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Computer Zen

 

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error

messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction

rules - each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the

second, 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message,

often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme

brevity.

 

 

Here are 15 actual error messages from Japan that are the essence of Zen:

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Your file was so big.

It might be very useful.

But now it is gone.

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The Web site you seek

Cannot be located, but

Countless more exist.

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Chaos reigns within.

Reflect, repent, and reboot.

Order shall return.

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Program aborting:

Close all that you have worked on.

You ask far too much.

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Windows NT crashed.

I am the Blue Screen of Death.

No one hears your screams.

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Yesterday it worked.

Today it is not working.

Windows is like that.

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First snow, then silence.

This thousand-dollar screen dies

So beautifully.

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With searching comes loss

And the presence of absence:

"My Novel" not found.

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The Tao that is seen

Is not the true Tao- until

You bring fresh toner.

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Stay the patient course.

Of little worth is your ire.

The network is down.

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A crash reduces

Your expensive computer

To a simple stone.

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Three things are certain:

Death, taxes and lost data.

Guess which has occurred.

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You step in the stream,

But the water has moved on.

This page is not here.

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Having been erased,

The document you're seeking

Must now be retyped.

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Serious error.

All shortcuts have disappeared.

Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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Aren't these better than "your computer has performed an illegal operation?

 

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Don't ya just love it?

 

Found them on the web a few years ago, thought I would share them with you all.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

Retrieved from the old version of ACCforum.nz

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