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A gallery of goofy error messages

You can't do that!

"I was programming in Fortran on a Data General back in the early 80's and on one run I triggered an error that was displayed as just a number. There was a tool in the OS that allowed you to put in the error code and get a description of the problem. By default the tool was looking for a hex code, but I couldn't tell if the number I had was hex or decimal (I think it was 62), so I requested the error text for the decimal number. At that point I realized I was dealing with powers greater than mere mortals, so I shut off all the lights and quietly went home."

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