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Ready4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-31-11 05:10 PM
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29. Gray zones.
At what point is a file declared to be 'program' file? If I write code, is the text file containing that code an executable? When I compile it, does that make it an executable? What about script files? Files that are interpreted by the OS/Shell? If THOSE are 'programs', how/why is a JPEG different, since it is basically an interpreted file as well.

This issue is one of those things that seems super easy, until you actually sit down and try to accomplish it. And if you take steps to make your OS impenetrable, you also make it impossible to use it in the way that makes computers useful in the first place. There are reasons that PC's took over in the space that used to be filled by dedicated word processing devices. That's because, by easily installing new programs, you could make a PC do a great many things OTHER than process words. Things that the designer of the original OS never prepared for nor imagined.
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