Microsoft Announces Improved BSOD

gonaads

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Microsoft Announces Improved BSOD
In a surprise announcement today, Microsoft President Steve Ballmer revealed that the Redmond based company will allow computer resellers and end-users to customize the appearance of the Blue Screen of Death (abbreviated BSOD), the screen that displays when the Windows operating system crashes.

The move comes as the result of numerous focus groups and customer surveys done by Microsoft. Thousands of Microsoft customers were asked, "What do you spend the most time doing on your computer?" A surprising number of respondents said, "Staring at a Blue Screen of Death". At 54 percent, it was the top answer, beating the second place answer "Downloading Pornography" by an easy 12 points.

"We immediately recognized this as a great opportunity for ourselves, our channel partners, and especially our customers." explained the excited Ballmer to a room full of reporters.

Immense video displays were used to show images of the new customizable BSOD screen side-by-side with the older static version. Users can select from a collection of "BSOD Themes", allowing them to instead have a Mauve Screen of Death or even a Paisley Screen of Death. Graphics and multimedia content can now be incorporated into the screen, making the BSOD the perfect conduit for delivering product information and entertainment to Windows users.

The Blue Screen of Death is by far the most recognized feature of the Windows (tm) operating system, and as a result, Microsoft has historically insisted on total control over its look-and-feel. This recent departure from that policy reflects Microsoft's recognition of the Windows desktop itself as the "ultimate information portal." By default, the new BSOD will be configured to show a random selection of Microsoft product information whenever the system crashes. Microsoft channel partners can negotiate with Microsoft for the right to customize the BSOD on systems they ship.

Major computer resellers such as Compaq, Gateway, and Dell are already lining up for premier placement on the new and improved BSOD.

Ballmer concluded by getting a dig in against the Open Source community.

"This just goes to show that Microsoft continues to innovate at a much faster pace than open source. I have yet to see any evidence that Linux or OpenBSD even have a BSOD, let alone a customizable one.

:rolleyes: :p
 

Erbmaster

OSNN Veteran Addict
#3
Errr shouldn't they concentrate all efforts to eliminate BSOD's not glorify them? :p

People will be purposely crashing their machines just to see the latest kewl BSOD ina "action" :D
 

gonaads

Beware the G-Man
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Erbmaster said:
People will be purposely crashing their machines just to see the latest kewl BSOD in "action" :D

hahaha... yeah huh.


No more customized Cases, now new custom 16million colors BSOD. :p
 

Perris Calderon

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do you know how much money mcntosh will pay to put up an add on the blue screen of death?

enough to fund longhorn me thinks
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#9
Actually, I'm guessing that the total cost of Longhorn could be just enough to pull off a hostile takeover of Apple. :)
 

Xie

- geek -
#10
gonaads said:
"This just goes to show that Microsoft continues to innovate at a much faster pace than open source. I have yet to see any evidence that Linux or OpenBSD even have a BSOD, let alone a customizable one.
1st you have to have an unstable OS :)
 

Sazar

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you can still bsod it with an IRQ error or buffer over/under flow errors but the former is not gonna happen on my system and the latter can't happen on my system so I spose I Am safe from bsod's :cool:

/me finds some wood and touches it..
 
#15
I very rarely have gotten a BSOD... I had XP installed for about a year before I recently formatted and I think I got maybe 3 or 4 BSOD's in that entire time... so yeah, XP is infinitely more stable than any 9x series of OS's MS ever released... I had good luck with 2000 as well.
 

scavers

Wants OS X 10.3
#18
Erbmaster said:
Errr shouldn't they concentrate all efforts to eliminate BSOD's not glorify them? :p

People will be purposely crashing their machines just to see the latest kewl BSOD ina "action" :D
that's what i would do.
 
#19
well the thing is that by default, XP is set to reboot on errors...therefore not even showing you the BSOD. If you disable the "reboot on error," then you will see the shiny great BSOD in all its glory. This is of course if you ever get errors. I usually encounter them when getting too cocky overclocking hehe.

great quote at the end by the way lol
 

Vetrius

Coenfidentialityism
#20
you can see them even if reboot on error is enabled, you only see it for a few seconds, tempting you to crash your system more often so that you can love that screen many times but not saturate your taste :p god i hate that screen...
 

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