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  • mizchita
    Good one, Lou. Now why is it that I lost the first note I started to write.... Halloween Curse? LOL Betty
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 13, 2006
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      Good one, Lou. Now why is it that I lost the first note I started
      to write.... "Halloween Curse?" LOL Betty

      --- In MusicOfTheStars@yahoogroups.com, "mrcooby" <x779@...> wrote:
      >
      > Poe Revisited, Computer
      > Style
      >
      > Once upon a midnight
      > dreary, fingers cramped
      > and vision
      > bleary,
      > System manuals piled
      > high and wasted paper
      > on the floor
      > Longing for the warmth
      > of bedsheets,
      > Still I sat there,
      > doing spreadsheets;
      > Having reached the
      > bottom line,
      > I took a floppy from
      > the drawer.
      > Typing with a steady
      > hand, then invoked the
      > SAVE command
      > But I got a reprimand:
      > it read "Abort, Retry,
      > Ignore."
      >
      > Was this some occult
      > illusion? Some maniacal
      > intrusion?
      > These were choices
      > Solomon himself had
      > never faced before.
      > Carefully, I weighed my
      > options.
      > These three seemed to
      > be the top ones.
      > Clearly I must now
      > adopt one:
      > Choose "Abort, Retry,
      > Ignore."
      >
      > With my fingers pale
      > and trembling,
      > Slowly toward the
      > keyboard bending,
      > Longing for a happy
      > ending, hoping all
      > would be restored,
      > Praying for some
      > guarantee
      > Finally I pressed a key-
      > But on the screen what
      > did I see?
      > Again: "Abort, Retry,
      > Ignore."
      >
      > I tried to catch the
      > chips off-guard--
      > I pressed again, but
      > twice as hard.
      > Luck was just not in
      > the cards.
      > I saw what I had seen
      > before.
      > Now I typed in
      > desperation
      > Trying random
      > combinations
      > Still there came the
      > incantation:
      > Choose: "Abort, Retry,
      > Ignore."
      >
      > There I sat,
      > distraught, exhausted,
      > by my own machine
      > accosted
      > Getting up I turned
      > away and paced across
      > the office floor.
      > And then I saw an awful
      > sight:
      > A bold and blinding
      > flash of light--
      > A lightning bolt had
      > cut the night and shook
      > me to my very
      > core.
      > I saw the screen
      > collapse and die
      > "Oh no--my data base,"
      > I cried
      > I thought I heard a
      > voice reply,
      > "You'll see your data
      > Nevermore!"
      >
      > To this day I do not
      > know
      > The place to which lost
      > data goes
      > I bet it goes to heaven
      > where the angels have
      > it stored
      > But as for
      > productivity, well
      > I fear that IT goes
      > straight to hell
      > And that's the tale I
      > have to tell
      > Your choice: "Abort,
      > Retry, Ignore."
      >
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