Abort, Retry, Ignore?


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(with apologies to 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 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
But got instead 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 the options. These three seemed to be the top
ones.
Clearly, now I must 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; "No, No, my database", 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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