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Haiku Computer Error Messages
	Salon Magazine (http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/)

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

	-- David Dixon 

Everything is gone;
Your life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (yes/no)?

	-- David Carlson 

Honorable Mentions:

I'm sorry, there's -- um --
insufficient -- what's-it-called?
The term eludes me ...

	-- Owen Mathews 

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

	-- Peter Rothman 

Seeing my great fault
Through darkening blue windows
I begin again

	-- Chris Walsh 

The code was willing,
It considered your request,
But the chips were weak.

	-- Barry L. Brumitt 

Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?

	-- Pat Davis 

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

	-- David J. Liszewski 

Errors have occurred.
We won't tell you where or why.
Lazy programmers.

	-- Charlie Gibbs 

Server's poor response
Not quick enough for browser.
Timed out, plum blossom.

	-- Rik Jespersen 

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

	-- Suzie Wagner 

Login incorrect.
Only perfect spellers may
enter this system.

	-- Jason Axley 

This site has been moved.
We'd tell you where, but then we'd
have to delete you.

	-- Charles Matthews 

wind catches lily
scatt'ring petals to the wind:
segmentation fault

	-- Nick Sweeney 

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

	-- Mike Hagler 

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 

The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao, until
You bring fresh toner.

	-- Bill Torcaso 

The Web site you seek
cannot be located but
endless others exist

	-- Joy Rothke 

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 

There is a chasm
of carbon and silicon
the software can't bridge

	-- Rahul Sonnad 

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

	-- Margaret Segall 

To have no errors
Would be life without meaning
No struggle, no joy

	-- Brian M. Porter 

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

	-- Cass Whittington 

No keyboard present
Hit F1 to continue
Zen engineering?

	-- Jim Griffith 

Hal, open the file
Hal, open the damn file, Hal
open the, please Hal

	-- Jennifer Jo Lane 

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 

The ten thousand things
How long do any persist?
Netscape, too, has gone.

	-- Jason Willoughby 

Rather than a beep
Or a rude error message,
These words: "File not found."

	-- Len Dvorkin 

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.
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Walk without rhythm and you won't attract the worm.
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