The Mad Collector wrote:
It was always an error
Terry Pratchett in Interesting Times wrote:++?????++ Out of Cheese Error. Redo From Start.'
Terry Pratchett in Hogfather wrote:Hex wrote: +++ Hi Mum Is Testing +++ MELON MELON MELON +++ Out Of Cheese Error +++ !!!!! +++ Mr Jelly! Mr Jelly! +++
Terry Pratchett in Hogfather wrote:Hex had been recalcitrant about its calculations, when it had got into a mechanical sulk and had started writing things like'+++ Out of Cheese Error +++'and'+++ Redo From Start +++'
Terry Pratchett in Hogfather wrote:+++ Out Of Cheese Error +++ MELON MELON MELON +++ Redo From Start +++
Terry Pratchett in Science of Discworld wrote:The Archchancellor picked up HEX's latest write-out. It read:
+++ Out Of Cheese Error +++
'Not helpful,' he muttered.
Yes I'm sad that way ....
Some parallels with computer programming on roundworld:
- Out of Cheese Error -> Out of memory error
- Divide by Cucumber Error -> Divide by zero error
- Hi Mum is Testing -> Hello World, I think. (Hello World is a basic program that outputs nothing but the text "Hello World!" and most programming language tutorials start with that.)
- Redo From Start I think comes from the first computers, where your programs were actually cards with holes punched in them and you would spend days writing (punching) a program and then handing it to the operator who would feed it to the machine. More often than not, your program was incorrect and you would have to start over: redo from start. There was no debugging yet, so you would have to repeat this process, each time encountering the next error, until the program was correct.
- MELON MELON MELON -> I can't find synonyms for the word melon, but I think it's a kernel panic. Under Windows known as a Blue Screen of Death. Often abbreviated to BSOD, all-caps.