Funny error message and some old memories

Funny error message and some old memories

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In an attempt to "out-Raymond Raymond" (a common sport, it seems) I hereby post a funny error message from Windows 95:

'The Internet' cannot be stored in the Recycle Bin

Whoever thought that was a good message? It appeared when you tried to delete the icon on the desktop labelled "The Internet", in the glorious days of Internet Explorer 1.0

I actually came across this browsing some of my very old, pre-Microsoft posts on usenet. I thought they'd turn out to be quite embarrasing now, 8 years later, but from the few I've read they're actually not so bad (here and here)

Does anyone else hate the "feature" in IE where you select part of an address in the address bar (say the end of a querystring) and hit the delete key.... only to have IE immediately replace it with what you just deleted? It's an annoying bug in their "autocomplete" code that I wish they would fix. And when they fix that, they should fix the "delayed-action" selection of items in drop-down lists that mean the item you clicked on isn't necessarily the item that gets selected...

  • Yes, the auto-complete feature is horrible, so is the lack of CTRL-K to delete the rest of the line, leading to great confusion and difficulty when you're trying to paste part of an IE link into konqueror, if onlt we could have a truly unified configurable window manager, and not have to hack things together from all of over the place.
  • Speaking of Win 95 error messages, I once got the standard GPF message box, but the caption was "Windows 95", and the text was "Windows 95 has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." D'oh! ;)
  • That autocomplete drives me barmy! I use winkey+r a lot, having to double-backspace almost negates the benefit of being able to type the first three chars of pretty much any of my fave proggies that I want to launch.
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