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October 29, 2006

Haiku, Indeed

I received this email awhile ago, another one o' them there forwards, and thought it was kinda' cute, so I thought I'd share it:

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 line, 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 16 [sic] error messages from Japan:

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 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.


Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.


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.

H/T Brenda

Posted by Seth at October 29, 2006 10:49 AM


My worst college grades involved the study of poetry. With that in mind, and tongue in cheek, I cannot resist a challenge:

campaign money should
be limited to those whose
ads are in Haiku

Haloscan/blogger and my typing probably put the lines out of sync...which is OK, just put a slash after 5/7/5. And give me a D+

Posted by: BB-Idaho at October 29, 2006 11:08 AM

BB --

Don't sweat it, LOL, we all have formidable skills at one thing or another, but there are some areas each of us are better off not pursuing...

Posted by: Seth at October 29, 2006 03:26 PM

Sheeesh ... sure glad I don't use a windows machine or I'd have to learn poetry too .... LOL

P.S.: ABF and Merge are the same person... Me.. ;-)

Posted by: ABF at October 29, 2006 05:36 PM

Here's my contribution...

System crashed again?
You could have purchased a Mac.
Too late now sucker!

(For the record, yes, I am a beleaguered Windows user.)

Posted by: civil truth at October 29, 2006 06:04 PM

Merge/ABF --

I'm a Windows man to the end... Put me in front of the standard Apple, I'm challenged but slowly functional -- put me in front of a Mac -- you may as well require me to translate Sanskrit.

Posted by: Seth at October 29, 2006 06:26 PM

Civil Truth and BB --

Okay, well...

A liberal's folly
is in his tragic neglect
of life's realities

Heh heh...

Posted by: Seth at October 29, 2006 06:36 PM

Yes ... we are on opposite sides of the fence on OS flavors, but the same in our desire to take advantage of what technology works in our favor. Windows for me is like walking on broken glass, but I somehow manage. I'm actually stronger in Unix/Linux, and now that Mac is Unix, it is much easier. The OS is not important, it's what works for you personally, and allows you to achieve the end result in the desired time frame. After your in the desired program, now, there all relatively the same anyway.

We step into the stream,
We speak a different language.
It matters not, because the water allows us to communicate.

Posted by: ABF at October 29, 2006 09:10 PM

Wow, that's still circulating around???

LOL, cute haikus the commenters have posted!

Posted by: atheling2 at October 29, 2006 11:40 PM

ABF --

I actually only started going online in this century, so I don't have the advantage of experience many others had in growing with today's technology, and even then, I was practically dragged online -- where technology's concerned, except as an end user, and I mean all the way on the far end, I'm pretty much a dinosaur.

Even in my own industry, where technology plays a major role these days, I am an end user -- I know how to deploy and use the technology, but when it comes to the technical stuff, I bring in subcontractors.

I learned to access the WWW via Windows and I suppose my knowledge stayed right there. When I first used an Apple, I had to ask questions like, "How do I get there? What do I click on for this?" and so forth. When I first sat down at a Mac, I was utterly flabbergasted.

I know Linux has been taking quite a few important customers away from MS the last couple or so years, so they must be doing something right. :-)

Posted by: Seth at October 30, 2006 05:07 AM

Atheling2 --

I thought I might have seen this before, but wasn't sure -- I get so much traffic between forwards, personal and blog related email and business email that I often don't have the time to allocate to the forwards, so I'll either skim them or say, "I'll get to this later" and then it kinda sorta ends up a couple of pages away as other email arrives, and I forget about it.

I do think, however, that this one's kind of cute, especially in view of the fury and frustration such things actually inspire among many of us (me especially, LOL).

Posted by: Seth at October 30, 2006 05:12 AM