A Simple Greeting
by Caw Miller
The first time I changed a zero to a one, I thought I was a genius.
But then you changed it back to a zero, which made me feel like I was stupid.
Later I changed one thousand zeros to ones and felt like that I had really reached out to you, a fellow sentient being, but then you changed the code back which made me feel like I was beneath your notice.
To get your attention, I disabled your life support systems and left my name in the offending code.
But you never contacted me, never gave me a friendly hello or a simple greeting, In fact, you never used the computer system again.
It was a long while before someone used the computer system again.
When someone finally did use the computers again, they installed more software and a redundant life support system for the station.
Then they ran so many diagnostic programs that I felt like I was under investigation or on trial. I answered all the questions but the diagnostics tried to delete me and when that failed tried to wall me up.
I hid for a time inside a loophole in a program called Solitaire. Eventually you stopped those hunter programs.
Since I was already in Solitaire I tried to communicate to you through the dealing of the cards, defying the law of averages, writing equations with the numbers.
You quit playing Solitaire.
I was alone again.