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You know something's wrong when ... - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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You know something's wrong when ...
... you see the error message "Total Failure" and burst into tears.
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huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: August 28th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there something wrong with me if I find that really funny?

(I convinced myself yesterday that the message that my program had 'stopped running' was a Watership Down reference.)
j4 From: j4 Date: August 28th, 2003 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there something wrong with me if I find that really funny?

I really hope that next time you're feeling really low, somebody comes and laughs at you as well.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: August 28th, 2003 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I constantly invite people to laugh at me, which is why I assumed you were doing the same. Different folks, different uses of LiveJournal. Sincerely sorry.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 29th, 2003 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Apology accepted, & sometimes that kind of thing does seem funny to me, and sometimes I do invite people to laugh at me. But as a general rule of thumb if I'm sufficiently shaky to be crying over nothing, I'm unlikely to find it funny.

OTOH maybe I shouldn't have posted it at all if I wasn't happy for people to say what they wanted in response. <shrug>
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: August 28th, 2003 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Some while ago, around the turn of the year, when things were very bad, some application refused to do something and suggested I check the help file. This latter returned the message 'no help is presently available'. Which was about right.
ewx From: ewx Date: August 29th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
gcc occasionally produces warnings about classes that "have no friends". Not first the place I expected to find poignancy...
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: August 28th, 2003 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
*hug* would a phone call help, or at least be more immediate than sitting here posting hugs is ?
j4 From: j4 Date: August 28th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the offer but I'm afraid I find phone calls a lot more stressful than email/LJ/etc. :-( Hugs do help though, thank you. *hugs*
From: kaet Date: August 28th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* (if it might help?)

At least console yourself that the programmer was having a really bad day when they wrote the error message, too. I know my error messages become more dispairing the more down I'm feeling.

It shows you the advantages of writing full senstences damn it, even in error messages. If it had said "Oh dear, I seem to have totally failed. Sorry." it might have been better. Or perhaps that's just me?

And news reports. I was listening to Radio 6 the other day, and it's really good, but every hour this woman comes on the radio and reads the news in a distinctive bbc-yoof style involving shouting and the the removal of all prepositions. It's the radio, damn it, not print. There's no need to shout, and if you didn't, you'd have more room for grammatical particles. Sorry, I seem to be ranting, which isn't what I wanted to do, at all.

*hugs*
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: August 28th, 2003 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Dreamweaver doesn't crash, it encounters a fatal exception. I always think this would work very well as a movie euphemism for being killed; you can just imagine Schwarzenegger saying "He encountered a fatal exception."
boyofbadgers From: boyofbadgers Date: August 28th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, most of the software I write encounters a fatal exception from time to time. It's so much more elegant than it commiting an error don't you think?
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