A guide to Man-Machine Interface Terminology

USER-FRIENDLY

   C>DUR 
   Command not found. Try retyping.

USER-HELPFUL

   C>DUR 
   I don't understand DUR. Do you mean DIR?

USER-UNFRIENDLY

   C>DUR 
   C>DUR 
   C>DUR 
   C>DUR 
   C>DUR 
   (Eventually you realise nothing is actually happening, or not as the case may be..)

USER-HOSTILE

   C>DUR 
   Ha! A mistake! I'm sure you meant to say FORMAT so that's what I'll do.

USER-INDIFFERENT

   C>DUR 
   DUR?

USER-PATRONISING

   C>DUR 
   Now, that's not quite right is it? Let's try again; this time, use the 
   manual that the nice salesperson gave you when you bought me.

USER-OBSEQUIOUS

   C>DUR 
   I'm so very, very sorry but I don't understand that. I'm sure it was my 
   fault, but if you would please try again I'll do my best.

USER-SARCASTIC

   C>DUR 
   Well, well, well. Look who's made a mistake then. Very unusual I don't think.

USER-INSULTING

   C>DUR 
   Sod off 
   C>DIR 
   Sod off

USER-SMUG

   C>DUR 
   No 
   C>DOR 
   Nope 
   C>HELP 
   No 
   C>PLEASE 
   Not unless you give me a 200Mb hard disk to live on. 
   C>BASTARD 
   Abuse will get you nowhere.

USER-ANALYTICAL

   C>DUR 
   What makes you say that? 
   C>A TYPING MISTAKE 
   How long have you been making these mistakes? 
   C>BANANAS 
   Do you like bananas? 
   C>I LOVE THEM 
   Why did you bring up the subject of love?    (....and so on)

USER-McDONALD

   May I help you please? 
   C>DUR 
   I'm sorry, but that command is not available at this time. Have a nice day. 
   C>DIR 
   Will that be an MS-DOS directory? 
   C>YES 
   To read here, or for printout to take away? 
   C>HERE 
   Thank you. Have a nice day. 
   (...several minutes later)
   No files on disk. Thank you. Please ask again. Have a nice day.

USER-MEGALOMANIAC

   C>DUR 
   Don't bother me with trivial requests, I'm busy.
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