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Black Box To Unravel PC Crash Mysteries

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If certain applications send your PC smoldering into a crash landing, Microsoft will offer a “black box” to retrieve in-flight information.

Using the recent Seattle Windows Hardware Engineering Conference as a platform for featuring the long anticipated Windows OS update (code-named, Longhorn), Bill Gates described the next generation of the already in place Watson error-reporting mechanism.

The Watson device is currently used in Windows, allowing error reports to be sent when a program crashes. It is limited, however, by the volume of information sent to Microsoft and further limited by non-specific responses.

The new mechanism will work like an aircraft’s black box, said Gates, allowing detailed information like which programs were running at the time of the error and the contents of documents that were being created.

Privacy concerns were not left unaddressed though, as the black box allows users to edit what information is being sent to Microsoft.

This would not, however, prevent employers from being able to see a list of websites visited, videos running, or contents of IM’s being sent.

Black Box To Unravel PC Crash Mysteries
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