Author unknown, sent by a friend to a friend etc.. In Japan, it is said (I have not seen this confirmed), Sony computers have replaced the impersonal and less-than-helpful Microsoft error messages with their own Japanese haiku poetry, each containing only 17 syllables (ideally in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively).
Here are some English
versions it would be nice to
see English ones use. [IPH]

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located but
Countless more exist.

Having used Linux,
You are much happier now
Than your Windows friend.

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

ABORTED effort:
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
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 are seeking
Must now be retyped.