TONT 34783 你所说的那个叫『网站』的东西是什么?

原文链接:https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20050728-16/?p=34783

One reaction I’ve seen when people learn about all the compatibility work done in the Windows 95 kernel is to say,

当人们对 Windows 95 内核所作出的兼容性努力发表意见时,我所知的其中一条是:

Why not add code to the installer wizard [alas, page is now 404] which checks to see if you’re installing SimCity and, if so, informs you of a known design flaw, then asks you to visit Electronic Arts’ webpage for a patch?

为什么不在安装程序里加一行代码(可惜这个页面已经404了)(译注:所以这里就不再引用失效链接了),让它可以检测到你是不是正在安装《模拟城市》,如果是的话,就提醒你游戏里的bug,然后帮你打开EA的网站去下载补丁呢?

Let’s ignore the issue of the “installer wizard”; most people do not go through the Add and Remove Programs control panel to install programs, so any changes to that control panel wouldn’t have helped anyway.

这里我们先忽略『安装程序』这个说法,毕竟大多数人是不会跑到控制面板的『添加/删除程序』里去安装新应用的,所以对控制面板做出变动并没有什么帮助。

But what about detecting that you’re running SimCity and telling you to get a patch from Electronic Arts’ web site?

姑且说,系统能不能做到检测你开启了《模拟城市》,然后通知你去EA的网站上下载补丁呢?

Remember, this was 1993. Almost nobody had web sites. The big thing was the “Information Superhighway”. (Remember that? I don’t think it ever got built; the Internet sort of stole its thunder.) If you told somebody, “Go to Electronic Arts’ web site and download a patch”, you’d get a blank stare. What’s a “web site”? How do I access that from Prodigy? I don’t have a modem. Can you mail me their web site?

请记住,那是1993年,基本上没什么人开设了『网站』这种东西,那时候的热门话题叫『信息高速公路』。(还记得这个词吗?我反正没记得这东西建成了没有,『互联网』把它的风头全抢尽了。)如果那年头你跟别人说『去EA的网站上下个补丁』,得到的只能是一脸茫然:『网站』是嘛玩意?我怎么访问它?我家又没有调制解调器,你能把他们的网站寄给我吗?

In Windows XP, when Windows detects that you’re running a program with which it is fundamentally incompatible, you do get a pop-up window directing you to the company’s web site. But that’s because it’s now 2005 and even hermits living in caves have email addresses.

在 Windows XP 中,当 Windows 检测到你运行的程序存在完全不兼容的情况时,你的确会得到一项提示,将你导向开发这个软件的公司的网站。但这是因为这时已经是2005年了,就连住在山洞里的隐士都有电子邮件地址了。

In 1993, things were a little different.

而1993年的时候,事情可不太一样。

(Heck, even by 1995 things most people did not have Internet access and those few that did used modems. Requiring users to obtain Internet access in order to set the computer clock via NTP would have been rather presumptuous.)

(1995年的时候,大多数人都没法上网,而仅有的能上网的人倒的确都在用调制解调器。让用户上网就为了能通过NTP服务设置一下本机的时钟就更加扯淡了。)

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