Flexible Content Management System


Error messages, Douglas Adams and Marvin the paranoid android.

Contributed by on Apr 10, 2003 - 06:55 AM

Well, if not many have, then at least the original deviser of the error message is aware of this along with others at PostNuke.

Douglas Adams was the author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy and many other things as well. He was a true modern rennaisance man with interests in Science, the natural world, art, leterature etc.

Douglas also had a profound theoretical and practical understanding of the potential of the Internet. I remember his excellent series of talks on BBC Radio 4 about the history, meaning and potential of the Internet. He would, I'm certain, have appreciated the PostNuke project.

Have a look at


for a couple of interesting examples

Douglas Adams' early death in May 2001 was a true loss to humanity.

Douglas Adams should be acknowledged as the inspiration behind the "depressed server" (though I have to admit it is not as well written as Douglas's original). There is such a thing as intellectual copyright.

Considering the tradition in the Open Software movement of acknowledging people for their original work and considering who Douglas Adams was this omission is rather shoddy behaviour.