I don’t do errors, and my name isn’t Google

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For some reason, a lot of people come to me with a phrase that is like fingernails on a blackboard to me: “I have an error".

I try hard to be polite, so I usually don’t say what comes to mind immediately. Usually a variation on any of the following:

  • Good for you
  • That is nice
  • So do I, let get them together and see if we can breed them
  • And what do you want me to do about it?
  • ARGH!

The main problem is that this is usually all that is said. So it is a declaration of totally useless information.

Something that I find almost as offensive is asking me for information that is easily findable in Google.

Here is an example that demonstrate both of those issues:


I am not going to actually comment further. Suffice to say that this post is my way of taking out the frustration of having to do this yet again. And don’t get to gung ho on the actual example, that isn’t actually that important.

I wonder if I can get a title of Chief Google Searcher or something like that.