Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Really annoying Live Messenger bug

I guess we all know those weeks where everything seems to break down at the same time.....Harddisk recorder stops recording, light bulbs burst, car smells / sound unhealthy, tax authorities make a mistake that costs you a bundle, emails gets lost - and whichever direction you're driving there seems to be a traffic jam. For some obscure reason these weeks always happen at the most inconvenient times - and always several problems at the same time.

This week is so far proving to be one of those weeks for me. I had a suspicion that this would be such a week already monday morning when I finally got my laptop running Vista (yeah - I know what you're going to say - I'm asking for it) kicked alive and got one of my most important work tools Windows Live Messenger running. As I opened my Live Messenger windows I could actually see all my 150+ contacts drop from their respective groups down to "Other Contacts" one by one - without there was anything I could do about it. After whining for a bit, and running around in desperate circles, I finally tried to appreciate the humor of the practical joker at Microsoft who implemented this amusing feature. Ah well, after spending a lot of time organizing my contacts again I thought I was good to go....UNTIL TODAY - when I open my messenger to see all my friends, colleagues, business partners, bots all having a party in the "Other Contacts" group again!

Dear Microsoft: this is where it stops being funny, please fix. And while you're digging into the source anyway, could you have a look at the vista core - there's a couple of things that also needs a looking at.