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Microsoft Announces Customization of BSOD


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:31 PM

Blue Screen of Death


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 (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 XXXScans" 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 BSOD is by far the most recognized feature of the Windows 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 even has a BSOD, let alone a customizable one."
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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:34 PM

:flowers: :trumpet: :inlove: :cool: :thumbsup:
omg thats too funny

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:44 PM

Nice 1!!!

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:47 PM

Long awaited and anticipated, so it's finally here at last.

I can't wait to customize mine to show a random display of
Knowledge Base articles. Gee I wonder if I can get them with
custom "go to top of page" non-functional links and True-Type fonts?
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 10:29 PM

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You are too cool! I love it!

:thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 10:47 PM

Boy oh boy. I sure can't pull the wool over you all's eyes. This started out to be a April Fool's joke. A half-hearted one I'll admit. But as soon as Raw replied, well... the proverbial cat was out of the bag. I was kinda hoping someone would fall for it. :thumbsup:

You guy's are to smart. :flowers:


Oh well, there is always next year. :trumpet:

Edited by scarlett, 01 April 2005 - 10:48 PM.

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 01:00 PM

:thumbsup: B)

:inlove: :P

:flowers: :trumpet:

:cool: :)


Finally a way that allows us to make the "blue screen of death" more pleasant... lmfao

edit: limit of emoticion? wtf? 8-12 (is the limit) I like emoticions, couldn't they make it like 25? plz... :)

Edited by yanowhiz, 04 April 2005 - 01:00 PM.





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