Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby piqaboo » Thu Nov 06, 2003 2:48 pm

Lorry and Hardtack


<oops, there goes those interwoven threads again...> :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby lliam » Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:29 am

Say this fast: Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
You should finish up saying: Red Lolly, Yellow Lolly.
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I work on a support desk carrying out server disaster recoveries. Right now, I am not kidding, I have had someone on the phone who said "we tried to forklift it" when I asked how it crashed.
Chris, UK.

We had just finished a huge huge project for a customer. The backup server was full so everytime a tape was put in for the daily backup, it actually overwrote the tape with gobbledegook. When the server crashed we went back to the tapes to use the backups, every tape was empty and full of nonsense. Shocking, 18 months work all gone ! Our company eventually told our customer that it was a virus, we worked days and nights, thankfully got lots of overtime and finally delivered it. Huge mess though.
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I have deconstructed the keyboard, surgical style, in a fit of e-rage before. It was delicate and calculating. It was enjoyable at the time, but not when I needed my coursework for university.
Wayne Jordan, England.

I recently had the IT department up in arms, because I had tried to print off a rather long document. I had pressed print and nothing arrived on the printer, so I pressed print again and the summary I was expecting arrived. A few days later, the IT department got in touch to say I had jammed somebody else's printer because I had tried to get it to print off the full guidelines for Infertility from the Health Department website.
IT were not impressed when I tried to print off 4,444 pages of information! To cap it all, the person whose printer I had clogged up was on holiday and the problem only came to light when they tried to print their e-mails. Nowadays, I am very careful where I send my printing. All I wanted was the summary
Nicola Jennings, UK.

Back in the days of XT machines, I was training a group of middle executives how to use spreadsheets. It was only an exercise but some of them clearly were not saving their work, so I just suddenly pulled out the power plug they were all connected to. The air was blue for a bit, but I think they learned the most important lesson in computer use!
Graham, Belgium.

A friend of mine ran a clip art company, back in the days of 5.25 disks. There was a problem with one of the 5.25 disks that had been sent out to a client and he asked for a copy to be sent back so the problem could be resolved. When the parcel arrived, it contained two A4 pages of a nicely photocopied disk.
Steve, UK.

I heard this story many years ago. Someone in an office was asked to copy a 5.25 floppy disk. Months later, someone checked and found a photocopy where the copied disk should be. Also the photocopy was old-fashioned even then and had wiped the original floppy. I've also had a cat walk across my keyboard while I was taking a break. Luckily they just entered a few random letters.
Madawc, UK.

I had my Toshiba laptop on the desk with internet cable hanging. My one-year toddler pulled on the cord and crashed the laptop on the floor. The shock discharged the battery. Fortunately, no files or data lost, no damage to the computer. I was so relieved. Now I am more careful when my son is around.
Deepak Darshan, India/Switzerland.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby bignaf » Sat Nov 08, 2003 7:12 pm

Originally posted by lliam:
Say this fast: Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
You should finish up saying: Red Lolly, Yellow Lolly.
don't know about that. I ended up saying Yed Lorry, Rellow Lorry. :D
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby dai bread » Sun Nov 09, 2003 11:42 pm

One of the staff a couple of floors up rang down one night saying "Help help! My computer's on fire! What should I do?"

My colleague went upstairs, and sure enough smoke was pouring out of the box.

He pulled the power plug out from the wall socket. The smoking stopped, and the problem was solved.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby piqaboo » Mon Nov 10, 2003 1:42 pm

I hid a cup of dry ice behind a co-worker's monitor once. She called IS to put the "fire" out.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby lliam » Mon Nov 10, 2003 6:05 pm

Originally posted by bignaf:
Originally posted by lliam:
[b] Say this fast: Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
You should finish up saying: Red Lolly, Yellow Lolly.
don't know about that. I ended up saying Yed Lorry, Rellow Lorry. :D [/b]
Yes Big, but look at the fun you had just trying it out. ;)
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby bignaf » Mon Nov 10, 2003 9:24 pm

:)
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby EricMichaels » Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:28 am

Have you seen the Computer Stupidities page?
http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby bignaf » Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:55 pm

LMREO!
the scary thing is I don't know what's funny about all of them. you know what that means....
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:47 am

And there's the guy at some F-18 squadron who sent us a Technical Publications Deficiency Report complaining that there was no writing on the Blank page. I put in a frame that said "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY BLANK".

Then, a year later, same guy wrote another one complaining that the same page was annotated as blank and contained the words "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY BLANK" and was therefore not blank.

My boss wouldn't let me send Marines out to shoot the fella. Rats.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby BigJon » Wed Nov 12, 2003 2:21 pm

Originally posted by Selma in San Diego:
And there's the guy at some F-18 squadron who sent us a Technical Publications Deficiency Report complaining that there was no writing on the Blank page. I put in a frame that said "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY BLANK".

Then, a year later, same guy wrote another one complaining that the same page was annotated as blank and contained the words "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY BLANK" and was therefore not blank.

My boss wouldn't let me send Marines out to shoot the fella. Rats.
How about "This page contains no other data than this sentence?" :D

This kind of stuff really bothers those of us who are anal retentive.

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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby OperaTenor » Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:01 pm

All of the technical pubs we had in the Navy had that stupid "TPILB" blurb on them, even if it was the backside of a printed page. :roll:
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby Shapley » Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:27 pm

OT,

I always liked the "This page left intentionally blank" pages with "Confidential" stamps on them. We had to treat them as classified information and dispose of them accordingly.

Of course, perhaps the Navy didn't want it known that we we were stamping the "tplib" blurb on our papers, lest some foreign power figure out what dummies we are.

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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby barfle » Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:43 pm

This message contains no data other than this sentence.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby dai bread » Wed Nov 12, 2003 6:09 pm

There is no limit to human stupidity. If you don't put "TPILB" on a blank page, some idiot will complain that there's nothing on the page and therefore something must have been left out.

Someone like the person who rang up on Wednesday night (yesterday) asking when the final of "Australian Idol" was going to be broadcast. Says the telephonist, "Next Wednesday".
"Oh good", says the idiot. "You mean tonight?"

And the telephonist simply could not shake her.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby Serenity » Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:27 am

This page considered blank except for the anal retentive.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby barfle » Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:36 am

There's nothing to see here.

Please move on.
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby The Great Carouser » Thu Nov 13, 2003 9:12 am

TPILB
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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Thu Nov 13, 2003 9:25 am

You lot are wonderful. I've never had so many friends helping me vent. :D

I seem to have found one of those trivial details that annoy a lot of people, not just me. Except that I'm on the other end of the issue, putting that stupid statement onto pages so that all the rest of you can be annoyed by that stupid statement. I apologize. It's the a-r sailor's fault.

Thanks for the laughs. It really helps.

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Re: Odd mishaps cause computer grief.

Postby piqaboo » Thu Nov 13, 2003 11:49 am

We have to include it on every blank page of a submission to the FDA.
Otherwise we end up answering questions about "lost" data, printing errors etc.
It cracks me up everytime I see it.
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