Aug
30
2010

Blue Screen of Death

You’ve heard of Blue Screens of Death, right? Some people call them BSoDs. They tend to be scary, frustrating, and confusing all at the same time.

You’ve been working on a paper or project (or maybe just playing a game) for hours, and suddenly your computer freezes and up comes this huge blue screen with a completely useless error message on it like “Windows has encountered a critical error and will be shut down.” A few seconds later, the whole system grinds to a halt and blinks off.

Ever wonder why the screen is blue? It’s just text, right? No graphics. Kind of like DOS. But DOS was a black screen with white text.

Why aren’t these error messages black and white, too?

I found out today. This is great. Are you ready for this?

It turns out that, long ago, the folks at Microsoft studied psychology and found out that blue is a calming color. Get it? Ever since that day, those “critical errors” have been calming experiences.

I imagine that future versions will come with a computerized voice:

“Hello. This is just a friendly announcement that you’ve lost the last 4 hours of your work. Hopefully your computer hasn’t suffered permenant damage, but if so, computers are on sale this week for $499 at Wal-Mart. Or, Geek Squad can try to repair it for $129/hour. Please be calm. Don’t worry; be happy….”

See what I mean? It’s the blue that makes all the difference.

Written by in: Business,Humor,Technology |

2 Comments

  • Steve says:

    I don’t think Julie sees blue as happy when that happens to her ‘puter :-)

  • Larry Reeder says:

    Hmmm…. If death had never been attached to the experience, it might be more calming.

    Perhaps something like the Definition of Failure in Blue (DoFiB???) or maybe Blue Indication Of Significant Issue (BIOSI, hmmmm…. maybe.)

    Anyway, it’s only fun to kid about until it happens to you! Sort of like it’s only fun until somebody gets hurt.

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