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THE ZEN OF COMPUTERS, THE ART OF ERROR

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, 17 syllables: five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third.

Haiku is used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity -- the essence of Zen.

 

 

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

 

David J. Liszewski



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The website you seek
Cannot be located,
but Countless more exist.

 

Joy Rothke



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Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent and reboot.
Order shall return.

 

Suzie Wagner



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Aborted effort.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

 

Mike Hagler



***

 

 
 

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No-one hears your screams.
 

Peter Rothman 



***
 

 
 

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

 

Margaret Segall



***

 

 
 

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

 

David Ansel



***

 

 
 

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

 

James Lopez



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Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

 

David Dixon



***

 

 
 

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

 

Cass Whittington



***

 

 
 

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

 

Francis Heaney



***

 

 
 

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

 

Judy Birmingham



***

 

 
 

I ate your Web page.
Forgive me; it was tasty
And tart on my tongue.

 

UnknownAuthor 



***

 

 
 

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

 

Simon Firth



***

 

 
 

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
'My Novel' not found.

 

Howard Korder



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Original text you can see at Computer Error Haiku. This was originally a contest on Salon.com.

We thank the reader of our "Japanese Page" V. Maksimov who has paid our attention to Russian translation of these poems on askme.ru and futura.ru web sites owing to what the original English text has been found.

 

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