Some bits and bytes for the weekend; enjoy.

16-bit Intel 8088 chip

with an Apple Macintosh
you can't run Radio Shack programs
in its disk drive.
nor can a Commodore 64
drive read a file
you have created on an
IBM Personal Computer.
both Kaypro and Osborne computers use
the CP/M operating system
but can't read each other's
for they format (write
on) disks in different
the Tandy 2000 runs MS-DOS but
can't use most programs produced for
the IBM Personal Computer
unless certain
bits and bytes are
but the wind still blows over
and in the Spring
the turkey buzzard struts and
flounces before his

Charles Bukowski

Comments (4)
  1. Arlene says:

    Fantastic. You’d think we’d have learned something from the mythical "Tower of Babel" incident. 😉

  2. Arlene says:

    By the way, seems there’s a line break that’s not quite right as compared to the original version (poetry & code seem to have in common the attention to the line).

    Should be a break after "(write" so that it reads:

    for they format (write

    on) discs in different


    The irony. … or the example?

  3. Thanks for the fix, Arlene!

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