____________________________________ Donna Crowden MAFF - ITD (A) B Room A911, Guild HQ GTN. 1453 Ext. 3450 Tel: 01483 403450 ____________________________________ -----Original Message----- From: Hunt, Matt (ITD) Sent: 24 July 2001 15:32 To: Barwell, Clive (ITD); Carton, Alan (ITD); Taylor, Matthew (ITD); Soule, Katrina (ITD); Crowden, Donna (ITD) Subject: FW: ********* Some programmers in Japan have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft Error messages with Haiku poems. Haiku poetry has strict construction rules. Each poem has only three lines, 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. Here are the new error messages, haiku-style: Your file was so big. It might be very useful. But now it is gone. The website 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. 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. Serious error. All shortcuts have disappeared. Screen. Mind. Both are blank. Thames Valley Police currently use the OFFICE 4.3 PRO suite of applications. Therefore, if you intend to include an attachment, please ensure that it has been saved in the appropriate format (Word 6, Excel 5, Powerpoint 4, Access 2.0). This communication contains information which is confidential and may also be privileged. Any views or opinions expressed are those of the originator and not necessarily those of Thames Valley Police. It is for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s) please note that any form of distribution, copying or use of this communication or the information in it is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error please forward a copy to: informationsecurity@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and to the sender. Thank you. Please then delete the e-mail and destroy any copies of it.