Unsolved Murder

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  • Nick 2007-02-23 12:32
    I was kinda expecting an "Aaaaaauuuuuuuuugh" line there.
  • Mark 2007-02-23 12:32
    FirsttttttTTTTTAAAAAAAWEEEEEEEEEEAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO -
  • OMG 2007-02-23 12:42

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  • A Nonny Mouse 2007-02-23 12:43
    he managed to get a "G0D" in there too! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuwesome.
  • BradC 2007-02-23 12:44
    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!
  • JK 2007-02-23 12:48
    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.
  • LP 2007-02-23 12:54
    Beat me to it. We're all geeks here.
  • sootzoo 2007-02-23 12:57
    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...

  • Malfist 2007-02-23 12:59
    Made me think of ole' Monty
  • cyberscythe 2007-02-23 13:05
    The "AAA..." is funny, but I think the "Ow" part at the end makes it a masterpiece.
  • EvanED 2007-02-23 13:09
    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.
  • Alan 2007-02-23 13:14
    For an "Unsolved" murder, we sure do seem to know quite a lot about it.
  • Zylon 2007-02-23 13:23
    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.
  • BF 2007-02-23 13:30
    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!
  • Alexander Strange 2007-02-23 13:31
    BradC:
    Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:


    http://xkcd.com/c16.html
  • ntxpaaaaaa 2007-02-23 13:36
    Anyone know if I can install that on earlier versions, or will I have to upgrade to Windows 2005R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== first?
  • they made me put a name down, as if it mattered! 2007-02-23 13:36
    A programmer who doesn't get Monty Python references? Now there's a WTF!
  • Nytmare 2007-02-23 13:36
    Being bludgeoned to death with your own keyboard could be a reference to Gattaca.
  • strictnein 2007-02-23 13:39
    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!
  • Bert 2007-02-23 13:45
    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.
  • Derrick Pallas 2007-02-23 13:47
    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.
  • Mike 2007-02-23 13:47
    It looked like it was Base 64 encoded, so I decoded it and got: ÛM9GIF89aÿÿÿ!ù,D;

    I think it's a clue.
  • Mike 2007-02-23 13:49
    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.
  • EvanED 2007-02-23 13:54
    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.
  • ripos 2007-02-23 13:55
    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.
  • Masiosare 2007-02-23 13:59

    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!
  • Matthew 2007-02-23 14:04
    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.
  • Justin 2007-02-23 14:24
  • Otto 2007-02-23 14:24
    The actual page where this appears is here:

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa980629(vs.80).aspx
  • Kenny R. 2007-02-23 14:44
    Isn't that just the Hungarian notation for some sort of special string named 'w' ?
  • Blah Blah 2007-02-23 14:44
    Well commenting on quoting Python is only funny when you're not such a douche to begin with.
  • trianglman 2007-02-23 14:48
    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?
  • hk0 2007-02-23 14:52
    Now someone do that with 2-tone GIF porn
  • SkittlesAreYum 2007-02-23 15:34
    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.
  • webhamster 2007-02-23 15:57
    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".
  • aedinius 2007-02-23 16:09
    Finally, a TDWTF that made me laugh. Out loud. Uncontrollably.

    Captcha: doom (I'm gonna sing the doom song now!)
  • RobertB 2007-02-23 16:38
    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!
  • Right-hand of JPEG 2007-02-23 16:41
    Wait, God is a base64-encoded GIF?

    CAPTCHA: kung fu (My kung fu is base64-encoded GIFly!)
  • cracki 2007-02-23 16:48
    what is this image? i won't dare open it, because i've heard of GIF exploits before

    can anyone analyze that one?
  • Corona688 2007-02-23 17:02
    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.
  • cracki 2007-02-23 17:04
    (i mean the one that is the "hello world" link)
  • CapitalT 2007-02-23 17:24
    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!
  • J. B. Rainsberger 2007-02-23 17:48
    Maybe he was using the latest Microsoft voice recognition software.
  • J. B. Rainsberger 2007-02-23 17:51
    I'm lame. I replied too quickly. Ignore me.
  • Josh 2007-02-23 20:00
    Reminds me of the time my Mom crashed WordPerfect by falling asleep on "z" key.
  • Rob Caron 2007-02-24 00:05
    Thanks for catching this...<url>http://blogs.msdn.com/robcaron/archive/2007/02/23/1750153.aspx</url>.
  • Rob Caron 2007-02-24 00:06
  • woohoo 2007-02-24 02:33
    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)
  • anonymous workaholic 2007-02-24 03:11
    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.
  • Eternal Density 2007-02-24 06:24
    So they have a Susan on the team but not a Mark. Or maybe it was Paula?
  • Drahflow 2007-02-24 08:38
    This "IE does not support" explanation is only the first step of the real WTF...

    The text is really in the page-source of the microsoft link! Somebody must have copy-pasted it from some IE display into the documentation.
  • Lastchance 2007-02-24 10:35
    Eternal Density:
    So they have a Susan on the team but not a Mark. Or maybe it was Paula?
    Of course, Susan has to fix it, because Mark isn't there anymore. It's obviously a cover-up.
  • Zygo 2007-02-24 23:55
    JK:
    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.


    I'm not at all surprised to see a zillion people spotted base64 encoding, and some people even skipped the decoding step because they're already familiar with what base64-encoded-GIF looks like.

    What I am surprised at is that it took 16 whole minutes for someone to post it. C'mon, that's like 960 seconds! What were you doing for all that time? ;-)
  • anonymous 2007-02-25 11:06
    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.


    The "w==" part is a strong hint. Do you check your mail source often?
    I do to check phising tricks (people faking urls in creative ways).
  • Anonymous 2007-02-26 03:12
    Go to Google, bang your keyboard and press Search. You'll be surprised to know how many sites contain your random word.
  • Sid2K7 2007-02-26 06:43
    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?


    You, sir, are f'ing brilliant!

    Captcha: Ninjas. Ninjas are in all the empty spaces, too!
  • Alchymist 2007-02-26 08:17
    Eternal Density:
    So they have a Susan on the team but not a Mark. Or maybe it was Paula?


    Would that be Susan sto Helit?

    Hey - if we can have Monty Python then Terry Pratchett must be fair game!
  • TheJasper 2007-02-26 09:24
    Sid2K7:
    trianglman:


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


    You, sir, are f'ing brilliant!

    Captcha: Ninjas. Ninjas are in all the empty spaces, too!


    Here I am, trying to get into an empty space, only to find its filled with Ninjas and Supreme Beings.
  • div 2007-02-26 10:51
    trianglman:
    Does this mean god really is in all the empty spaces?

    Only the god of the gaps though...
  • Wene Gerchinko 2007-02-26 11:23
    Yeah, I'm getting a MAJOR CLUE too!
  • 8bitwizard 2007-02-28 12:39
    Just google for R0lGODlh for much amusement.

    Indeed, GOD is everywhere on teh intarwebnets.
  • Chris Clements 2007-02-28 16:48
    Without going into a lengthy and boring description of our publishing process, let me just say that we’ve learned the hard way that we cannot put a "token" in a link. We use tokens fairly regularly for things like product names. Then, when the marketing folks change a product name, we can make one simple change on the back end that will be rendered in every single instance in the documentation where the product is cited. Unless of course we messed it up by putting it in a link...

    But the main thing here is the unfortunate fact that Mark met his demise. My colleague, Paul Chapman – a group manager at Microsoft – claims to have been a close friend of Mark. As manager of the Team Foundation Server documentation team (and, indeed, on behalf of the team) my condolences go out to Paul. (For the record, I never saw Paul take Mark out for lunch or coffee.) Perhaps Mark was his very close imaginary friend and confidante. Lately, Paul had been drinking bad coffee and muttering to himself and we thank the reader who was able to place the final piece in the puzzle of Mark’s disappearance, because it means that our esteemed colleague Paul can get the help he so desperately needs.

    So thanks everyone. We can’t promise it’ll never happen again; but if it does, we’ll fix it.

    Chris Clements, Documentation Manager, Visual Studio Team Foundation

    Paul wrote the following tribute to his “friend” Mark:

    "Everyone – thank you for your concern for our former colleague and dear friend Mark, who died on October 18, 2006. Mark was a well-respected member of the Visual Studio Team Foundation documentation team (not SQL Server, as noted in your report). In addition to a very sly humor and love of strong coffee, he was always quick to help other technical writers finish their sentences, often doing so late at night after the unsuspecting beneficiary had gone home. Mark’s unfortunate demise had gone unsolved for months until his manager looked at an internal beta release of Microsoft Live Search Maps. As luck would have it, the new high resolution satellite imagery of the Microsoft building where Mark worked was taken on the very night of his murder as Sterling L was leaving. This serendipitous event has resulted in Mr. L awaiting trial in King County Superior court.

    "Our thoughts are with Mark’s family. He is survived by his mother, his dog, 4 cats, 3 parakeets, and a python named Judy. While some of us have argued for Mark’s last words to remain as a testament to his faithful service, the decree came down to fix the text, which you should see within the week."
  • susie 2008-10-19 16:32
    I am still investigating Donna's murder her birthday was October 16th and i still miss her, i need help from anyone who new anything. Donna Emmel was murdered on June 16 1975 in the Town of Newport, Cartret county , North Carolina Donna was my best friend she was 16 years old when she was murdered, Donna was last seen leaving a grill/arcade and was walking home across hwy 70 through a short cut to get to Easy street were we lived it was a small wooded area that all the kids cut through she was found in the ditch on the other side of the wooded area across the street from were we lived strange led and raped I always felt someone has some kind of information on this case and was afraid to say anything this is a small community were we all new each other I had heard some marine was a suspect or some other boys i don't know if this is true , but this case has never been solved and it is 33 years later please if you know anything or have any information please contact the Newport NC Police Department or Carteret county sheriff's department I would like for her to rest in peace and i don't think that can happen until this case is solved please help you can remain anonymous i do belive one day i will get help and this will be solved