• Internet fail, in one chart

    From Meme Base and via Dustin Luck:


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    • It is an irritating phenomenon. But sometimes it’s nice to know that you aren’t halucinating. E.g. I just got a new Windows 7 machine, and it trashes icons on .exe links. This is a seriously unbelievable bug for a GUI (the most basic function of the OS (running programs) is broken), but M$ managed to do it. I wasn’t halucinating. (And I did manage to find a quick and dirty fix.)

    • My response to this issue (which I encounter regularly as a programmer), is, when I do find a solution buried within a forum somewhere, to go into the top five (or so) search results and post a link to the solution and a description of why I think it worked for me.

      If nothing else, it makes me feel like I’m doing a service to the community, in the same way that correcting errors on Wikipedia does.

      • The alt-text on the xkcd column I linked to had a brilliant idea:

        “All long help threads should have a sticky globally-editable post at the top saying ‘DEAR PEOPLE FROM THE FUTURE: Here’s what we’ve figured out so far …”