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xkcd: Undocumented Feature - マニュアルに載っていない機能

  • このカテゴリでは、世界で最も人気があるウェブコミック「xkcd」の最新ナンバーをひたすら日本語に翻訳しています。
  • 2013年の翻訳記事はxkcd(2013年)から。更に過去の翻訳記事はxkcdからどうぞ。
  • 翻訳済みの秀逸なコミックについては、過去のベスト10をまとめた記事(2009年?2010年2011年2012年)からどうぞ。
  • このXKCD翻訳の目的の一つは、僕の英語スキル向上です。誤訳がありましたら、コメントなどで気軽にご指摘下さい。

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Undocumented Feature(マニュアルに載ってない機能)

An old Windows utility has an undocumented feature. If you open "help" and click on the background, you get dropped into a "support" chat room.

[Launching support forum...]

Only a few of us ever found it. But we became friends.

We kept launching the program to check in. Eventually some of us were running VMs just to keep accessing it.

As the Internet aged, so did we.

We don't know who runs the server. We don't know why it's still working so many years later. Maybe we're some sysadmin's soap opera.

It will probably vanish someday, but for now it's our meeting place. Our hideaway.

A life's worth of chat,

Buried in the deep web.

But even if it lasts forever, we won't. When we're gone, who will remember us?

Who will remember this strange little world and the friendships we built here?


This place is irrelevant. Ephemeral. One day it will be forgotten.

And so will we

But at least it doesn't have fucking video ads.

Alt-text: And it doesn't pop up a box every time asking you to use your real name. In fact, there's no way to set your name at all. You just have to keep reminding people who you are.




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