Comment On Unsolved Murder

Poor old Mark. Good guy. Kept to himself. Showed up day in, day out, writing documentation for SQL Server 2005 until one day when Sterling L. broke into his office, bludgeoned him to death with his own keyboard, and disappeared.  Mark was committed to his company, though, and in his dying moments barely managed to finish typing "Service Pack 1 as part of the installation." [expand full text]
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Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:32 • by Nick (unregistered)
I was kinda expecting an "Aaaaaauuuuuuuuugh" line there.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:32 • by Mark (unregistered)
FirsttttttTTTTTAAAAAAAWEEEEEEEEEEAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO -

This is what he actually meant to type..

2007-02-23 12:42 • by OMG (unregistered)

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Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:43 • by A Nonny Mouse (unregistered)
he managed to get a "G0D" in there too! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuwesome.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:44 • by BradC
Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:

King Arthur: [about the inscription on the rock] What does it say, Brother Maynard?
Brother Maynard: It reads, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathia. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh..."
King Arthur: What?
Brother Maynard: "The Castle of Aaaauuuggghhhh"
Sir Bedevere: What is that?
Brother Maynard: He must have died while carving it.
King Arthur: Oh come on!
Brother Maynard: Well, that's what it says.
King Arthur: Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.
Sir Galahad: Maybe he was dictating it.
King Arthur: Oh shut up!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:48 • by JK (unregistered)
Funny - that's a base64 encoded GIF image. An empty GIF image, to be exact, most likely a spacer. Damn, I'm such a geek.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:54 • by LP (unregistered)
122280 in reply to 122278
Beat me to it. We're all geeks here.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:57 • by sootzoo
That reminds me of the ESPN on-screen graphics guy's sudden suicide during an NFL game I was recording. Must've been as frustrated with the offense's incompetence as I was...

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 12:59 • by Malfist (unregistered)
Made me think of ole' Monty

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:05 • by cyberscythe
The "AAA..." is funny, but I think the "Ow" part at the end makes it a masterpiece.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:09 • by EvanED
I was going to come in and say "maybe he was dictating", but, no surprise, I've been beaten to the punch about 10 times already.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:14 • by Alan (unregistered)
For an "Unsolved" murder, we sure do seem to know quite a lot about it.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:23 • by Zylon
122293 in reply to 122274
BradC:
Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:

Quoting Python is only funny when everybody already knows the lines, not when some douche comes along and posts an entire verbatim chunk of script.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:30 • by BF (unregistered)
122295 in reply to 122293
Zylon:
BradC:
Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:

Quoting Python is only funny when everybody already knows the lines, not when some douche comes along and posts an entire verbatim chunk of script.

Well, from those of us who aren't really into Monty Python, and didn't get the reference, the context was appreciated!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:31 • by Alexander Strange
122296 in reply to 122274
BradC:
Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:


http://xkcd.com/c16.html

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:36 • by ntxpaaaaaa (unregistered)
Anyone know if I can install that on earlier versions, or will I have to upgrade to Windows 2005R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== first?

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:36 • by they made me put a name down, as if it mattered! (unregistered)
122298 in reply to 122295
A programmer who doesn't get Monty Python references? Now there's a WTF!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:36 • by Nytmare
Being bludgeoned to death with your own keyboard could be a reference to Gattaca.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:39 • by strictnein
122300 in reply to 122297
ntxpaaaaaa:
Anyone know if I can install that on earlier versions, or will I have to upgrade to Windows 2005R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== first?


Wow. You typed that whole thing out, didn't you? Impressive!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:45 • by Bert (unregistered)
Reminds me of a tech support case my father opened once.

He would just be sitting there typing along and random characters would appear at random intervals in his word document.

After much debugging with a tech support person...
He had played around with some speech dictation software a few weeks earlier and forget to turn it off!

David Letterman's "True Story" version:

He would just be sitting there typing along and curse words would sometimes appear in his word document, but only when he made a typo.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:47 • by Derrick Pallas
The cool thing is that when you Base64 decode that, you get

GIF89a\001\000\001\000\200\000\000\377\377\377\000\000\000!\371\004\001\000\000\000\000,\000\000\000\000\001\000\001\000\000\002\002D\001\000;

go ahead and type

data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

into the address bar of a browser near you.. it's just a spacer GIF that is being used as a data:uri; ironically, Internet Explorer DOES NOT support data:uri. I believe that when that browser can't display an image and the image has no alt text, it uses the URL as the alt text.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:47 • by Mike (unregistered)
It looked like it was Base 64 encoded, so I decoded it and got: ÛM9GIF89aÿÿÿ!ù,D;

I think it's a clue.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:49 • by Mike (unregistered)
Wow, while I have posted comments that have been irrelevant, I don't think I've ever had my comment made obsolete as I was posting it before. Kudos Derrick.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:54 • by EvanED
I am so very scared that some of you actually figured out what that is. And jealous, because I'd never have thought of it in a million years.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:55 • by ripos (unregistered)
Hmm… I inspected this a bit. It looked like Base64 encoded secret for me. And after some investigation it appears, that it was murder's picture using GIF89 file format.
Everybody can check this yourself. Good luck.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 13:59 • by Masiosare (unregistered)
122310 in reply to 122302

The cool thing is that when you Base64 decode that, you get

GIF89a\001\000\001\000\200\000\000\377\377\377\000\000\000!\371\004\001\000\000\000\000,\000\000\000\000\001\000\001\000\000\002\002D\001\000;


go ahead and type


I thought I was the geekest person in the world because I found out just by seeing it that it was a base64 encoded string. Once I was about to post it here I found your reply...

I think today will be drink-until-faint day to geek-detox :P

It's friday!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:04 • by Matthew (unregistered)
Summary of the rest of the conversation:

Monty Python rocks!

Hay guys, I think it's Base64 stuff! And it looks like it might be a picture! I'm so smart!

You guys are too smart. Dweebs.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:24 • by Justin (unregistered)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:24 • by Otto
The actual page where this appears is here:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa980629(vs.80).aspx

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:44 • by Kenny R. (unregistered)
Isn't that just the Hungarian notation for some sort of special string named 'w' ?

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:44 • by Blah Blah (unregistered)
122324 in reply to 122293
Well commenting on quoting Python is only funny when you're not such a douche to begin with.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:48 • by trianglman (unregistered)
122325 in reply to 122302
he managed to get a "G0D" in there too! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuwesome.

Derrick Pallas:
The cool thing is that when you Base64 decode that, you get

GIF89a\001\000\001\000\200\000\000\377\377\377\000\000\000!\371\004\001\000\000\000\000,\000\000\000\000\001\000\001\000\000\002\002D\001\000;
go ahead and type

data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

into the address bar of a browser near you.. it's just a spacer GIF that is being used as a data:uri; ironically, Internet Explorer DOES NOT support data:uri. I believe that when that browser can't display an image and the image has no alt text, it uses the URL as the alt text.


Does this mean god really is in all the empty spaces?

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 14:52 • by hk0 (unregistered)
122326 in reply to 122320
Now someone do that with 2-tone GIF porn

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 15:34 • by SkittlesAreYum (unregistered)
122334 in reply to 122293
Zylon:
BradC:
Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:

Quoting Python is only funny when everybody already knows the lines, not when some douche comes along and posts an entire verbatim chunk of script.


Someone has his panties in a bunch today. I hadn't heard those lines before (yeah, I know) so I appreciated the "chunk of script". And you're wrong, it was still funny even though I didn't know Python already - I laughed as I read it.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 15:57 • by webhamster
122338 in reply to 122301
Bert:
Reminds me of a tech support case my father opened once.

He would just be sitting there typing along and random characters would appear at random intervals in his word document.

After much debugging with a tech support person...
He had played around with some speech dictation software a few weeks earlier and forget to turn it off!

David Letterman's "True Story" version:

He would just be sitting there typing along and curse words would sometimes appear in his word document, but only when he made a typo.


Happened in our office too. She came running into my office to tell me her computer was "haunted".

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 16:09 • by aedinius (unregistered)
Finally, a TDWTF that made me laugh. Out loud. Uncontrollably.

Captcha: doom (I'm gonna sing the doom song now!)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 16:38 • by RobertB
122346 in reply to 122321
Otto:
The actual page where this appears is here:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa980629(vs.80).aspx

The orignal entry made me smile, but seeing it at a microsoft.com link required keyboard replacement (fault tree includes the terms "Dr Pepper", "laughter", and "nose"). I just hope there aren't any Microsofties reading this blog -- or if there are, that they have a good sense of humor, and don't correct it!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 16:41 • by Right-hand of JPEG (unregistered)
122347 in reply to 122278
Wait, God is a base64-encoded GIF?

CAPTCHA: kung fu (My kung fu is base64-encoded GIFly!)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 16:48 • by cracki (unregistered)
122349 in reply to 122320
what is this image? i won't dare open it, because i've heard of GIF exploits before

can anyone analyze that one?

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 17:02 • by Corona688
122353 in reply to 122349
cracki:
what is this image? i won't dare open it, because i've heard of GIF exploits before

can anyone analyze that one?
What, the 'Hello World'? It says 'Hello World'. If you're worried about file exploits, don't use Internet Explorer.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 17:04 • by cracki (unregistered)
122354 in reply to 122349
(i mean the one that is the "hello world" link)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 17:24 • by CapitalT
122356 in reply to 122298
they made me put a name down, as if it mattered!:
A programmer who doesn't get Monty Python references? Now there's a WTF!


There is a little thing called "the rest of the world" outside your little cave, check it out sometime!

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 17:48 • by J. B. Rainsberger (unregistered)
122359 in reply to 122286
Maybe he was using the latest Microsoft voice recognition software.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 17:51 • by J. B. Rainsberger (unregistered)
122360 in reply to 122359
I'm lame. I replied too quickly. Ignore me.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-23 20:00 • by Josh (unregistered)
Reminds me of the time my Mom crashed WordPerfect by falling asleep on "z" key.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-24 00:05 • by Rob Caron (unregistered)
Thanks for catching this...<url>http://blogs.msdn.com/robcaron/archive/2007/02/23/1750153.aspx</url>.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-24 00:06 • by Rob Caron (unregistered)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-24 02:33 • by woohoo (unregistered)
122386 in reply to 122325
trianglman:
he managed to get a "G0D" in there too! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuwesome.

Derrick Pallas:
The cool thing is that when you Base64 decode that, you get

GIF89a\001\000\001\000\200\000\000\377\377\377\000\000\000!\371\004\001\000\000\000\000,\000\000\000\000\001\000\001\000\000\002\002D\001\000;
go ahead and type

data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

into the address bar of a browser near you.. it's just a spacer GIF that is being used as a data:uri; ironically, Internet Explorer DOES NOT support data:uri. I believe that when that browser can't display an image and the image has no alt text, it uses the URL as the alt text.


Does this mean god really is in all the empty spaces?


*that* was a good one ;o)

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-24 03:11 • by anonymous workaholic (unregistered)
What's really sad is that after the tech writer died, no one has yet completed the documentation. Countless database admins try to set up mirroring by following the instructions, go on to install another instance of SQL Server and then... nothing. How do you actually make the other SQL Server instance act as a mirror? No one knows.

Re: Unsolved Murder

2007-02-24 06:24 • by Eternal Density (unregistered)
So they have a Susan on the team but not a Mark. Or maybe it was Paula?
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