ABORT, RETRY, IGNORE? (
To the meter of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen 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 bed sheets, still I sat there doing spreadsheets. Having reached the bottom line I took a floppy from the drawer, 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. But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token. “Save!” I said, “You cursed monster! 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…
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