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[OFF-TOPIC] MS Haiku error messages

From: O'Neill, Sean <>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 16:25:46 +0200
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Haiku error messages

The next time that you get one of those ubiquitous MS error messages (you know the kind I mean; the ones that have no apparent human meaning, but are designed to drive you crazy) think of these. They might help.

In Japan, Sony Vaio Computers have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with their own Japanese haiku poetry, each only 17 syllables :

A file that big ?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

The Web site you seek
Can not be located but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

ABORTED effort :
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask way too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
So beautifully.

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence :
"My Novel" not found.

The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao, until
You bring fresh toner.

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

Three things are certain :
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped. Received on Fri Sep 01 2000 - 09:25:46 CDT

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