Friday, March 5, 2010

Also sprach Xerox Workcentre 5655

They may not have the "rattle and moan" of "Hank Williams talking to Nina Simone," in the words of Tom Russell, but the messages of the copying machine in my office have a crude poetry of their own.

Please wait, exiting sleep mode.

The screen will reset shortly.

Please wait, machine self-test in progress.

Accounting/ Authentication logout.

Xerographic Module Cleaning.

Ready to scan your job.

Select the Active Messages button.

Print system configuration report.

Faults/ All faults

Display usage counters.

Clear all Confirmation.

Reset user programming in all pathways.

Touch a button if you require more time.

Selections are about to be reset.

You have been logged out of your session.

Who am I to doubt these mysteries?


  1. "Xerographic Module Cleaning" would be a great indie band name.

  2. There's a story out there about some computers in Japan displaying error messages in the form of haiku--I don't know if it is true or an urban legend!