Haiku poetry for your computer

Reply Sun 15 Jun, 2003 10:32 am
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 some actual error messages from Japan. Aren't these better than "Your computer has performed an illegal operation"?


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.

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.
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Reply Sun 15 Jun, 2003 04:58 pm
I believe they're haiku -- I don't believe they're actually used in Japan as error messages... I've seen these flying around in my email for quite a while and they've been announced as humor, not reality...
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Reply Mon 16 Jun, 2003 04:16 pm
Yes, I agree that these are probably not used in Japan - I very much doubt that they are perfect haiku translations, but I agree that they are marvellous. So who cares where they came from - enjoy! Very Happy
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