• (cs)

    TRWTF is Boston Acoustics speakers. They're so bright and cheap-sounding. You couldn't pay me to use them.

  • Anonypony (unregistered)
    "Knowing how sketchy the data is that I'm importing, 'a wizard' just won't do - I need an A-List Wizard to look things over," writes Josh P..

    Am I the only one who has no idea what this is referring to? The dialog box says "Would you like a wizard to analyze my table". Where did "A-List Wizard" come from? (And besides, Harry Potter is more like a C-List wizard [and a D-List movie]).

    Captcha: saluto -- This site has reached a new low. I saluto your lack of effort!

  • (cs) in reply to Krunt
    Krunt:
    Good grief, these were desperately unfunny. What's happening to this site lately, does anything even mildly out of place on a UI now qualify as a WTF?
    Okay, how's this?

    Watching a restaurant review show last night with the closed-captioning turned on (because people on public television tend to mumble), I learned that one of the reviewers had ordered "secured chicken". (Those who could make out her speech better than I insist she said "skewered chicken".)

  • (cs)
  • Joe (unregistered) in reply to operagost

    Yes, but can you buy seven?

  • Insensitive Claude (unregistered) in reply to Captain Oblivious
    Captain Oblivious:
    I could potentially make a pretty snazzy set of speakers for $20 and the cost of some wood.
    If we had some bacon we could make bacon and eggs, if we had some eggs.
  • Insensitive Claude (unregistered) in reply to Krunt
    Krunt:
    Good grief, these were desperately unfunny. What's happening to this site lately?
    All the really good WTFs have been done already. There is nothing new under the sun.
  • Reductio Ad Ridiculousum (unregistered) in reply to Klimax
    Klimax:
    Sigivald:
    Seriously.

    Do the guy who sent that in and the editor both not know that an underlined letter in a Windows application on a control indicates that you hit alt-<letter> to select the control from the keyboard?

    It's a keyboard shortcut hint, a standard Windows UI element.

    There is absolutely zero WTF there - other than that someone somehow thought that was one.

    And it exists for a long time. (At least Windows 95)

    Try the 70's. Google "IBM Common User Access wiki". Fkeys, underline keys, etc. were all defined then.

  • Reductio Ad Ridiculousum (unregistered) in reply to Ozz
    Ozz:
    TRWTF is self checkouts. Last time I looked, checking out and bagging groceries was a paying gig. If a store wants me to check out and bag stuff then they need to pay me to do so.
    Me too. I go wait in line. They're not going to take advantage of me!
  • Jay (unregistered) in reply to Anonypony
    Anonypony:
    "Knowing how sketchy the data is that I'm importing, 'a wizard' just won't do - I need an A-List Wizard to look things over," writes Josh P..

    Am I the only one who has no idea what this is referring to? The dialog box says "Would you like a wizard to analyze my table". Where did "A-List Wizard" come from? (And besides, Harry Potter is more like a C-List wizard [and a D-List movie]).

    Captcha: saluto -- This site has reached a new low. I saluto your lack of effort!

    Yeah, the WTF in thinking this is a WTF.

    The 'wizards' have been in Microsoft Access (Windows really) forever, although 'guide' might be a better word for most of them.

    The 'Table wizard' - aka 'Table analyser' is used to normalise your table, plus it complains about typos etc.

    You pick which fields you want to split out to lookup tables; it'll create a new table for them and add the primary/foreign keys.

    It'll also generate a query matching what the original table looked like.

    Kinda handy at times.

    Of course the 'Access sucks' crowd have never actually used Access, so 'lol wtf I don't get it'.

  • (cs)

    I wonder what Jeff L did to break the page, because that's not how it normally looks. Looks like the CSS is missing, at least.

  • iannakin (unregistered)

    The second one is just the CSS not being loaded. Could be on the client side. It happens often.

  • Captain Oblivious (unregistered) in reply to Insensitive Claude
    Insensitive Claude:
    Captain Oblivious:
    I could potentially make a pretty snazzy set of speakers for $20 and the cost of some wood.
    If we had some bacon we could make bacon and eggs, if we had some eggs.

    I have both bacon and eggs. I also have some wood and experience designing speaker cabinets for drivers, given their spec sheet. And I have the tools to make them.

    You can make any speaker driver sound pretty snazzy if you put it in the right cabinet and drive it with good power. My power amplifier is plenty good enough.

    So yes, I'd love to buy some bargain speaker drivers and wood for a fun project.

  • Chris P (unregistered) in reply to operagost

    Yeah, it's right out of Electronics Goldmine. It even says so on the rest of the page, that's carefully cropped out.

  • srgh (unregistered) in reply to Souper
    Souper:
    New Covent Garden Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup http://www.newcoventgardensoup.com/products/butternut-squash-bacon/
    why wouldn't they just say "Pumpkin and Bacon Soup?" (or Squash and Bacon if we insist on it)
  • Wass ist Dass? (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    The placeholder "hkhdkhkd" definitely is something special - google for it and you'll find the webpage with the cleaning instructions immediately (the only other webpage being today's article in The Daily WTF).
    HINT: Enigma Machine, Reels 4,5,3 and key SAA
  • Bill G (unregistered) in reply to Philip Newton
    Philip Newton:
    Alex Papadumbass:
    By the way, what's wrong with the spreadsheet import one? It is referring to the spreadsheet import wizard or some such utility, right? Not the best choice of words, perhaps.

    The choice of words thing, I think. They're using computer programmer jargon without realising that that's not the language that end users will necessarily be familiar with -- the people who wrote the message knew what a wizard was but others would probably not.

    Although Access isn't really something that end users would be importing data into (they'd be pasting it to Excel). (I guess I take the point that originally Access was meant to be usable by mongies)

  • np (unregistered) in reply to srgh
    srgh:
    Souper:
    New Covent Garden Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup http://www.newcoventgardensoup.com/products/butternut-squash-bacon/
    why wouldn't they just say "Pumpkin and Bacon Soup?" (or Squash and Bacon if we insist on it)

    Because squash is fairly ambiguous. Pumpkin could also be ambiguous and is commonly not butternut squash.

    "New Covent Garden" part being a company.

  • boB (unregistered) in reply to Jay
    Jay:
    Anonypony:
    "Knowing how sketchy the data is that I'm importing, 'a wizard' just won't do - I need an A-List Wizard to look things over," writes Josh P..

    Am I the only one who has no idea what this is referring to? The dialog box says "Would you like a wizard to analyze my table". Where did "A-List Wizard" come from? (And besides, Harry Potter is more like a C-List wizard [and a D-List movie]).

    Captcha: saluto -- This site has reached a new low. I saluto your lack of effort!

    Yeah, the WTF in thinking this is a WTF.

    The 'wizards' have been in Microsoft Access (Windows really) forever, although 'guide' might be a better word for most of them.

    The 'Table wizard' - aka 'Table analyser' is used to normalise your table, plus it complains about typos etc.

    You pick which fields you want to split out to lookup tables; it'll create a new table for them and add the primary/foreign keys.

    It'll also generate a query matching what the original table looked like.

    Kinda handy at times.

    Of course the 'Access sucks' crowd have never actually used Access, so 'lol wtf I don't get it'.

    The WTF is two-fold. First, the long time WTF of calling these guide programs "Wizards" to begin with, giving the mistaken impression that they will magically fix everything.

    This leads to the second WTF -- if you lead the user into believing the Wizard will fix everything, then why would they need a second Wizard? Shouldn't the first one be powerful enough to magically do the entire job? I guess not if it's not an "A-List" Wizard.

    Those of you thinking the WTF has something to do with the underlined letter (i.e. keyboard shortcut), where in the world are you getting that idea? They circled the entire option for starting a second Wizard, they didn't point to the underline as if that's anything special. No WTF intended there.

  • Robin Bobcat (unregistered) in reply to Letatio

    ... isn't that one of the tables IKEA sells?

  • Neil (unregistered) in reply to Passing Whimsy
    Passing Whimsy:
    "I cannot read the fiery spreadsheet," said Frodo in a quavering voice.

    "No," said Gandalf, "but I can. The letters are CP1252, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Redmond, which I will not utter here."

    Ancient mode would be EBCDIC, but I guess that was never used by Redmond, so I would have to go for CP437 instead.

  • ForFoxSake (unregistered)

    It's almost as if these pics are being photoshopped for entertainment purposes. Some are too obvious to even be entertaining.

  • StewartM. (unregistered)

    Must be something in the tubes: I came here to post my own 135 year Network Connect WTF. For Remco's benefit, I did click 'Extend' so I guess we'll see who survives longest?

  • PB (unregistered)

    Sexing is a perfectly normal verb in farming circles. It simply means determining the sex of. Usually by presence or absence of a member I admit.

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