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"Elaine R.S. Hodges" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 7 Mar 1999 22:55:37 -0700
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>Sony has announced its own computer operating system now available on its hot
>new portable PC called the Vaio.  Instead of producing the cryptic error
>messages characteristic of Microsoft's Windows 95, 3.1, and DOS operating
>systems, Sony's chairman Asai Tawara said: "We intend to capture the high
>ground by putting a human, Japanese face on what has been-until now- an
>operating system that reflects Western cultural hegemony.  For example, we
>have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with
>Japanese haiku poetry."
>Some examples of Sony's new error messages:
>A file that big?
>It might be very useful.
>But now it is gone.
>The Web site you seek
>cannot be located but
>endless others exist
>Chaos reigns within.
>Reflect, repent, and reboot.
>Order shall return.
>Aborted effort:
>Close all that you have.
>You ask way too much.
>First snow, then silence.
>This thousand dollar screen dies
>so beautifully.
>With searching comes loss
>and the presence of absence:
>"My Novel" not found.
>The Tao that is seen
>Is not the true Tao, until
>You bring fresh toner.
>Windows NT crashed.
>I am the Blue Screen of Death.
>No one hears your screams.
>Stay the patient course
>Of little worth is your ire
>The network is down
>A crash reduces
>your expensive computer
>to a simple stone.
>Yesterday it worked
>Today it is not working
>Windows is like that.
>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.
>Rather than a beep
>Or a rude error message,
>These words:  "File not found."
>Serious error.
>All shortcuts have disappeared.
>Screen.  Mind.  Both are empty.
>Hugs for you both.

Elaine R.S. Hodges      [log in to unmask]
85253 Ridgetop Drive
Eugene, OR  97405-9535  Phone: 541-684-0484, Fax: 541-684-9662