NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, March 22, 2007

This Sucks Posted by Mikko @ 14:21 GMT

When working with Windows files it's helpful to know just what type of file you're working with, right?

Older versions of Windows used to hide the extensions by default. This was known as "Hide extensions for known file types". It was always a bad idea, and it was used extensively by the bad guys with double extensions as a means of tricking users into running files. You know, LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.VBS and so on.

So, now we have Windows Vista.

Turns out, they still have this feature on by default.

What were they thinking? Does anybody like it like this?

So… can you tell what types of files are in the images below?

List Icons

Medium Icons

Big Icons

Detailed Icons

This just sucks.