Saturday, May 06, 2006

On-Line Crash Analysis: An Overview

Background:

These days Online Crash Analysis has received a great attention both to the PC users including analysts and application manufacturers. Differentiations among software developer’s code must be one of the applicable reasons to that. Anyway whatever may causes be we shall talk to them later but now let’s walk thru concept behind OCA.

Wikipedia reports on OCA as ‘a service offered by application software or an operating system that reports details of a crash back to a central database using the internet’. In facts, information that is specifically vital to developers or the company which own the crashed software application is the behind-concept of OCA to resolve or to debug the failure issues with that application. Talked earlier those varying code concepts among developers, incompatibility among programs and hardware, continuous unsolved issues or non-updates pertaining with an application interfering that of another may be possible risks to online crash of the system. When instructions that code a hardware machine to work on its command get ruptured, possible hazards that lead inapt code algorithms is said to cause it crash.

Window Specific:

Whatever the crash circumferences be, OCA is considered to be related only with the Bill Gates’ system. It seems that Microsoft is at present committed to resolve the issue regarding its OC and other software’s failure or inapt use. ‘Microsoft Windows probably contains the most sophisticated form of OCA to date where the central database can be setup to gather additional information from users that are experiencing a particular type of crash (through user approval)’ –further reports Wikipedia. Being reliable and user friendly is not just an issue with Microsoft- it should also have to live on the same world with its cruel opponents. And this must be a show-to-people of Microsoft’s devotion to its software in a place where new applications and codes challenge it every second.

Limited to user specific error issues, you may have your whole system crashed or a particular application malfunctioning at all the times irrespective of how many reports you send differing from users to users. Try uninstalling application that you get to know from Microsoft’s OCA or disable specific uses in order to resume your work without having to send reports and get to get help from manufacturers. What they have to say is ‘the system considers all parts of the debug and release process, such that targeted bug fixes can be applied through Windows Update. In other words, only people experiencing a particular type of crash can be offered the bug fix, thus limiting exposure to an issue’, but you need to update your Windows and use many applications irrespective of failure or whatsoever the cause may be.

Probable Risk and Preventions:

Though application manufacturers say their clients to review their error reports, no users can believe them completely. This have been a practice for quite a long time but found no any solutions, rather crash on crash and users money trash out. The need for non-crash able codes and fluidly flow of software is wanted. Users must be care enough to handle with cookies that error reports enable in your PC and other information that could be stored in your hard disk or shared with third party. Privacy is to be maintained in want of optimization and support.

Microsoft says to display Crash and Stop error reports to its clienteles on its website but nothing can be guaranteed on account of enhancement. You can view your OCA at Microsoft.com having your browser JavaScript and cookies enabled, for 180 days onward your error reports.

To sum up, every user must be sufficiently sentient to let manufacturers know just what have to. Besides, extremely differing variable application need not be installed without acknowledgement. Real solution to prevention application crash would bring a machine with intelligence.

More references can be drawn from

  1. Microsoft’s OCA home page located at www.oca.microsoft.com
  2. Wikipedia’s free online OCA source reached at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Crash_Analysis

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