Ruminations on computer error messages presented in the traditional Japanese haiku form.   The source of these gems is unknown.

 


Hardware

 

A crash reduces

your expensive computer

to a simple stone.

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First snow, then silence.

This thousand dollar screen dies so

beautifully.

T

 

The Tao that is seen

is not the true Tao, until

You bring fresh toner.

[

 


Lost Files

 

A file that big?

It might be very useful.

But now it is gone.

&

 

With searching comes loss

and the presence of absence:

"My novel" not found.

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Rather than a beep,

A stillness over all things,

Only these words: "File not found."

1

 

Having been erased,

The document you're seeking

Must now be retyped.

4

 

You step in the stream,

but the water has moved on.

This page is not here.

2

 


Rebooting

 

Yesterday it worked.

Today it is not working.

Windows is like that.

6

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Seeing my great fault

Through darkening blue windows

I begin again.

8

 

Windows NT crashed.

I am the Blue Screen of Death.

No one hears your screams.

z

 

Aborted effort.

Close all that you have.

You ask far too much.

[

 

Chaos reigns within

Reflect, repent, and reboot.

Order shall return.

Z

 

Serious error.

All shortcuts have disappeared.

Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

X

 

The ten thousand things

How long do any persist?

Netscape, too, has gone.

W

 


Errors

 

Stay the patient course.

Of little worth is your ire.

The network is down.

#

 

The Web site you seek

cannot be located.

But endless others exist.

[

 

Errors have occurred.

We won't tell you where or why.

Lazy programmers.

7

 

To have no errors

Would be life without meaning

No struggle, no joy.

1

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Out of memory.

We wish to hold the whole sky,

But we never will.

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