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When you spend too much time with computers..

"Yes madam, that is correct. You will have to upgrade the download software before you can download the upgrade software"

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

reminds me of another one: "If you experience problems with your phone(line) please call our toll-free number..."

Guyon Morée
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

What about this one:

An ad in a leading newspaper:

"Are you illiterate? Can’t read and write? If so, write to us at [PO Box ...] and let us help you."

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Seen at an opticians:

Customers are reminded that if they have not brought their contact lenses, we may not be able to see them.

Dave Hallett
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

A Compaq machine I set up many years ago had this introduction to using a PC it ran when the machine booted for the first time. It was really a very good introduction to Windows 3 computing - I'm sure it won some awards.

It began by showing you how to connect up all the cables...

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Or sending an email letting everyone know that your email server is back up.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

"Or sending an email letting everyone know that your email server is back up. "

Or better:

Sending an email to let eveyone know your email server is DOWN.

Or, classic, sending an email with instructions on how to open your new email account.

Mr. Analogy
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

My least favorite: I had an MSN dialup account and the connection was down for several days.  Their help file said that if you were experiencing connection problems, go to their tech support web page. DOH!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

keyboard not detected. Press F1 to continue

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Contents of pkunzip.exe

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

I just managed to run an SQL UPDATE statment without a WHERE clause against a table with 600 rows.

I need sleep!

(..I have a backup)

Eric Debois
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

It is quite coimmon to have to zip a self-extracting zip file. The reason is that .exe's are now routinely blocked by many serviers. I get messages tellling me the .exe is on a list of forbidden file types - please zip and resend (presumably so their ant-virus can't scan it!).

Stephen Jones
Thursday, April 22, 2004


Not quite sure why someone who has ability to unzip files would be doing trying to get pkunzip. :-) Classic chicken and egg problem. Unless they were upgrading or were using winzip before but all this spoils the humour.

Most antivirus software can scan within zip files too.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

That's why I send all my viruses and spyware as password-protected .zips. Takes a bit more social engineering in the mail message to get the reader to deploy it; luckily, there's no shortage of idiots. :-)

null fame
Thursday, April 22, 2004

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