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Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna
Max F. Perutz Laboratories
Dr. Bohr Gasse 9
A-1030 Vienna, Austria

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Computer Haikus

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

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

The ten thousand things
How long do any persist?
What was found has gone.

The Web site you seek
cannot be located but
countless others exist.

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

wind catches lily
scatt'ring petals to the wind:
segmentation fault

ABORTED request:
Close all that you have.
You ask way too much.

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

Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

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

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.

Seeing my great fault
Through darkening blue windows
I begin again.

The code was willing,
It considered your request,
But the chips were weak.

Errors have occurred.
We won't tell you where or why.
Lazy programmers.

Server's poor response
Not quick enough for browser.
Timed out, plum blossom.

Login incorrect
Only consistant spellers
enter this system.

This site has been moved.
We'd tell you where, but then we'd
have to delete you.

First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
so beautifully.

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

A fault reduces
your expensive computer
to warm fragrant stone.

There is a chasm
of carbon and silicon
the software can't bridge.

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

To have no errors
Would be life without meaning
No struggle, no joy.

No keyboard present.
Hit F1 to continue.
One hand claps loudly.

Rather than a beep
Or a rude error message,
These words: "File not found."

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance. -- Robert R. Coveyou

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the problem. -- Ashleigh Brilliant

Entropy isn't what it used to be.

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again. -- Franklin P. Jones

If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. -- Carl Sagan

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. -- Paul R. Ehrlich

Jenkinson's Law: It won't work.

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. -- Aristotle

A day for firm decisions! Or is it? -- Woody's Chalkboard


Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna (CIBIV)
(CIBIV is a joint institute of Vienna University, and Medical University, Vienna, Austria)
Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL)
Campus Vienna Biocenter 5 (VBC5), Ebene 1, Room 1812.1
A-1030 Wien, Austria
Phone: ++43 +1 / 4277-74322
Email: robert.happel(AT)univie.ac.at

Postal Address:

Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna (CIBIV)
Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL)
Dr. Bohr Gasse 9
A-1030 Wien, Austria



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