Most Viewed in December 2016

The end of a year is for many an occasion not just to anticipate the new year but to review the old. This year, 2016, is notable for this website because research and writing resumed for it after a five-year break. The year started with some more or less mechanical updating that could be done tolerably well at nights and on weekends. Then it changed gear for a deliberate programme of full-time exploration to find Windows material that’s genuinely new to the world, including even to Microsoft.

Has that been a success? Not if we reckon just by the numbers, no. This site had 18,002 visits in December 2016, from 12,347 unique visitors. That’s a tailing off from the 17,763 unique visitors in one month exactly four years earlier, when I last collected these statistics for presentation, but that’s just to be expected. Indeed, considering that the site had no new material for years, I regard these totals as having held up pretty well.

But the site does have new material now, and not just a smattering of it but several hundred new pages. These, it turns out, have hardly got looked at by anyone. Of course, I’m well used to finding that a topic I write about doesn’t get anyone else’s attention for months and even years—and am also too used to wondering how someone’s later work on the topic, e.g., for a conference presentation, doesn’t cite mine. Still, it is conspicuous that in the list below of pages that were each viewed at least 100 times in December 2016, only two were created this year and they just update material that was first written in 2010 (also to no immediate attention). I’m glad enough that 380 people looked at my page on Consultation and that almost as many seem at least to have contemplated sending Feedback. I’m utterly astonished at 705 visits to one of the site’s oldest pages (about a buffer overflow bug from 1999). Yet not one page that’s truly new makes the cut. Did I waste the year?

Rank Page Visits
1 (3) Geoff Chappell, Software Analyst 3,235
2 (1) Licensed Memory in Windows Vista 1,414
3 (26) The Windows Explorer Command Line 1,289
4 (4) KERNEL32 Functions 892
5   Notes on Internet Explorer 767
6 (9) The First Run Page in Internet Explorer 739
7 (2) Edit Boot Options in Windows Vista 738
8   America Online Exploits Bug in Own Software 705
9 (15) Kernel Versions 384
10   Consultation 380
11 (6) Win32 377
12   What’s New? 372
12 (13) NTDLL Functions 372
14   About This Site 360
15 (7) Kernel 349
16   Terms 348
17   Feedback 326
18 (5) Boot Configuration Data (BCD) 304
19 (8) ADVAPI32 Functions 282
20 (22) Boot Options: nx 247
21 (21) Shell 245
22 (33) BCD Elements 229
23 (11) The Advanced Boot Options Menu in Windows Vista 227
24 (32) Windows Diagnostic Infrastructure 213
25 (17) The Boot Status Data Log 211
26 (14) SHELL32 Functions 209
27   NTDLL Versions 205
28 (18) Visual C++ 199
29 (19) Notes 192
30 (53) The API Set Schema 187
31 (48) Boot Options: truncatememory 182
32 (24) Boot Options: detecthal 172
33 (36) BCD Objects 171
34   KERNEL32 Versions 158
35 (20) Boot Options: numproc 149
36   API Sets Added For Windows 10.0 145
37 (39) SVCHOST 142
38 (40) Feature Control in Internet Explorer 141
39   Windows API Sets 138
40 (44) Software Analysis By Reverse Engineering 134
41 (51) Windows Kernel Exports 132
42 (42) KERNELBASE Functions 128
42   Operation Aurora 128
44 (34) Disable Global Hot Keys 123
45 (31) Boot Options: pae 121
45 (28) Internet Explorer 121
45   Problems With Tables in Expression Web 121
48 (35) The Service Control Manager Eventlog Provider 120
49 (47) Boot Options: kernel 119
49 (27) Install a Boot Logo for Windows XP 119
51 (10) SYSENTER and SYSEXIT in Windows 110
52   MSHTML Versions 107
53   C1XX Errors 106
54   The Windows Explorer 101
55 (16) WPP Software Tracing in SERVICES.EXE 100

The faded titles are just index pages which I presume are viewed only or mainly on the way to others, especially while moving from one Table of Contents (TOC) to another. One of those index pages is just the skimpiest of placeholders, pending my writing an introduction. The TOCs are omitted entirely. The rank in brackets is from exactly four years ago.