No one likes an error message, but sometimes the error messages are in their very tone kind of insulting. For example, I came across this one:
The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.
OK, Hal. This message implies that there is a problem with a rogue server with an attitude problem.
In a cms I used to use I once tried to post-date a piece for publication and was given the error message, "The future has not happened yet." Wow, really? Thanks for that condescending news flash. I could have gotten that message in a fortune cookie.
So, just for a little end-of-the-week chuckle, post some of the most memorable error messages you've seen over the years. Maybe you've programmed a snarky error message of your own you'd like to share. If we get a good enough response, we can get Art to make a us a nice download.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.