Contact your System Administrator

RPC server not available. Contact your administrator if this condition persists.

There is no message in any IT product more infuriating to me than “Contact your administrator.” I AM the administrator, and I DON’T KNOW WHY IT’S BROKEN EITHER.

I can understand this sort of message when it’s in an obviously user-facing product like, say, Microsoft Word, but when it appears in advanced server configuration software that only an expert would ever be using, it’s an inexcusable cop-out. If you are a developer, and you put this message in your software, I will hunt you down and beat you so savagely that your grandchildren will be born with a limp.

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

4 responses to “Contact your System Administrator”

  1. Harriet says :

    I thought i was the only one!

  2. Giles says :

    Even worse when it makes us look like idiots because the luser is watching…

  3. C says :

    Oh definitely, especially on some piece of software that you can’t get to see unless you are the administrator