• dotnetguy591 (unregistered)

    Context?

    Is this MS code or a custom wrapper?

  • Jam (unregistered)

    Yay, go Microsof!

  • aa (unregistered)

    Thout be a style checker, not spell checker

  • seejay (cs)

    Now that's funny!

    -- Seejay

  • Top Cod3r (unregistered)

    Hmm, seems more like an ironic typo than a WTF.

  • MattHuntington (cs)

    I don't think it's funny at all to have something misspelled before you have the spell checker installed. :P

  • jaspax (cs)

    It occurs to me that this might not be a spelling error per se, but an off-by-one bug in an internal string length calculation. The programmer might have forgotten to count final NULL, or counted final NULL when he shouldn't have, or something of the sort.

  • Welbog (cs)

    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?

  • Obi Wan (unregistered)

    I'll bet "Bob", MS programming consultant from India, spell checked that dialogue himself. ;)

  • eh? (unregistered)

    I'd bet that this isn't even real..... my money is on a simple Photoshop to make a slightly funny image.

  • SB (unregistered)

    Could be that the text box used to display the status message isn't long enough for that text.

  • rawsteak (cs)

    obviously spell checker hasn't been installed yet, so how was it supposed to correct itself when it wasn't even already installed on itself to correct itself with the proper wordlist to be spelled correctly to check itself?

  • Don Imus (unregistered)

    amen brother

  • Novus (cs) in reply to Welbog
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?
    Badly.
  • bpk (unregistered)

    this reminds me of a funny Fox Trot comic from over 10 years ago.

    "Mary hat hey lid tell lam its fleas was wide as know" if you want to feel superior to a computer

  • Pilothaz (cs) in reply to Welbog
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?

    Vrey Deep.

  • webhamster (cs) in reply to eh?
    eh?:
    I'd bet that this isn't even real..... my money is on a simple Photoshop to make a slightly funny image.

    I'm with you. I'm calling shenanigans on this. Hell you don't even need Photoshop, you could cut out that extra l with Paint.

  • Phat Wednesday (unregistered) in reply to eh?
    eh?:
    I'd bet that this isn't even real..... my money is on a simple Photoshop to make a slightly funny image.

    ding!

  • bairy (cs)

    I believe it's real.

    I once had a message from auto updates that said "Your updates have been installed succesfully. To complete installation you must restart your computer." It then asked if I wanted to restart: Yes or Yes?

  • unklegwar (cs)

    Huh. Odd.

    I submitted that same EXACT screenshot weeks ago.

    I'll assume that there's a huge backlog of screenies and "Marty" submitted even before that.

  • unklegwar (cs) in reply to Phat Wednesday

    It's real. I submitted it too.

    I still have the capture in My Documents

  • Critter (cs)

    It seems to me that there was a portion of NT, and therefore XP, that was taken from, or built similarly to, VMS.

    Anybody remember a program called VMSINSTAL?

    Well, here is its reincarnation.

  • Bobbo (unregistered) in reply to unklegwar
    unklegwar:
    I still have the capture in My Documents

    Don't you mean "captcha"? Remember where you are!

  • AdT (unregistered) in reply to Welbog
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?

    That depends on how much wood the woodchuck would chuck if the woodchuck could chuck wood.

    Captcha: prates (oops, tpyo!)

  • Anon (unregistered)

    I could imagine creating a fun (but totally pointless) installation dialog that started out full of misspellings and then gradually corrected them as the spell checker installation progressed.

  • Bezalel (unregistered)

    I just checked my dictionary and found that instal is a valid alternate spelling. Is there something else I should be looking for?

  • CornedBee (unregistered)

    There a jurisimprudence law that states:

    "Whenever someone in a debate corrects another poster's spelling or grammar, he/she will make a spelling or grammar error doing so."

    I guess that's just the extension of the same to machines.

  • phaedrus (cs)

    I saw this right after having a conversation with my wife (over IM) about typos and mistakes. We're both Unix geeks and grammar nazis, so we use ed/sed/perl notation to note corerctions in previous comments: eg s/rerc/rrec/.

    Anyway, it was well timed.

    So, would an instaler load an older version of a program over the latest and roll your data back by 10 years?

  • phaedrus (cs) in reply to Bezalel
    Bezalel:
    I just checked my dictionary and found that instal is a valid alternate spelling. Is there something else I should be looking for?

    Huh. Merriam-Webster lists it as a "chiefly British variant of INSTALL" and as we all know, they can't even spell 'color' right over there.

    (And, OMG am I so @!#$ing kidding...)

  • Control_Alt_Kaboom (cs) in reply to phaedrus
    phaedrus:
    ed/sed/perl notation to note corerctions in previous comments: eg s/rerc/rrec/.
    I do that!

    BTW: s/corerctions/corrections/

  • Grayswandir (unregistered)

    This has been doctored. There are no artifacts beside the final L, and coincidentally, that is by far the easiest letter to write over. Not a real error.

  • anon (unregistered)

    It's either fake or the text got cut off, e.g. if the text was put in a label that wasn't wide enough. You can see an extra cleartype line next to the final L.

  • Daniel Beardsmore (cs) in reply to Grayswandir
    Grayswandir:
    This has been doctored. There are no artifacts beside the final L, and coincidentally, that is by far the easiest letter to write over. Not a real error.

    shrug Installers in my experience frequently screw up progress text like that. Who said anyhing about a missing final letter? Maybe it's meant to say "Preparing to install Spelling and Grammar/Style Checker".

    How about this one?

    There's room for 9,999,999,999 seconds in the time readout and I am tickled to see the installer fitting me out with bonus hard drive space.

    For good measure, since bairy brought up stupid buttons:

    From Arne Johannessen, this one gives you a choice of Cancel and Cancel when you get an error reading drive E. Though neither button did anything anyway.

  • jebus (unregistered)

    a) complaining about grammar when it's actually spelling

    b) complaining about spelling when it's actually a typo

    c) the real wtf

  • The MAZZTer (cs)

    This reminds me of some programs which size GUI elements (checkboxes and labels mostly) just enough to fit the text... while forgetting that the font used is USER DEFINABLE. Plus it CHANGES from Windows version to Windows version. When switching from XP's Tahoma to Vista's Segoe UI or any other font, the text overruns the control boundries and gets wrapped and cut off so you can't read it all. Very annoying. RivaTuner is the latest example of this I've come across. Easy fix is to just stretch your checkboxes to fit the available space instead of making them juuuust big enough to fit the text. If you have 100px of horizontal space for your checkbox and text, make it 100px wide. No reason not to.

    .NET 2 has a nice feature where it'll dynamically resize checkboxes on runtime so all the text is displayed in whatever font is being used, so you never need to worry about its size. That's even better most of the time.

  • Can't be bothered to log in (unregistered) in reply to Bezalel
    Bezalel:
    I just checked my dictionary and found that instal is a valid alternate spelling. Is there something else I should be looking for?

    I'm quoting this because apparently nobody has noticed the original yet.

    The real WTF is that anybody would write and publish an article making fun of somebody's spelling without even checking that there is really a mistake.

    install |ɪnˌstɔːl| ( Brit. also instal)

  • Kiss me I'm Polish (cs) in reply to Welbog
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?
    Very clever, young man, but there are spell checkers one on top of another to the very bottom.
  • dkf (unregistered) in reply to The MAZZTer
    The MAZZTer:
    .NET 2 has a nice feature where it'll dynamically resize checkboxes on runtime so all the text is displayed in whatever font is being used, so you never need to worry about its size. That's even better most of the time.
    You mean they've finally decided to do what some other more-professional toolkits have been doing for 15 years or more? About time...
  • kanenas.net (unregistered)

    Smells like Photoshop to me !

  • Thief^ (cs)

    I have a screenshot of a HP download manager somewhere (downloading the updated OS for my pocket pc iirc) saying "Download Progress: 105%" with the progress bar going off the end of its box.

    Good job it was only downloading the new OS, not updating my pocket pc with it, or I'd probably have a nice shiny brick now.

  • Grobbendonk (unregistered) in reply to Phat Wednesday

    [quote user="Phat Wednesday"][quote user="eh?"]I'd bet that this isn't even real..... my money is on a simple Photoshop to make a slightly funny image.[/quote]

    Nah, I had an install to do today, so I kept a close eye on it - definitely a real slepping mistake.

  • Sgt. Preston (unregistered) in reply to Welbog
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?
    It wasn't. It was the unspell-checked spell-checker that began all spell-checking six thousand years ago and needed no spell checking. And if you deny it, you're a heretic and you will spend eternity forced to read bad spelling.
  • Somer Himpson (unregistered) in reply to Sgt. Preston
    Sgt. Preston:
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?
    It wasn't. It was the unspell-checked spell-checker that began all spell-checking six thousand years ago and needed no spell checking. And if you deny it, you're a heretic and you will spend eternity forced to read bad spelling.

    AMNE

  • Jim (unregistered) in reply to Can't be bothered to log in
    Can't be bothered to log in:
    Bezalel:
    I just checked my dictionary and found that instal is a valid alternate spelling. Is there something else I should be looking for?

    I'm quoting this because apparently nobody has noticed the original yet.

    The real WTF is that anybody would write and publish an article making fun of somebody's spelling without even checking that there is really a mistake.

    install |ɪnˌstɔːl| ( Brit. also instal)

    As a proud Briton I can honestly say that I've never seen that alternate spelling ever used.

    The real WTF is that you'd think of looking up the spelling for such a simple 7 letter word just to check if there's any obscure or obsolete spellings that would support your argument.

  • bramster (unregistered)

    The "real" WTF is that there are so many "real WTFs".

    Almost like religions. . .

    captcha. . . tesla

    I recoil

  • AdT (unregistered) in reply to Control_Alt_Kaboom
    Control_Alt_Kaboom:
    BTW: s/corerctions/corrections/

    BTW: Whooosh!

    Grayswandir:
    This has been doctored. There are no artifacts beside the final L, and coincidentally, that is by far the easiest letter to write over. Not a real error.

    That makes no sense whatsoever. Artifacts are introduced by JPEG compression. No matter what the original format was, if you removed the second l and saved the image as JPEG, then you have no control over where artifacts appear and where they don't appear.

    Let's say the screenshot was taken as raw RGB directly into GIMP (well, that's the tool I would use), then the l was removed, and then the file was saved as JPEG. Now whether there are artifacts next to the remaining l or not is sheer coincidence.

  • NotAnEnglishMajor (unregistered) in reply to Obi Wan
    Obi Wan:
    I'll bet "Bob", MS programming consultant from India, spell checked that dialogue himself. ;)

    Would that be the Microsoft Bob?

  • ParkinT (cs)

    Reminds me of this photo I took.

  • AdT (unregistered) in reply to ParkinT
    ParkinT:
    Reminds me of this photo I took.

    Which in turn reminds me of people who write things like "health ensurance".

  • EvanED (cs) in reply to Kiss me I'm Polish
    Kiss me I'm Polish:
    Welbog:
    If every spell-check installer is spell checked by the previous spell checker, how was the first spell checker spell checked?
    Very clever, young man, but there are spell checkers one on top of another to the very bottom.

    Ha, beautiful. I wish I were half that clever.

    I don't get the "paint your house" photo...

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