Microsoft Windows never lets us down when it comes to BSOD amusement and at the 2008 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies it strikes again
With 70 million viewers watching, a record for non-U.S. Olympic Summer Games viewership, how many people do you think
"whenever you are dealing with Windows, there seems to be a chance that the BSOD will hit"
What are people doing to their computers? What kinda of cheap-ass hardware are you trying to run Windows on?
I have not had a BSOD since windows 9x. I am baffled that people will throw all kinds of spyware/adware (most of the time the download is not free geniuses) on their computers, shell out a raging 300 bucks to build or by a machine, not maintain the computer in anyway, throw performance hampering anti-virus software on their computers that will not remove the SPYWARE that they believe is a virus and still blame Windows for crashing. This is almost equivalent to overloading a garbage bag, slicing little holes all over the garbage bag and then blaming hefty when your garbage ends up on the floor.
I would suspect the BSOD in this case is from faulty hardware (China should have plenty lying around) or an unreliable proprietary program.
I've had a couple blue-screens when I was overclocking my CPU, but it is really hard to blu-screen or lock up a windows OS now. You have to do something outside its parameters and not just to a minor degree. Now a Mac on the other hand, I can do the same thing and I wouldn't be seeing that machine again.
August 13, 2008 1:43:41 AM
That's typical for Windows! Anytime you use a product that has always been unstable, you're bound to have problems. Foreign countries usually support open source software, so why didn't they use a Linux server for the Olympics? Perhaps another payoff from M$...? Probably!
1. Why is there a projected image on the back of the big brim screen? Kinda a weird place to place a projector.
2. Why is one crashed windows = one BSOD? Shouldn't this server be running multiple projectors?
August 13, 2008 2:16:02 AM
F A K E ! ! Find the picture of this BSOD... Now since its in China, shouldn't they speak Chinese? The BSOD is IN ENGLISH. Plus you can look at the edges and see its clearly photoshop.
Actually, BSODs are in english reguardless of which langauge pack is installed. I've seen a few on Chinese computers. Since the debugger speaks English, giving him a Chinese output wouldn't be very useful...
"What are people doing to their computers? What kinda of cheap-ass hardware are you trying to run Windows on?"
i think the article was written light heartedly, rather than being overly serious. Windows has come a long way since win95, being a hard system to BSOD these days, but it does happen, and it can be funny when it does happen if its not on your own computer. Mainly BSOD are due to hardware faults as pointed out these days.
Actually, BSODs are in english reguardless of which langauge pack is installed.
No, they are not. At least on the Czech edition of Windows XP, the text is in Czech, not in English.
Perhaps it is just too hard to print Chinese characters in text mode so MS didn't bother.
August 14, 2008 4:43:07 AM
A Texas company High End Systems provided technoloy support for the Opening Ceremony.Using 120 HES Axon Media Servers in Beijing Olympics
All light and projectors are controlled by Axon Media Servers with 3 Wholehog 3.
Axon Media Servers specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
MB: ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
Display: ATI HD2900XT(ASUS)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB
OS: Windows XP Embedded O/S,with DirectX?DirectShow?NET 2.0 Framework