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The top-secret prototype that went missing

11/3/2010 12:14 PM EDT

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re: The top-secret prototype that went missing
ReneCardenas   1/1/2011 7:38:13 PM
When I read the following error list depicted in the video, reafirms my conviction that we engineers have a great sense of humor. Couple cases in point: * Window Error Msg Operation copmpleted successfuly OK * Error deleting file Can not delete 6620, need to delete more files to complete this task....? * Warning Proceeding with delete geration Option choices: Proceed, or Delete ???

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re: The top-secret prototype that went missing
NTKN   11/4/2010 9:11:47 PM
Back in the 70's, I spent a summer at Texas Instruments and heard of that error message being in some TI equipment. It is a reference to oil drilling, mud being slang for the drilling fluid.

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re: The top-secret prototype that went missing
Duane Benson   11/3/2010 5:27:09 PM
This reminds me of an apocryphal story relating to the Tandy 16 / 6000 that I heard a while back - quite a while back, actually. According to the story, support technicians started getting calls from befuddled customers. Under certain conditions, their computers would output an error message that said: "Shut her down Scotty. She's sucking mud again." Apparently a software engineer had put that in as an internal error message for his own debugging purposes. It was supposed to be covering an error that would never show up under end customer usage conditions. I find that to be good supporting evidence that engineers have a great sense of humor. It's also great evidence to support the conclusion that when dealing with humans, you have to expect the unexpected. Whether it be someone in a warehouse grabbing the wrong box or a customer inciting some condition that "will never show up in the field."

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