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From: <names deleted to protect the innocent>
To: "Mitchell Wand" 
Subject: Haiku Computer Messages
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 23:02:41 -0400

Subject: Oriental Windows Errors

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and
unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry
messages. They are used to communicate a timeless
message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and
powerful insight through extreme brevity.

Here are 16 actual error messages from Japan.

The web site you are seeking 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.
Windows NT crashed.? I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
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
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.

Isn't that better than "your computer has performed
an illegal operation?"
Here is my reply:
From: Mitchell Wand 
Subject: Haiku Computer Messages
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 07:12:25 -0400

Wonderful story
Heard it on the Internet
Shame it isn't true

It lives forever
They  posted it on the net
But their names are gone

See also

A google search turned up some interesting variations on this theme.