• Nick (unregistered)

    I was kinda expecting an "Aaaaaauuuuuuuuugh" line there.

  • Mark (unregistered)

    FirsttttttTTTTTAAAAAAAWEEEEEEEEEEAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO -

  • OMG (unregistered)
                                  ___-----------___
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  • A Nonny Mouse (unregistered)

    he managed to get a "G0D" in there too! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuwesome.

  • BradC (cs)

    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 (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.

  • LP (unregistered) in reply to JK

    Beat me to it. We're all geeks here.

  • sootzoo (cs)

    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 (unregistered)

    Made me think of ole' Monty

  • cyberscythe (cs)

    The "AAA..." is funny, but I think the "Ow" part at the end makes it a masterpiece.

  • EvanED (cs)

    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 (unregistered)

    For an "Unsolved" murder, we sure do seem to know quite a lot about it.

  • Zylon (cs) in reply to BradC
    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 (unregistered) in reply to Zylon
    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 (cs) in reply to BradC
    BradC:
    Nice. Here's the original, just so everyone's on the same page:

    http://xkcd.com/c16.html

  • ntxpaaaaaa (unregistered)

    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! (unregistered) in reply to BF

    A programmer who doesn't get Monty Python references? Now there's a WTF!

  • Nytmare (cs)

    Being bludgeoned to death with your own keyboard could be a reference to Gattaca.

  • strictnein (cs) in reply to ntxpaaaaaa
    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 (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.

  • Derrick Pallas (cs)

    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 (unregistered)

    It looked like it was Base 64 encoded, so I decoded it and got: ÛM9GIF89aÿÿÿ!ù,D;

    I think it's a clue.

  • 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.

  • EvanED (cs)

    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 (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.

  • Masiosare (unregistered) in reply to 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

    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 (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.

  • Justin (unregistered)
  • Otto (cs)

    The actual page where this appears is here:

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

  • Kenny R. (unregistered)

    Isn't that just the Hungarian notation for some sort of special string named 'w' ?

  • Blah Blah (unregistered) in reply to Zylon

    Well commenting on quoting Python is only funny when you're not such a douche to begin with.

  • trianglman (unregistered) in reply to Derrick Pallas
    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 (unregistered) in reply to Justin

    Now someone do that with 2-tone GIF porn

  • SkittlesAreYum (unregistered) in reply to Zylon
    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 (cs) in reply to Bert
    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 (unregistered)

    Finally, a TDWTF that made me laugh. Out loud. Uncontrollably.

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

  • RobertB (cs) in reply to Otto
    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 (unregistered) in reply to JK

    Wait, God is a base64-encoded GIF?

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

  • cracki (unregistered) in reply to Justin

    what is this image? i won't dare open it, because i've heard of GIF exploits before

    can anyone analyze that one?

  • Corona688 (cs) in reply to cracki
    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 (unregistered) in reply to cracki

    (i mean the one that is the "hello world" link)

  • CapitalT (cs) in reply to they made me put a name down, as if it mattered!
    they made me put a name down:
    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 (unregistered) in reply to EvanED

    Maybe he was using the latest Microsoft voice recognition software.

  • J. B. Rainsberger (unregistered) in reply to J. B. Rainsberger

    I'm lame. I replied too quickly. Ignore me.

  • Josh (unregistered)

    Reminds me of the time my Mom crashed WordPerfect by falling asleep on "z" key.

  • Rob Caron (unregistered)

    Thanks for catching this...<url>http://blogs.msdn.com/robcaron/archive/2007/02/23/1750153.aspx</url>.

  • Rob Caron (unregistered)
  • woohoo (unregistered) in reply to trianglman
    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 (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.

  • Eternal Density (unregistered)

    So they have a Susan on the team but not a Mark. Or maybe it was Paula?

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