All Pop-up Potpourri

A collection of humorous and off-beat, generally computer-generated, error messages.

18 Jan 2007

Chocolate Covered SQL

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2007-01-18

Matt M, there is no dialog there. You see nothing ...

91 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
02 Jan 2007

Pop-up Potpourri: The Really Windy City

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2007-01-02

For many, many more, check out the previous article from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: The -693926 Days of Christmas


A lot of companies take that extra effort to handwrite the notes that their customers' enter online; it's a lot more personal than a print out. The Heavenly Ham delivery guy handing David Oranchak this personalized greeting from relatives. I think somewhere down the line they have a bug in translating their HTML ...

73 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
08 Dec 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: The -693926 Days of Christmas

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-12-08

For many, many more, check out the previous article from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: It's Getting a Little NaN Outside


I suppose this is a bit late, but Richard was a little suspicious of some of the election results ...

116 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
10 Nov 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: It's Getting a Little NaN Outside

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-11-10

For many, many more, check out the previous article from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: You Can Quote Me On That


I can't say that Tor was really surprised when the Help button responded with a "no help topic associated with this item" ...

121 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
20 Oct 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: You Can Quote Me On That

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-10-20

For many, many more, check out the previous article from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Perpetually in Beta.


I was completely blown away by the insightfulness of this quote that Tim O'Keefe came across ...

162 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
08 Sep 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Perpetually in Beta

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-09-08

For many, many more, check out the previous article from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Givin' It 120%


I suppose it's for the better that Octoshape errored out on Michael Hirsh. They may seem primitive, but the natives -- they're peaceful, really!

131 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
25 Aug 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Givin' It 120%

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-08-25

No, it hasn't been a whole month already, I'm just clearing out a large backlog of submissions.

For many, many more, check out the previous post from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Announced By God.


110 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
11 Aug 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Announced By God

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-08-11

For many more, check out the previous post from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Julialicious


Steven Reitsma must not have heard. For those who missed it: a few weeks ago, God endorsed Symantec's latest anti-popup software.

168 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
07 Jul 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Julialicious

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-07-07

For many more, check out the previous post from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: June Bugs.


Let's start things off with Carl Witthoft, who received this pop-up survey after searching for some information at hellomoto.com ...

143 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
02 Jun 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: June Bugs

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-06-02

For many more, check out the previous post from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Mayday Edition


"Not so impressed" pretty much describes how Jeff Handley feels about Microsoft Office Picture Manager's compression algorithm ...

147 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
12 May 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Mayday Edition

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-05-12

For many more, check out the previous post from the series, Pop-up Potpourri: Tax Time Edition


In case you were wondering why time moved backwards for a few minutes several weeks ago, it was because Jason decided to click the Apply button in eMagic's Logic Platinum ...

110 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
07 Apr 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Tax Time Edition

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-04-07

For many more, check out the previous post from the series ... Pop-up Potpourri: Octopurri


When it comes to Digital Rights Management, some software requires that you enter a license key code from the CD case to verify that you own it. Other software verifies the license with Internet Activation. TaxCut's License Verification program, as Kyle Trauberman noticed, just asks nicely ...

109 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
10 Mar 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Octopurri

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-03-10

For many more, check out the previous post from the series ... Pop-up Potpourri: Se7en Deadly Messages


Just before reaching the End of the Internet, Bart B found the file "everything.sit", which apparently contained all knowledge in the universe. Fortunately, StuffIt let's you play solitare while it takes the next 2.3 million 230 thousand years to expand the file ...

105 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
03 Feb 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Se7en Deadly Messages

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-02-03

It's that time again! Link to the previous: Pop-up Potpourri: Sixth Time is the Charm.


Let's kick it off with this message that Alberto Martinez Perez came across while visiting some fairly obscure news site. I wonder what the code for this Javascript-based Javascript detector might look like ...

75 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
06 Jan 2006

Pop-up Potpourri: Sixth Time is the Charm

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2006-01-06

Just in case you missed last month's, you can find it here: Pop-up Potpourri: ?????(p???? Edition.


Juha Nieminen was surprised to see that he could actually take a stroll around the planet before his 4GB-worth-of movies finished copying ...

117 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
09 Dec 2005

Pop-up Potpourri: ?????(p???? Edition

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-12-09

You should know what these are all about by now ... here's the last one in case you missed it: Episode IV.


David Mills saved this MS Outlook error a few years back and was happy to see that it has found its place here. Me? I prefer to call those "Unexpected Error Exceptions". But I guess this works too ...

44 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
18 Nov 2005

Pop-up Potpourri: Episode IV

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-11-18

It's that time again! And in case you missed it, here's episode III: Pop-up Potpourri: Aracde Edition.


William Highfield was installing an application and was confronted with this dialog box that was, apparently, referring to the other English (United States) language.

103 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
14 Oct 2005

Pop-up Potpourri: Arcade Edition

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-10-14

These never get old for me. And surprisingly, I was able to collect a decent mix since the last Pop-up Potpourri.

We'll start with my personal favorite, from Craig Bowes ...

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02 Sep 2005

Pop-Up Potpourii: Mess O' Messages

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-09-02

If you've been a reading this site for while, you probably remember the Pop-Up Potpourri (and the Redux) from a while back. Well, I've collected another good mix of messages, so here's episode three ...

I've heard a lot of people complain that when you make the tools to build software too easy to use, it ends up making bad code. I necessarily don't buy that argument, but I have to admit it's pretty convincing when people like Matt Groves send in things like SQL Server DTS Wizard complaining about valid code

109 Comments - Last Comment @ 00:16
24 Jun 2005

A Pop-Up Potpourii Redux

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-06-24

A couple months back, I posted a handful of different error messages that readers sent in. Quite a few of you replied to the post, adding even more error messages. That worked out very well, so here's to trying it again ...

First up is TomA, who came across this message while installing Britannica 2003. Some people believe in simply disabling the Minimize button. Others just tempt you with clicking it. Ironically, the installation failed despite the fact that Tom didn't click the "-" ...

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22 Apr 2005

A Pop-Up Potpourri

by Alex Papadimoulis in Pop-up Potpourri on 2005-04-22

Hope ya don't mind another code-free day, but these pop-up messages were too good to pass up ... feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

Our first comes from Corey A. Spitzer. I have honestly never had such a strong desire to click an OK button in my life ...

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