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What's with Mambo No. 5? ("One, two, three four, five") I mean, it's a great song, I love it, but where's Mambo No. 1? ("Everybody in the car, so come on let's ride") I may be crazy and all that, but I like numbered things to come in a good order... ("To the liquor store around the corner")

Mambo No. 5 is a great song by Pérez Prado, who also wrote Mambo No. 8 - makes you wonder about 6 and 7, doesn't it? ("The boys say they want some gin and juice") We know best the Lou Bega version ("But I really don't wanna") that became really popular in 1999. In this case it's not even that bad, maybe these were Pérez' 5th an 8th attempts, maybe ("Beer bust like I had last week") the others do exist but they were never recorded, who knows? ("I must stay deep 'cause talk is cheap")

Getting to the point, why do some people - or companies - screw up so hard the version numbers of their softwares? Like I said, I like ("Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita") numbered things to come in at least an understandable order. An example is the McAffee antivirus that if I remember correctly, at some point had the same product divided into two, one for home users and another one for business. ("And as I continue you know they're getting sweeter") It was the same thing but the business version was "4" - even though it was the first so called "business" - and the home version became "8" despite the fact that the previous one was "6". I'm making up the numbers but the situation was exactly this.

("So what can I do? I really beg you, my Lord") It also became really common for companies to change their versioning numbers to years, thanks to Microsoft with Windows 95, but let's remember that ("To me flirting is just like a sport") although Microsoft uses the years to market their product the internal version remains a sequential number, easy to understand - Windows XP SP2 is version 5.1! That's very acceptable, but others that decided to go with the ("Anything fly, it's all good let me dump it") MS flow used just the years, and after a while decided to go back to numbering, calling it 1.0!!!

Come on... Make some sense at least! Anyway, I'm just wining about nothing... :D If I wasn't so sleepy I would go and look for the actual examples of what I'm talking about, showing the applications with all those versioning problems, but who cares? At this hour, I really don't, sorry! If you know what I'm talking about, than you know... If you don't... well. I promise next time I'll write something better.

So... ("Please set in the trumpet!")

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 3:19 AM General , Development | Back to top

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