In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with their own Japanese haiku poetry, each only 17 syllables, 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, five in the third.



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Your file was so big
And probably quite useful
But now it is gone.

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The Web site you seek
Cannot be located but
Countless more exist.

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.


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


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


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


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


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Serious error
All shortcuts have disappeared
Screen, mind, both are blank.