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I've deliberately held back a little on getting this issue of WEB ready to publish, to give myself the (admittedly infantile) pleasure of legitimately applying the date that comes only once every four years. Although WAOE business and related activities have been somewhat hectic for the Directors and members of the Coordinating Ring in the past few days and weeks - as various items in this issue will show - publication delay has nothing to do with problems in pulling material together (!). [Any more than usual, that is.]
On the contrary, I'm delighted at the responsiveness of members to calls for profiles, feedback and other input to the Bulletin. Thanks for that. But I must refrain from saying any more, lest you all become complacent and begin leaving it to others to sustain the publication.
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Haiku for Hour-Wasting Errors??
I just had to share with you the haiku-style error messages being developed by the Sony Company in Japan. Nick Bowskill spread word of them in a news item forwarded to the Coordinating RIng, but they surely deserve a much wider audience. Some of them are positively beautiful!
Tokyo, Japan, November 20:
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 and DOS 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 our own Japanese haiku poetry. The haiku messages are just as informative as Microsoft's and they make you pause just long enough that you're able to fight the impulse to put a fist through the screen".
The chairman went on to give examples of the error messages:A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
You seek a Web site.
It cannot be located.
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Stop, reflect, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask way too much.
Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that.
First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
With searching comes loss.
The presence of absence.
"June Sales.doc" not found.
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao
Until you bring fresh toner.