We all have those well meaning friends who send us jokes with an address list longer than the email--but once in awhile they send funny ones. The below is one of my favorites

(Recently, someone who saw this page told me that the original idea of haiku as error messages might have come from programmers at Be Inc. Unless delberately turned off, all error messages in the NetPositive Web Browser would come out in haiku.)

If you are able to read Japanese and the Japanese text isn't showing properly, choose UTF-8 as your encoding method. (In Firefox, go to view and change encoding to Unicode). As I do all of my web browsing in Linux and various flavors of BSD, I'm not sure if Internet Explorer has also begun using UTF-8 as its standard or if it's still sticking with Shift-JIS.

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

(Actually, a haiku [ 俳句 ] usually refers to the seasons. So perhaps, these should more properly be called senryuu [ 川柳 ]which is the usual name for satirical haiku style poems. At any rate...)
I tried to translate the below into Japanese, but unfortunately, it's pretty difficult--the 17 syllable poem has very strict rules--a final N, a doubled letter, a lengthened vowel--all count as a syllable.
The only one that I was able to even come close with was the one that reads:
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

I came up with a translation that would read
Today it is no good
Yesterday it worked

In Japanese it reads Kyou dame da
Kinou dekita yo
Written in Japanese it goes


Anyway, without further ado...please enjoy

  A file that big?
  It might be very useful.
  But now it is gone.
  The Web site you seek
  Can not 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.