Friday, July 17, 2009

Error Message Haikus

I received the following email, which made me smile:
Haiku poetry has strict construction rules. Each poem has only 3 lines and a total of 17 syllables:

  • five syllables in the first line,
  • seven in the second, 
  • five in the third.

Haikus are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity - the essence of Zen . . .

Your file was big.

It might be very useful.

But now it is gone.

The Web site you seek

Cannot be located, but

Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.

Reflect, repent, and reboot.

Order shall return

Program aborting:

Close all that you have worked on.

You ask far too much.

Windows has 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 Noel" 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.

Serious error.

All shortcuts have disappeared.

Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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