[THIN] Wed Humour- Microsoft Zen error messages

  • From: "Stephen Greenberg" <steveg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 05:20:19 -0700

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 three lines, made up of a total of 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 15 actual error
messages from Japan that are the essence of Zen.

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


 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.


 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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