Tweak Me, Amadeus

In our office, we regularly receive a box of goodies from Microsoft. Yes, we are a cog in the great MS machine, but who can resist free stuff?? When Sgt. Grump (who is the designated stuff inspector along with his duties as chief curmudgeon and annoying voice of reason) opened the latest package, he found a little utility called Tweakomatic.

Tweakomatic is a nifty little utility that does similar things to TweakUI in that it lets you configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings, but it provides a way to script the changes, so you can do it remotely. Oooooh. Aaaaah.

That’s not what I’m writing about.

The utility didn’t come with any documentation, so Grump gave it to Cableman (who is the designated “I’m not gonna try it. Let’s get Mikey!” along with his duties as chief hardware guru and MOHAA map maker). After installing it, they found a readme file from the team that invented Tweakomatic.

It is fricking hilarious. (Well, to me anyway.)

My favorite part:

I thought we weren’t supposed to change settings in the registry?

As you probably know, Microsoft has a sort of love-hate relationship with the registry. The registry is the configuration database for Windows and Windows applications, and many options can only be set by manually changing a value in the registry. For example, if you’ve ever read a Microsoft Knowledge Base article, you

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9 Responses to Tweak Me, Amadeus

  1. Buzz says:

    Man! That’s hilarious! Documentation with a sense of humor? I love it!

  2. Scott says:

    And from MS, no less? That’s a gas!

  3. Busy Mom says:

    Thtat’s great!

  4. Mopsie says:

    I’m not tech-savvy at all, but if all directions read like that I might be a lot more interested in how a computer works instead of just how to get to the internet. Very funny! :o)

  5. Melissa says:

    I’ve seen that before, and I found it nice to think that The Great Monopoly™ has such a witty sense of humor. 😉

  6. Lisa says:

    Heehee! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Andy says:

    The thing is that back in’t’ good old days, you could hack the system.ini and win.ini with gay abandon. With the registry, you have meaningless twaddle to manually parse in order to do anything. Progress? I think not. Give me my /etc/init.d any day.

  8. Sunidesus says:

    I would never have thought Micro$oft could have a sense of humor! That’s great.

  9. pippa said says:

    gives you two links

    Yeah, just in case that last stream of consciousness thing wasn’t enough… just in case I don’t get to post for the rest of the weekend with the BIG BIRTHDAY and all. First, the funniest damn readme.txt file courtesy of…

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