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Today's submission to the pantheon of bork comes from reader Alastair Craft (who spotted a rolling BSOD earlier this year) via the rather splendid Museum of London Docklands. By our reckoning, this is a twofer in terms of obsolete software; Macromedia (or Adobe) Director running atop Windows 7. The former has its roots well …

  1. GlenP Silver badge

    Not Unusual...

    ...for museums to be running out of date software.

    Typically they got a grant at some time in the past for "innovative interactive displays" but no money for maintenance or support.

    Usually, in my experience, those displays (even when they work) replaced existing good signage to the detriment of actually providing information. It's not always the case, Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex got it right.

    1. Ochib

      Re: Not Unusual...

      Capex v Opex. The grant was always for Capex.

  2. Rob

    Ah the heady days of Director

    That brings back memories, I think I can still remember some Lingo.

    The joys of building interactive CD's!

    1. myhandler

      Re: Ah the heady days of Director

      I always thought Director and Lingo would make a great way for kids to learn about coding and simple animating. Go the frame, yeah!

  3. katrinab Silver badge
    Coat

    Well I suppose it is a museum, and that is the right place for old obsolete stuff.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Director and Windows XP where I work. When it opened 15 years ago the technology was very futuristic. It is currently in danger of turning into a museum of museum interactives as there was never any budget for refresh, despite initial promises.

      All the interactives were designed off site and delivered as (effectively) black boxes, no source code supplied. Since many of the companies involved have "moved on" since, some bugs in the software which have been there since day one cannot now be fixed.

      One interactive for example, at least once a day one of the two videos it plays stutters. The video lasts six minutes or so (about 10 when it's stuttering) and after that it's fine. The other video never (as far as I'm aware) does the same thing. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the stuttering, it just happens randomly.

      Another interactive under certain very specific "high load" conditions (i.e. there's a school party mashing the thing about) pops up a filer box asking where to find one specific asset. There must be one code path where the name of the asset is mis-spelled or something because the same asset is used quite a lot, but without the source code we can't investigate.

      1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

        Re: but without the source code we can't investigate.

        I have found the sysinternals utilities very useful for occasions such as this. You might be able to get the tail to wag the dog. Obv take a backup before acting on hunches though. Typical scenario might be a missing file, or trying to copy a file into a folder that has that file name as a directory name, for example.

        N.B. Many IP owners will take the stance that this is reverse engineering, but if that is the case are they offering support?

  4. SPARKESFRANKIE66

    Windows 7… or could it be Vista

    That might even be Vista. The title bar looks a tad too thin for 7. Not sure though

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