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By ReallyEvilCanine (Thu May 04, 2006 at 04:44:05 AM EST) A Day in the Life, cubicle, fucktards, bunnies, LOL What, WTF, pie (all tags)

HELP!!!!1!11 Your system is broken!


None of the graphics are being transmitted! Everything works in Development but Production is down! We followed the guide exactly!

I'm sure.

OK, send me the Web server information and log as well as the logs from $OurBigApp. Also send me a full directory listing for the Web server. Oh, and a screenshot while you're at it. You never know.

x-posted from da brog

Sure enough, the Web logs showed error 404s (file not found) for most graphic files. I looked at the directory listing and the graphics were in their directories. The screenshot showed few of our graphics being displayed properly, like the splash screen and some arrows.

And then it hit me.

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Despite some strict rules (or rather, thanks to the lax enforcement of them), I occasionally send mails around with a few fun links or an appropriate picture gleaned from some site or another that I waste my employer's time reading.

One time I thought I'd embedded a picture in a reply to a mail beggin for someone to please take a ticket for a problem no one knew anything about.

pancake bunny

Except I hadn't embedded the picture. Windows was helpful so while I actually saw the picture in the mail before hitting send, no one else could access the shortcut to C:\Documents and Settings\REC\Desktop\pics\pancake_bunny.jpg.

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I asked the customer to send me the Web templates. Sure enough, they were full of "C:\Documents and Settings\JoeBlow\My Pictures\$OurBigApp\Graphics\*". The twit had made new templates with Dreamweaver or something similar and had used drag-n-drop to add new images.

It would've been a lot funnier if he'd saved the graphics to a shared directory on his notebook computer. The LoadRunner testing would've smoked his laptop's drive.

Root Cause: 17-Fuckwit.

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WIPO: Boiler by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu May 04, 2006 at 04:55:25 AM EST

Just a note by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu May 04, 2006 at 05:12:41 AM EST
That's pretty easy to do.

OTOH, it's also easy to find the reason.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

Am I being stupid? by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu May 04, 2006 at 06:15:52 AM EST
Or did you just use section 3 to take the piss out of someone for doing something you did in section 2, but blamed Windows for?

Let me introduce you to my friends Scale and Scope by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu May 04, 2006 at 06:32:03 AM EST
I dropped an unimportant attachment in MS LookOut which I normally have set to test-only anyway.

Bonehead did development on a 3000-seat installation using some crappy page editor and never even tested it outside of his own laptop before trying to roll out.

Easy to do? Yes, hence my own anecdote. Easy to catch? Hells yeah! Any excuse for not testing a system properly before trying to roll it out? I can't think of one.

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