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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:09 pm

Sounds like it is in the nightly builds but not the official releases then.

I checked the copy running in my Windows 7 VM, and it's not there.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:49 pm

Years ago I worked for a place that used Lotus Notes and every once in a while the service would crash and we'd get a popup on the Notes server that just said "PANIC!" with an okay button. Very useful, that.

SAP R/3 was also interesting... aside from occasionally throwing errors in German, there was one incredibly useful one that we'd see in the logs from time to time that said simply "Error X: Something happened."

My favorite - and I guess this shows my age - was the old "Abort, Retry, Fail" message from DOS whenever something like a disk read failed. Basically your only option was to keep pressing A, R, or F (or in earlier versions, I instead of F for "Ignore") until whatever it was you were trying to do actually quit for real. Very, very rarely would Retry actually work; and I've never quite understood what the difference between Abort and Fail was supposed to be.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:07 pm

cphite wrote:... Very, very rarely would Retry actually work; and I've never quite understood what the difference between Abort and Fail was supposed to be.

Abort = Forcibly terminate the application with extreme prejudice, bypassing any cleanup

Fail = Return a failure indication to the application, and hope that the application deals with it gracefully
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:29 pm

just brew it! wrote:Fail = Return a failure indication to the application, and hope that the application deals with it gracefully

DOS? Graceful fail?

At least restoring Win98SE was a fairly quick process.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:43 pm

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Turkina wrote:Dealing with issues on a Creative soundcard install, I got the message "Invalid Data." Looked it up on the Creative website, and it said "Invalid Data: This error message is caused by the data being invalid." Very helpful.

That's more helpful than anything I have EVER gotten from Creative support. Count your blessings.

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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:46 pm

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:Fail = Return a failure indication to the application, and hope that the application deals with it gracefully

DOS? Graceful fail?

"Hope" was the operative word!
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:48 pm

yokem55 wrote:Then there is the classic:
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Warning: lp0 on fire.


I'm not sure if it's still in the linux lp driver or not as I haven't used a parallel port in probably 6-7 years, but it dates back to the days on old Unix machines where a jammed line printer could in certain cases catch on fire....

I love how it's low priority "warning message" instead of high priority "error message" :lol:
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:55 pm

Madman wrote:
yokem55 wrote:Then there is the classic:
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Warning: lp0 on fire.


I'm not sure if it's still in the linux lp driver or not as I haven't used a parallel port in probably 6-7 years, but it dates back to the days on old Unix machines where a jammed line printer could in certain cases catch on fire....

I love how it's low priority "warning message" instead of high priority "error message" :lol:

One of the places I worked years ago had a printer which would periodically malfunction and start smoking. After something like the third such incident, someone hung a sign on it that said "Call Victory Auto Wreckers!"

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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:40 pm

Thunderbird habul plugin (knujon reporting tool) attaching attached messages :D

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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:49 pm

TheWacoKid wrote:
derFunkenstein wrote:It's not in the Windows version. The only things to add to the Task Manager tool are actual things, no goats and no other Easter eggs. :(

It is for me...I'll check the version when I get home but it's whatever the nightly build is for Windows.

Ya, nightly is not official releases. I'm talking about whatever it is they give to the public when you go to www.google.com/chrome and download.

It is in the Mac version, though - I just thought to look for it. I guess it's just Windows guys that have no sense of humor.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:24 pm

I seem to remember a parody of Windows when I was in college. It's a flash-based thing, but still funny, full of error messages. Here is the link. http://www.deanliou.com/WinRG/ Then you have to click on run WinRG flash demo.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:42 am

screen's error messages drive me nuts:
Suddenly the dungeon collapses! You die...


Thanks, I only had all my work from this morning set up at the time. Your funny reference to an old game contains nothing to help me diagnose what went wrong.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:11 am

www.rockpapershotgun.com when an error happens, a frigging text adventure pops up.

I couldn't find a way to beat it, though.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:37 am

I edited the image to remove any possible copyright infringement just to show you a glimpse into the future of the interwebz

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The error says:
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nVidia video drivers FAIL, click for more info
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:12 am

My favorite error message came from the old counter strike.

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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:39 am

cphite wrote:SAP R/3 was also interesting... aside from occasionally throwing errors in German, there was one incredibly useful one that we'd see in the logs from time to time that said simply "Error X: Something happened."

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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:22 pm

When we were running some services with Apache Tomcat, the awesome "Horrible Exception" error that our clients called in about was always amusing:

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Horrible Exception: org.apache.turbine.util.security.TurbineSecurityException: Unable to update the security system.

at com.tribe.modules.actions.TribeLogin.doPerform(TribeLogin.java:121)
at org.apache.turbine.modules.Action.perform(Action.java:48)
at org.apache.turbine.modules.ActionLoader.exec(ActionLoader.java:96)
at org.apache.turbine.Turbine.loginAction(Turbine.java:880)
at org.apache.turbine.Turbine.doGet(Turbine.java:690)
at org.apache.turbine.Turbine.doPost(Turbine.java:862)
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:709)
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:802)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:237)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.UncleanURLFilter.doFilter(UncleanURLFilter.java:74)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at org.tuckey.web.filters.urlrewrite.UrlRewriteFilter.doFilter(UrlRewriteFilter.java:304)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.HostnameRewriteFilter.doFilter(HostnameRewriteFilter.java:70)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.HibernateSessionFilter.doFilter(HibernateSessionFilter.java:49)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.LinkToolFilter.doFilter(LinkToolFilter.java:52)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.ApiFamilyFilter.doFilter(ApiFamilyFilter.java:60)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:186)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:157)
at net.tribe.filters.UncleanURLFilter.doFilter(UncleanURLFilter.java:74)


But those were the days as we've stripped out anything Tomcat related from our product.
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:28 pm

One of the systems I worked on at my 2nd full-time job out of school had its infamous "OOPS!" error. It has a custom OS which had been written in-house; if the OS detected a fatal exception it would print "OOPS!" on the console (which was a serial terminal in those days), and reboot. We'd get service tickets like "So-and-so got a couple of OOPS errors last night."
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:14 pm

At work our Matrix One software often tells me "wrong password, dear"
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Re: Amusing/lame error messages

Postposted on Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:57 pm

Apparently, the software function wasn't important enough to merit an actual name, because today one of my coworkers started getting repeated WinXP crashes from a modeling tool as follows:

"2: 2 has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience..."
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