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Out of Office AutoReply: Gone to ESC Boston

Is "Out of Office AutoReply" the most annoying software in the world? it really means "I will not be reading your message for a while, if ever, and here are some people who won't respond either. Have a nice day". It has some quality competition, of course.

I am no Microsoft-hater but my personal anti-favourite is the Windows networking message "You have little or no connectivity". This one really bugs me since it so unhelpfully dodges the issue. As far as I can tell it only happens when your PC has failed to get an IP address and is not connected to the network. Your connectivity is not limited. It is non-existant. Nothing is getting through, matey-boy, but we're not going to tell you why. In some bizarre attempt to soften the blow of having to address a problem someone decided that the best plan is to simply not tell you anything about it. Not helpful! In England, people who write software like this are known as "gits". I've found no reliable translation into American but it is one of my favourite words so please feel free to insert your own desired meaning and use "git" liberally.

Anyway, I am travelling to ESC in Boston today and so it is time to set up the "Out of Office AutoReply" message, ignore email for three days, pig out on expenses-paid lobster, and generally indulge myself in some quintessentially gittish behaviour!

 

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