So my ISP's DNS server crapped out. *I* know what that means, because I'm a network administrator. But what percentage of the Windows 7-using population knows what a DNS server does, or how to proceed if they can't reach theirs? Way less than 5%, right?
Yet that doesn't stop Windows from just giving this message:
And neither "detailed information" nor "additional options" offers any clue as to what it does. No one could be assed to write something for the layman like "A DNS server converts addresses you type, like "http://www.microsoft.com", into a standard numerical internet address that is used to locate the website on the internet. If you can't access a DNS server, you cannot access the internet. There are no issues between this computer and the router. Please contact your network administrator or internet service provider, and tell them that you aren't able to access the DNS server."
That took me like two minutes to write. They didn't have time to do that in the time they were writing Windows 7?