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


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

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

Chaos reigns within
Reflect, repent and reboot
Order shall return

Aborted effort
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

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
The 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

I ate your webpage
Forgive me; it was tasty
And tart on my tongue

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