What simply occurred? In 1994, greenhorn developer David Plummer sat in his den at house and wrote the code that might in the end be used to create Task Manager in Windows. Now greater than 25 years later, the dev has taken to Reddit to share some anecdotes about the extremely great tool.
For instance, do you know that if Task Manager ever hangs or crashes, you possibly can open a brand new occasion by urgent Ctrl+Shift+Esc? According to Plummer, Winlogon will search for an current occasion and attempt to recuperate it for as much as 10 seconds. “If the old Taskmgr doesn’t start making sense by responding with a secret code within that time, another one will be launched,” he added.
Plummer additionally famous that Task Manager is one among the few apps that received’t simply “fail and bail” if issues go fallacious. If sources are low, the app will load in a lowered mode – solely exhibiting the processes web page if that’s the most pertinent.
Other helpful nuggets embrace:
- You can restart Task Manager to manufacturing unit defaults by holding down Ctrl+Alt+Esc whereas restarting it.
- You can entry the binary for any course of in the course of desk by proper clicking it and choosing “Show File Location.”
- There isn’t a lot that Task Manager can’t kill. “It will even escalate privilege and (if you have it) enable debug privilege to attach to and kill apps that way if needed. If TM can’t kill it, you’ve got a kernel problem.”
- Ctrl+Shift+Esc may even launch Task Manager with none assist from the shell so if the shell / explorer is useless, you should use this combo to carry up TM then reset / restart the shell. “Even if your tray is missing and gone, this combo should start it.”
Plummer notes that the tips are all primarily based on Windows XP as he left Microsoft way back.
While there, he additionally labored on ZIP folders, the Start Menu, the calculator app and product activation. He even wrote / ported Space Cadet pinball (3D Pinball for Windows). Nowadays, Plummer stated he codes every single day along with serving to educate children to program in school and restoring previous muscle vehicles / pickups.