainder of the install I'm treated to an inch-long (or thereabouts) progress bar bouncing back and forth from edge to edge at variable speeds.