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A fate worse than death

Joi Ito reports that Microsoft's new Longhorn operating system will include a new feature — the Red Screen of Death (RSOD):

Joi notes that the RSOD is not replacing the familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Rather, it's a more serious event reserved "for really bad errors."

You've got to admire how Microsoft is managing user expectations. In the past, getting the dreaded Blue Screen of Death was the worst thing that could happen. But Longhorn users will presumably be happy to get a "mere" BSOD instead of the more lethal red variety.


Anonymous said...

I always wonder how they test these things. Does Microsoft have a room full of machines with failing memory, or a corrupted harddrive?

I mean, if they just simulate everything on a perfectly good system, they can't possibly actually test the circumstances under which systems fail... 

Posted by Brian

Anonymous said...

That reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin asks his dad how they know the weight limit for bridges.

His dad says they drive bigger and bigger trucks over the bridge until it breaks; then they weigh the last truck and re-build the bridge. 

Posted by GaijinBiker

Anonymous said...

So Tom Ridge has moved out to Redmond... 

Posted by Bojack



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