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[Status Update] Existential Error

So I was trying to delete a blog post (contrary to popular belief, SAP employees aren't part of some vast international cabal dedicated to the publication of evil marketing content), and I got this message...

And that's all I saw. No options to select "yes" or "no" or to return to the previous page. Nothing. Just a tab alerting me of a failure and a vaguely worded question with no possibility to respond.

Which got me thinking...

What if I had slipped into "The Twilight Zone" and that error message had absolutely nothing to do with my blog moderation? What if some higher power has been looking down on me, measuring me, and declaring me a failure? What if it's asking me to take a good hard look at my life and career and decide whether I really want to do this?


Maybe it's just another one of those baffling error messages we all stumble across and my interpretation of the error indicates that I have troubling deep-rooted issues. (It's kinda like "The Raven." The bird was just repeating "nevermore," a word it had learned to mimic -- without having any way of knowing what it meant. It was only the narrator who, in his typically Poe'ish melancholy, gave weight to the word so that it provided the answers he truly feared. He made the word fit his mood.)

Yeah, probably just my imagination. Still, I should probably wait to see if I receive any "Seriously, dude, get a life" errors the next time I'm moderating Q&A and I ask the poster to search first.

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  • Nov 07, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Maybe it's simply Oliver Kohl having some fun. :)

    I remember back in the 90s one recently hired programmer (young guy, fresh out of college) was a big Matrix movie fan. Coincidentally, the other devs in the office just discovered a function that could send a pop-up to a PC station in the same network. So poor "fresher" got taunted by occasional "Matrix has you" messages for days. :)

    • Nov 16, 2017 at 01:21 PM

      Oh, I remeber net send! We used that in school.. it went something like this:

      net send {JerryJandasPC} "Seriously, dude, get a life"


      • Nov 16, 2017 at 02:43 PM
        We used that in school..

        In school? Now I feel old... even more reason to get a life:)

      • Nov 16, 2017 at 04:48 PM

        We used it at work a couple of times to have a bit of fun, but not sooo much.

  • Nov 08, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    This rather reminds me of an experience I had today in Outlook. I had setup a meeting request, and one of the participants responded with "Propose New Time." All well and good, but the proposed time didn't work for all participants, so -- as the meeting initiator -- I wanted to "propose" yet another "new time." But Outlook gave me two options: "Accept Proposed Time" or "Cancel Invite." Hmm! Neither was what I wanted to do.

    I did ultimately figure out how to get past that (without cancelling and starting over), but for just a moment I felt I'd slipped into a rather linear, two-dimensional world.

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