This post is from Chrome Story - Chrome Is What You Make Of It
One post that I get lot of comments here on chromestory is this - “He’s Dead Jim” – Is Not A Virus, It’s Just An Error Message. Most of the times, people commenting there have a story to share, about how they got worried about this error message. Some are relieved because they finally figured out that it is just an error message and their computer is doing ok.
Some of them were happy when they finally got the joke.
and for some, the experience was not that great.
I am sharing only a few here, there are many more on that post, and I see new ones being added almost daily.! And yes, I hope at least one of the developers from Chrome team reads this!
1. WOW !!! NOW I THINK YOU HAVE GONE A BIT TO FAR. LAST WEEK I SEEN THIS ON MY DESKTOP & COULD NOT FIGURE OUT IF IT WAS A VIRUS OR WORM, & I EVEN WENT AS FAR AS TO THINKING SOME RANDOM CYBER-IDIOT NERD WAS HACKING MY COMPUTER. THEN TONIGHT I GET THE SAME DARN THING ON MY LAPTOP WHICH REALLY PISSED ME OFF. I THOUGHT I HAD A VIRUS, A WORM OR SOMEONE HACKED MY OTHER COMPUTER & TRUST ME I AM NOT ONE HAPPY PERSON RIGHT NOW WITH WHOM EVER THE IDIOT WAS THAT CREATED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE LUCKY YOU ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY LAPTOP OTHERWISE I’D HAVE TO KICK UPSIDE THE HEAD YOU DUMBA**… REMOVE THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. I appreciate the attempt at humor, especially Star Trek humor, but when I went searching on my Mac for answers to the message when my PC crashed, the top answers involved viruses and worms. I was just starting up my PC in safe mode, as recommended by one of the sites, when I spotted this site. Time to change the message, boys and girls.
3. My wife just got this same message (He’s dead Jim!) several times yesterday for the first time on her laptop. After googling the message, everything pointed to a virus. So, after running every anti malware program I have over several hours, I found this web site a find out it’a joke. May I say, it’s poor excuse of a joke.
4. NOT FUNNY Chrome. I’m not a Chrome user myself, my sister is, but just last month my laptop suffered from a virus so severe we had to wipe out my laptop memory to reset to factory settings. Since it happened the week before Christmas, we bought a new laptop for my sister and she got this stupid and immature joke two times in the past recent week. Call it Paranoia all you want, but after having all my photos nearly wiped out, we are NOT looking forward to being scarred by a ‘fake’ virus after that.
5. Thanks, guys. When my anti-virus didn’t find it, I bought a whole new program, with no results. You owe me $165 and 8 1/2 hours of my life back.
6. Sorry to offend the Trekkies and trivia heads, but the point of the message is to inform the user what’s going on. If not, just shut the sucker down and save the dweeby jokes for your friends. This is what happens when techies get full of themselves. I’m sure plumbers have plenty of great inside jokes, too, but at least they’re adult enough to just do their jobs and move on.
Finally, a couple of them that I found touching, and actually made me write this post.
7. My father, Jim, died recently and every time this comes up I get upset, then pissed off at the stupidity of someone at Google not realising that some people, albeit a small minority, could be upset by this taunting message. Get rid of the bloody thing pronto! Almost but not quite enough to make me revert to Firefox!
8. This is so stupid and insensitive. My son’s name is Jim and his father died when he was 15. This is a sick reminder.
9. This is going too far. Our only son, James, passed away unexpectedly four weeks ago. The first time I saw “He’s dead” was two days after we received word about his death. I could not read everything before the page was gone. I took my laptop to a computer wizard who finally figured out what it was as I thought it was a bad “joke” some idiot was playing on me.
10. “He’s dead, Jim” would be a funny reference, if not for the fact my new laptop suddenly displayed the exact words spoken by the EMT when my father was killed. Jim, my kid brother, held Dad’s head as he died. Very eerie and not a good phrase to see every time I shut down…