Fatal error number 27

I’m working along on my computer, minding my own business (literally), and all my stuff disappears from the screen except for that dreaded message “Fatal error number 27 together with a highlighted box that says “OK?” “NOT OK!” I scream at my computer. With increasing exasperation and futility, I click elsewhere on my screen. But I’ve been there before done that, and I know with dire certainty that my computer won’t let me do anything else except click on “OK.” I want a “Not OK” box to click. Other messages that we all get from our computers every day are just like this. There’s a famous one that gives you the alternatives ABORT, CANCEL, RETRY. I always choose “retry.” Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? After all, everyday life is like this. We’ve all learned the old wisdom, “If at first you don`t succeed, try, try, try again.” So I click RETRY. It never works. The awful thing about computers is that if it doesn’t work the first time, it isn’t going to work the second time either. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal; maybe next time RETRY will work. I never learn. What I really want is an UNDO button. When this is an option, computers are in fact better than real life. How many times in life have i wished that I could push UNDO? Now that computer lore has become the culture, I think of it often. If only I could go back and not have done was I did. Alas all too often, my whatever, behavior in life, as in computers, is imperfect. Whenever I deal with computers, there is one sure bit of knowledge in the back of my mind I can always reboot. The reset button beckons to me. Even pulling the power plug from the wall has a certain emotional appeal. Forget everything I’ve done lately; lets just start all over. Again, sigh, if real life were only like that. Just every now and then-because this is a drastic solution-the notion of a personal reboot to the last preserved state appeals to me. What with all the progress in cloning technology, who knows what might be possible? Incredible, but true, that just as I finished that last sentence, my screen half disappeared, and I got a message box saying, “This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.” I’m using a brand new version of the word processor. What was the illegal operation, I wonder. Am I forbidden to talk about these error messages? Is there a filter in the new version that detects my negative slant on the error messages? This time the box gives me two options: CLOSE and DETAILS. Obviously, I don’t want to close, although fortunately I have just saved the work (as if this were worth saving!). So, as always, I push DETAILS. I know what t am going to get, but I push it anyway. You would think that when you ask for details, you would get something like: “Well, unfortunately, you tried to invoke the flogistor when you were in the obviator mode. Please don’t do that again.