What do the following have in common?
The answer is not this. These are the previously announced features of Microsoft Vista that have been dropped out of the product over the last couple of years. Here’s a link to a good article with the gory details…
At the rate features are being being axed, at what point does Vista come XP SP3? It’s becoming XP with tighter DRM, and who wants more of that? Of all of the stuff that’s been yanked, WinFS was the one that I really wanted. I really hoped that MS could have pulled it off.
On the other hand, it just sounded too complicated to actaully pull off. Having your file system be dependant on SQL Server requires a lot more under the hood with that much more resources required. To a certain extent, the desktop search tools that came out in the last two years made the need for WinFS less important.
I saw a reference to “tomato funeral” on a .Net developer’s blog. I had to click through the link and ended up somewhere deep in the bowels of Wil Wheaton’s blog….
My friends and I have, in the past, enjoyed playing a game we affectionaly call “tomato funeral”. Often when we find ourselves in close but temporary proximity to a stranger or group of strangers (like being in an elevator) one of us will start the game by turning to the other and asking:
“So then what happened?”
At this point it’s the goal of the other person to come up with the most nonsensical but still plausible conclusion to a conversation that will presumably leave the strangers wondering for the rest of the day what possible situation could have led up to that phrase. The game is named after one of the earliest successes:
“Oh, well, she went to the funeral, but, well, you know, I doubt she’ll ever eat tomatos again”
Points are awarded for creativity and quickness of response.