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When Error Messages Cause a Scene

PC World: "When error messages go public, some funny dialog boxes pop up in conspicuous places at the worst possible time.

"I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that." With those icy words 2001's HAL set the gold standard for computer error messages: menacing, but not particularly informative. Sadly, in real life error messages tend to achieve these goals without even HAL's panache."

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