Friday, 29 August 2008

When is a computer like a departing lover?

... When you try to send an email and get this back:

MAILER-DAEMON@server1.domainname.com wrote:

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at server1.domainname.com.

I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.

This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

We could all learn something, I feel, from Mailer Daemon, with his heavyhearted semicolons, who certainly breaks it to us gently – but doesn't leave any room for doubt.

2 comments:

Ally said...

That's strangely touching. Rather like HAL singing Daisy Bell in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Billicatons said...

Absolutely ... A rather splendid likeness to draw ...

For anyone who hasn't seen 2001:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xOEJ-VuvLM

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