I remember, from childhood, a parody of Longfellow’s verse, which always amused me:
‘Lives of Great Men’ all remind us
As we through their pages turn
That we too may leave behind us
Letters that we ought to burn.
Some years ago I was trying to come up with a version for the modern age, and I stumbled across it this morning:
As you scoff at simple errors
In some ‘Great Man’’s last spreadsheet,
Lurk within your email backups
Attachments you too should delete!
Mmm. Perhaps that was best consigned to the digital flames as well.