Skip to comments."Do not turn off your computer" [Grammar Vanity]
Posted on 01/12/2013 3:39:35 PM PST by re_nortex
I typically spend 94.37% of my computing time in the Solaris or Linux environments but today was one of those occasions when I ventured outside my comfort zone, launching into Windows 8 for a brief while. A series of updates were available and upon the recommended reboot, I was greeted with this message:
Windows Update: Do not turn off your computer.
Of course, the Unix platforms have never been noted for the precision of their error and informational messages (the notorious "not a typewriter" as a catchall for an invalid ioctl). Yet the syntax of the Microsoft message struck me as a bit odd, almost a bit like Pittsburghese. I would think a more apt phrasing would be Do not turn your computer off as a cautionary message while the updates were being applied.
I thank you again.
It is a good thing I did not write the code.
The message might very well have been, “WTF are you doing you dumb ****! Don’t turn off the ****ing computer during a ****ing code update!!
Well, there are the prescribers and the describers. Describers wave the white flag from the start, prescribers defend the fort.
We lost on “pro-active”, I admit, but “its” != “it’s”, sorry!
Mom? Is that you? I thought you were dead.
I know some coders that got in trouble for having colorful language in the debug code.
"Syscon **** the bed again"
We can't sell that in the final product!
Exactly so. Another pet peeve of mine:
To boldly go
When it should be:
To go boldly
I work on some fancy stuff that the engineers forgot to put serial ports on so I can look at basic processes.
Oh, there are workarounds but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to monitor the boot process on all the processors without the overall OS coming up?
|So Make It!|
A preposition is something you should never end a sentence with.
Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps one of the most manifestly religious presidents (at a convention Roosevelt cried out, “We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord,” and also made a 90 minute speech after being shot in the chest and bleeding - and carried the bullet for the rest of his life), was also a writer and reformer in that regard. He ordered the Government Printing Office to use new simplified spellings of 300 words. But due to strong opposition he rescinded the order.
If I'm bare metal on a system, I want that, and the ability to read and change the monitor program from the monitor program.
I've ported some stuff to the bitty little SBCs, and having an "Oh my!" port to examine memory can be a lifesaver.
Cooks can do that kind of stuff. ;)
In other words, with a preposition is something you should never a sentence end?
Can't shut a frigging politician up....
Beat me by two hours
BTW, I had one heck of a time finding a RS-232 to USB program that would work with windows 7 to run my Ten Tec RX320D, but I did finally find one and now it works like a hose.
I remember when UART was a big deal.
Back in the day, I helped develop a UART box that would let you command individual processors in a complex system when the main frames were offline.
Were you just joking when you wrote that?
3rd or 4th grade and we were working on parts of speech, and learning to identify prepositions... and the teacher said "A preposition is anywhere a cat can go". FLASH! There it was. Under, over, through, with, along, beside...
Made diagramming sentences ever so much easier.
It’s best to check the eggs before you bake the cake.
Were you just joking when you wrote that?
Absoutively. :-) Along with "I could care less", the widespread use of "should of" and "could of" are the little annoyances of which I shall no longer put...up...with. Pshaw!
Grammatically, there is nothing wrong with the sentence.
Classic. Bad things happen when the magic smoke escapes!
I had a feeling I was being sucked in with facetiousness. Tricksters abound! ;^)
Read the source, Luke.
It's not a bug, it's a feature.
Did I buy a used truck from you once? heh
Nope. Never sold used vehicles. Much.
“Because turn and off have to be together. Turn your computer off is incorrect. Turn off your computer is correct. Learn English.”
No, they don’t. Either is acceptable. English has hugely flexible word order, and turn off is not, as someone seemed to think, an infinitive. It is a phrasal verb that with a non-pronoun object can be split or not split. With a pronoun object, it must be split i.e. turn it off, not turn off it.
Also, if you are one of those grammar experts, it is most correct (at least in America) to place a reference within the comma or period (Jn. 3:16) or after it? I usually do the latter.
I do as.
No wait, I mean Do as I...no, no...
As I do.
Until Microsoft starts calling their glitches “undocumented features” I could care less about the grammar they use.
Enough already! :)
Can I still do it tho?
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