August 04, 2015

A Dispatch From the Department of Derp

Dustbury has discovered yet another reason to be wary of Windows 10 beyond the concerns about its security or  the worries that it permanently "upgrades" your computer to telescreen mode.

The Windows 10 error screen...

 "Well, that's...helpful"

Compounding these problems is the fact that Microsoft can't count.  This is either the thirteenth or the seventeenth edition of Windows depending on how one counts. Neither of those numbers is equal to 10. 

It get's worse. As we all remember, following the new numbering system adopted after Vista, the last edition was Eight which means that in REALITY,  we're discussing...


All of Microsoft's desperate obfuscations cannot save them from mockery by anonymous Touhou fans. 

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Back when I was working, when I was a senior engineer, I used to do a lot of interviewing. Coming up with reasonable questions is a pain, and one I used was "What is the most useless error message you've ever seen?"

My own answer was "Syntax error", a common error message from early compilers. Someone did better though: it was an error message from the first PC BIOS: "Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue."

But I do believe that your picture, if genuine, has topped them all.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue Aug 4 21:09:48 2015 (+rSRq)

2 Microsoft Basic on the TRS-80 Model 1 Level 1 had only three error messages: What?, How?, and Sorry.

But that machine had 4K each of ROM and RAM, so they had an excuse.  Not so much these days.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Aug 5 02:16:13 2015 (PiXy!)

3 Hrm.  Wikipedia says that Level 1 Basic was Tiny Basic plus changes by Radio Shack themselves, not Microsoft.  Microsoft wrote Level 2 Basic for them later.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Aug 5 02:28:40 2015 (PiXy!)

4 I think those old PS/1 Keyboards were hot-pluggable, so that error message made a certain amount of sense.  Plug in the Keyboard and press F1.

It does come in handy to still have wired keyboards and mice around.  When I was rebuilding Himawari (Avoid Seagate drives) many things, even my BIOS could read my wireless USB Keyboard.  Except the screen at the beginning of CHKDSK. Unless I wanted to sit through ANOTHER 8 hours while it failed, I have to have a keyboard I could plug in to kit a key to abort. (Likewise, an early version of the Seagate utility on a bootable CD couldn't read the wireless mouse.)

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Aug 5 05:12:45 2015 (TJ7ih)

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