The Error

by Mordechai Housman
With copious help from his wife, Kressel

(With apologies to Edgar Allen Poe)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I deleted, weak and weary,
Many encrypted email attachments from e-stores galore,
While I queried, clicking, surfing; suddenly there came a dinging,
Of my server gently bringing, email to my virtual door.
"Tis some spammer," I muttered, "cluttering up my inbox more;
Only this, and nothing more."

Presently I read that letter, which claimed it linked to something better,
"Sir," wrote I, "or madam, truly your courtesy I implore;
But the fact is, I was browsing, and so suddenly you came carousing,
And so slyly you came carousing, selling, displaying on my monitor,
That I wondered if I knew you." Here I clicked the mouse once more --
No link there, but "404!"

Long I kept the engines searching, long I sat there, wondering, seeking,
Doubting, wandering places no mortals ever dared to surf before;
but never could I find that page, the web site of that spamming mage.
Still, words of wisdom, words so sage, came so readily to the fore -
Yon error message found on too many sites yet more and more,
Quoth the server, "404."


To Email Me



Hello, dear Reader.

Don't you just hate those "404" error pages?

This is my personalized error page.
It's here because there is some mistake
about the URL address of the page
you are trying to reach.

You may have reached this page
by typing the URL incorrectly.

On the other hand, the mistake might be my fault.

We have just moved this website to a new provider.
so errors might happen now and then.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

To find the page you want, please go to my
home page
and scroll down until you find the link to it.

If you got here by clicking on a link
provided by a search engine,
we can only wait until the search engines
get on the ball and update their systems.

If you got here by clicking on a link
on one of the pages of this or any other web site,
please report it immediately,
and tell me on what page you caught this error,
and what article you were supposed to reach
instead of this error page,
so I can fix it.

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