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2009\01\07@195140 by Sean Breheny

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I had a coworker today who wrote a script to parse a data file. It was
supposed to extract the fifth word from a line in the file.

Every time he ran it, it would output "error"

He looked at it over again and again, saying to himself "What the
%$&#*($% is going on here, the syntax is completely correct!"

After about a half hour, he finally looked at the text file and
realized that the fifth word in the line was indeed "error"

!!!! :-P

Sean


On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 8:23 PM, Jinx <spam_OUTjoecolquittTakeThisOuTspamclear.net.nz> wrote:
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2009\01\07@201315 by solarwind

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Doesn't beat this though:

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2009\01\07@201707 by Jinx

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> After about a half hour, he finally looked at the text file and
> realized that the fifth word in the line was indeed "error"

Oh nasty (chuckle), that's fate really taking the p***

I'm a firm believer in things like that - School Of Hard Knocks,
University Of Life, It's All Character Building, You Learn More
>From Mistakes Than Successes - but sometimes you could do
without it eh

2009\01\08@040759 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> After about a half hour, he finally looked at the text file and
>> realized that the fifth word in the line was indeed "error"
>
>Oh nasty (chuckle), that's fate really taking the p***

Shades of the test programs we used to use on a system I dealt with. You
could change the message that the loader came up with as a prompt. Some
people changed it to 'Disk Error' on their copies ... Would make others look
if they tried to use it.

2009\01\08@050751 by Vitaliy

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David Van Horn shared this story:
> The first production run of a VERY popular credit card terminal, using a
> GI-AY 8910 complex sound generator, had a small bug.
>
> Under some conditions, the software would jump to a test routine
> designed to check the sound generator interface, and the user was
> presented with a "falling bomb and explosion" sound effect.
>
> In later versions, they removed those test routines.


2009\01\08@131745 by Clint Sharp

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In message <.....49000609603748B89E810EB65E5C7807KILLspamspam@spam@space.rl.ac.uk>, Alan B.
Pearce <Alan.B.PearcespamKILLspamstfc.ac.uk> writes
>Shades of the test programs we used to use on a system I dealt with. You
>could change the message that the loader came up with as a prompt. Some
>people changed it to 'Disk Error' on their copies ... Would make others look
>if they tried to use it.
>
Or editing the text in command.com....

In hindsight editing 'Bad command or filename' to 'Learn to type fatboy'
would have been funnier (or possibly less funny, I certainly laughed) if
my manager hadn't made a boot disk from that machine and repaired
several customer's PCs before he noticed a couple of months later.

Hohum.. Live and learn.
--
Clint Sharp

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