Thomas Green, a delivery driver from Yeovil has finally rid himself of a ‘sixteen year ordeal’ today after an ‘error report’ he sent to Microsoft in 1997 finally returned a solution.
‘All I remember’ he smiled ‘was making a cup of tea whilst waiting to load AskJeeves.com, where I had planned to ask Jeeves a series of random and amusing questions. When I returned I found my browser had frozen and I was presented with the opportunity to report the error to Microsoft. Naturally I did, but I didn’t realise that I would get divorced and remarried, survive prostate cancer and go on five holidays before the solution actually arrived.’
Microsoft’s Christopher Veran said ‘There’s a backlog of some 3.6 billion errors, but we’re really pleased that Thomas is satisfied with the solution he finally received. He’s now free to bin his dial-up modem and begin his two-year wait for a BT engineer to install wireless. We expect he’ll be posing plenty of hilarious questions to Jeeves by 2016 at the very latest.’
Thomas admitted though ‘The solution was so simple, I kind of feel a little daft now. It states that I should not bother reporting any future errors via this route as it’s a redundant feature that never actually worked.’