Mark Bowytz

Besides contributing at @TheDailyWTF, I write DevDisasters for Visual Studio Magazine, and involved in various side projects including child rearing and marriage. Twitter: @mbowytz

The Parameter was NOT Set

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"Spotted this in front of a retro-looking record player in an Italian tech shop. I don't think anybody had any idea how to categorize it so they just left it up to the system," Marco D. writes.

Errors Don't Always Ad up

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"You know, I'm thinking that The guys working on AT&T's DIRECTV service must have not done well with fractions in school," Andrew T. writes.

Classic WTF: Working Around, Over and Through the Process

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It's still a holiday weekend in the US; after playing with fireworks yesterday, most of us have to spend today trying to find the fingers we lost. There are no fireworks in this classic story, but there may be some karma… Original --Remy

When Kevin landed a job at Townbank in the late 1980s, he came face-to-face with the same thing that thousands of newly minted developers had encountered before and since – there is more to being a corporate programmer than just writing code – there’s the process.

Second only, perhaps, to the strict rules commanded by the world’s religions, the process keeps the code consistent. Glory to the process – praised be the process - the process is good, the process should always be followed, and above all, the process is good for you!

Not That Kind of Chicken

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"I probably wouldn't pick that picture, but technically, Google isn't wrong," wrote Dan K.

Classic WTF: Emergency Faxes

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One of my first teenage jobs was to work as an office assistant. As this was the 90s, that meant I had to use and understand a fax machine. I… did not. The fax machine forever was a dark mystery to me, something that required strange incantations to work. As our summer break continues, at least I never caused this much trouble with the damn thing. Original --Remy

As far as technologies go, faxing is ancient. It predates the telephone by over a decade and, despite vast advances in scanning and email technology, the fax still remains a standard form of communication.

When a transmission goes out, the occasional telecommunication ‘hiccup’ or line noise can corrupt the fax. Most modern fax machines have some rudimentary error handling that will alerts the user that the fax should be resent.


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"I just logged in to StackOverlflow and gained two rep points! Wow, let's see who vot... uhmm... -20 +5 +10 +10 equals 2?" Ryan R. writes.

Do You Speak United States?

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Mark wrote, "A Computer Science Degree + a New York certification + ability to speak United States?...I'm the perfict fit!!"

Just Don't Look Too Closely

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"Balmuda's marketing has a lot to say about their products in Japan...just not in Japanese...or really in Latin either for that matter," writes Michael.