Lyle Seaman


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This week's edition of Err'd gets off to a flying start with one that came in "over the transom" as t'were. Ordinarily, expired certs are a bit mundane for this column, but in this case, where this foible fetched up is at least worth a chuckle.

Jim M. wrote directly to the editor with this explanation. "If you're looking for compliance reports to prove that your cloud provider has solid security practices, be wary of this WTF with Azure. Quoting the site, SOC 2 Type 2 attestation report addresses the requirements set forth in the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), and the Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalogue (C5:2020) created by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Sounds impressive! The link for Azure DevOps SOC 2 Type 2 attestation report goes to this link,, which shows that the cert for this page has expired. Try it here: "

He's Got a Ticket to Ride

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We've had a rash of train troubles lately. If only I had saved them all, we could have enjoyed a first class special edition instead of squeezing them into economy. But here we are. First stop Budapest!

Magyar Máté murmurs from Switzerland "I seem to have a ticket into the void 😱" Make sure you pay for a round trip!

Time is Time in Time and Your Time

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Shocked sharer Rob J. blurts "I feel like that voltage is a tad high."

Horned Megafauna

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While we don't know the precise taxonomy of the fabled dilemma, this week's submissions include a few wild examples.

Jon has captured a classic sample of the anticancelling cancel, reporting "While bulk-deleting files from an S3 bucket, Amazon dangled a carrot in front of me only to cruelly whip it away at the last moment."

Trauma Bonding

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During this, America's national season of shared trauma, our regular contributor Mr. Bargle shares a bit of levity which may lighten your mood ever so slightly.

Argle Bargle explains

"My girlfriend is Thai. She speaks English, but not on an advanced level, so when we chat, I typically translate to Thai. I learned long ago to reverse the translation to make sure the translation says what I meant. My girlfriend took a leave of absence from her research position to be an entrepreneur. April 13-15 is the holiday of Songkran: Thailand's New Year celebration. She said she would too busy to chat with me until the 15th. I mentioned that the 15th is America's tax day. As a precaution, I translated it and then reversed. The attached image is clearly not an error, but it's a helluva WTF. On the left is LOL... tax day in the USA in Thai. On the right is.... OMG."

Time is Fleeting

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It's astounding...

The madness took its toll on Chris N. who highlighted Monday "Your Microsoft Teams is out of date! This is after pressing Calendar."

Time's Up

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Aspirational Caleb Su thinks this birth-year chooser is a WTF. "You have to be in at least 8th grade to join, meaning at the very latest you could be born in 2009." Not so, Caleb, not so! A precocious 8th grader might have been born as late as 2013. It could happen.

Dirty Deeds ... cheap.

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I saw my doctor this week and he told me I needed to go on a new diet. So here you go: all natural, no snark added.

Overachiever Bill T. reflected on his life achievements:
"I had to fill out demographic information - but is this really a cognitive test in disguise? Find your level of education!"