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UPDATE: it's over 2 hours later now and they’ve finally fixed it :)

Cisco’s home page this morning: looks like they ran out of their allocation of lowercase letter ‘t’ (thanks to Chris Venus for pointing it out):

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Or was it “Speak Like an Irishman” day and nobody told me?

Lowercase ‘t’s were being stripped from the source which explains why there were no styles, etc:

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Chris reckons it’s a possibly a whitespace-trimming RegEx gone wrong, WDYT?

Comments

Comment by odie

I can' undersand wha all he fuss is abou?

odie
Comment by Guest

Oops, I made a mistake in the last line:

Absoluely brillian! Wha will happen if they run ou of the leer 'e'?

hy will b in ral roubl whn ha happns. h si will b complly down h ub!

Guest
Comment by Waler

Tha is prey funny suff!!1

Comment by Guest

Absoluely brillian! Wha will happen if they run ou of the leer 'e'?

hy will b in ral roubl whn ha happns. h si will b complly down e ub!

Guest
Comment by Mister.de

excellent and almost epic fail :)

Comment by psilo

Sounds like Chris is right to me.

They tried to replace tabs with the empty string and WHOOPS!

psilo
Comment by crazy pete reckons...

...its \t instead of \\t

crazy pete reckons...
Comment by Datrio

Regex problem for sure, somebody just wrote \tt instead of \t (single tab).

Still, funny like some stupid error like this can completely destroy a page.

Comment by bse

probably a missing backslash in front of a t, to remove tabs

bse
Comment by Jordan

My favorite is "Skip o Fooer". I think I knew him once... good kid...

Jordan
Comment by kchan

wants to save a few bytes, strips the whole page out in the end. the IT guys in the rush to go home probably. i had that a lot of time :P

Comment by hazexp

Personally, I just think that the internets in their 't' tube got clogged. I hear they have one for each letter of the alphabet.

[/bad-joke]

Comment by DF

I used to work for Cisco at their San Jose, CA campus as a software engineer. Well, what should I say.. No surprise for me at all. I think only 10% of Cisco population is really doing something valuable. The other 90% are useless managers, managers of managers managing the big groups of indian programmers on H1B visa who are doing nothing valuable but keep themselves employed. I've seen groups of 20-40 developers who are 100% indian. I do not have anything against indian engineers, but such Cisco unspoke policy shows some employment preferences.

Comment by Leefe

Just as well IT is written in capitals. Otherwise people would think their are too self centered, and only an 'i' company. :)

Comment by Ben Mc

Oops. Guess they messed up some backslashes.

Ben Mc
Comment by Chrisopher

ha's he mos funnies shi ha I ha ever seen! Maybe while hey are working on i, hey can fix some of he issues ha have been plaguing heir oher producs.

Chrisopher
Comment by matt

new ACL implementation

ip access-list Interenet-OUT
deny ip any any "t"

Comment by Alan Thompson

I've lived in Ireland for 3 years now and I've never heard anyone talk like that, but whatever floats your boat limey.

Alan Thompson
Comment by Wow

they are sh*t at teh interwebs!

Wow
Comment by cak

Clearly the credit crises is even hitting large companies like Cisco, who usually reverse the trends of other IT companies on the stick market. The t's are the first to go, and then the dots of the i's. If this continues for much longer, we may need to actually change our language.

cak
Comment by gokulanand

Can't believe these guys make such mistakes.

gokulanand
Comment by ojtibi

'Tis is hilarious! For teh win! ROFLCOPTER!

Comment by sapteka

No body's perfect.

Comment by Ryan

Whitespace stripping is kind of redundant if you gzip your shiznitz *shrug*

Comment by ianislost

HAHA. IRISH SPEAKING DAY FTW! :))

Comment by krist0ph3r

nice one!!! this is why i love regexes!!!

one thing i noticed is that there's no place where there should have been an uppercase T on the page...so i can't figure if he did a /ig or just a /g :D

Comment by matt

And the Fail Whale appears above the surface to snicker at CISCO.

Comment by George P. Burdell

I smell a Georgia Tech student behind this... stealing Ts is an old tradition at Tech.

George P. Burdell
Comment by johnbillion

@krist0ph3r: Under the 'Soluions' menu there's TelePresence. Must have been just /g :)

johnbillion
Comment by anang5

haaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa :)

anang5
Comment by Robert

Last Friday was Talk Like a Pirate Day. This must be Talk Like a Scotsman Day!

Comment by TERN

Poor old cisco. Who wants to see this happening in their company.

Comment by zoly

lot of page redirections, "page cannot found"s, now homepage? :))

zoly
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Comment by Rob

Maybe the 't' key was broken on all keyboards occupied by the cisco web team? ^_^

Rob
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