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Lingering E-Thoughts

Here are a few things to leave you with. Rumor hath it that Sony is introducing new error messages to the world. No more "Error message # 4456&l##lhbbs60000". Sony recommends these haiku-messages instead.

In case your Haiku skills are a bit rusty, these are three-line Japanese poems; they don't rhyme, either in English or in Japanese, but are beautiful sayings — about scenery, art, or some lovely thought. Haiku have a rigidly controlled stress pattern and line length. The first line has five syllable parts — the second line has seven syllable parts — the third and last line has five syllable parts and completes the thought.

So here are Sony's contributions for the next-generation computer errormessage. We leave these with you as a final lingering e-thought. May these poems assist you through your e-day, especially when you experience your next (inevitable) e-crash!

The file was that big?
It might have been quite useful.
But now it is gone.

You seek a Web site.
It cannot be located.
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Stop, reflect, and reboot.
Order shall return.

ABORTED effort:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask way too much.

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows are like that.

First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
So beautifully.

With searching comes loss.
The presence of absence.
"June_Sales.doc" not found.

The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao
Until you bring fresh toner.

Windows NT crashed.
The Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Stay the patient course.
Anger will gain you nothing.
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.
Page not found.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you are seeking
Must now be retyped.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Nobody appreciates a machine-crash, but as error messages go . . .

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