Nothing more – Abort, Retry, Ignore

I posted this before on my old blog. Sadly thats now out of commission…still need to remove the link. Maybe this on this blog too from last year…..not sure. Regardless here it is again. It appeals to the geek in me. Hope everyone has a good day. Laters.

Nothing more – By Anon (with appologies to ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe)

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, I then invoked the SAVE command
and waited for the disk to store,
Only this and nothing more.

Deep into the monitor peering, long I sat there wond’ring, fearing,
Doubting, while the disk kept churning, turning yet to churn some
more. “Save!” I said, “You cursed mother! Save my data from before!”
One thing did the phosphors answer, only this and nothing more, Just,
“Abort, Retry, Ignore?”

Was this some occult illusion? Some maniacal intrusion?
These were choices undesired, ones I’d never faced before.
Carefully, I weighed the choices as the disk made impish noises. The
cursor flashed, insistent, waiting, baiting me to type some more.
Clearly I must press a key, choosing one and nothing more, From 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
Timidly I pressed a key.
But on the screen there still persisted words appearing as before.
Ghastly grim they blinked and taunted, haunted, as my patience wore, Saying
“Abort, Retry, Ignore?”

I tried to catch the chips off-guard —
I pressed again, but twice as hard.
I pleaded with the cursed machine: I begged and cried and then I swore.
Now in desperation, trying random combinations, Still there came the incantation, just as senseless as before.
Cursor blinking, angrily winking, blinking nonsense as before. Reading,
“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 dreadful sight: a lightning bolt cut through the
night. A gasp of horror overtook me, shook me to my core. The
lightning zapped my previous data, lost and gone forevermore. Not even,
“Abort, Retry, Ignore?”

To this day I do not know
The place to which lost data goes.
What demonic nether world is wrought where data will be stored,
Beyond the reach of mortal souls, beyond the ether, into black holes?
But sure as there’s C, Pascal, Lotus, Ashton-Tate and more,
You will one day be left to wander, lost on some Plutonian shore, Pleading,
“Abort, Retry, Ignore?”

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2 responses to “Nothing more – Abort, Retry, Ignore

  1. lol That was good. Man, I like Edgar Allen Poe’s work. His short stories were especially very good! The Cask of Amantillado (spelling?), etc. etc.!

  2. 🙂 Glad you liked it. I actually haven’t read much else of E.A. Poe’s work, its really good though eh? Is it in the same creepy style?

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