Saturday, November 1, 2008

Catch of the day

My husband didn't get his usual paper delivery on Friday. He called to report it and received this message an hour later: "Thank you for reporting your missing paper. If you don't receive your paper by six o'clock this evening, let us know. Please use the number listed in the paper."

Anything like that ever happen to you??


ellen said...

About four months after I'd gotten to grad school, I realized I needed a departmental mailbox. So I asked the officefolk if I could get such a thing.

They pointed me towards a cubby off to the side. "You already have one," they said, "in there." So I went in and checked.

And behold, there was a letter from the physics department, in my mailbox, telling me (among other things) that I had a mailbox.

Gayle Carline said...

Sort of. I was installing DSL on my laptop. The CD instructed me to insert a card in the slot, told me to refer to the manual for further instructions, and then shut my computer down. I couldn't find the manual, so I called the tech support.
"Oh, we don't include the manual anymore. The information is available online."
It took me at least 10 minutes to make him understand that I couldn't access an online manual to tell me how to install hardware for my online service because I couldn't freakin' get online without the freakin' installation!

Camille Minichino said...

I'm laughing at both stories -- I think there should be a collection of these somewhere!

Kathryn Lilley said...

In software land, we call this type of reference an "endless loop." Very frustrating!

Camille Minichino said...

Oh yes, Kathryn. And in the really early days of software when Fortran ruled, we called it a Do Loop --
"endless" says it better.

Terri Thayer said...

I once tried to install a CD burner on my PC to replace the one that was already there. The very last step in the instructions (#22) was: Uninstall any other CD burners.

Needless to say, that CD burner never worked.

Sheila Connolly said...

I'm always tempted to end e-mails with "please let me know if you don't receive this."

Cryptoman said...

...And there's the classic error message when putting a Windows computer together and neglecting to plug in the keyboard:

"Keyboard not found. Press any key to continue."