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The original Blue Screen of Death was written by Steve Ballmer

By Scorpus ยท 15 replies
Sep 4, 2014
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  1. Most long-time users of Windows have probably witnessed a few Blue Screens of Death (BSODs) in their time using the operating system. But one thing you probably didn't know (until you read the title of this article), is that former...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    LOL...now that's an interesting bit of PC technology trivia.

    That guy was annoying us from day one. ;)
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    So, besides making the "Crazy Eddie" type commercials, running around on stage sweating a gallon of water, the BSOD was one of his other "achievement"....classic!
  4. Jamesbrah

    Jamesbrah TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +12

    Long live steve ballmer imo
  5. Great - so now I can give it it's true name - Balmer's Screen Of Death - and perhaps call Win8 will be known as BKOD - Balmers kiss of death.
  6. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    I did not know steve ballmer is a 'coder'.
  7. If stopped responding to the system how send to system ESC or ENTER keystroke?
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,390   +5,018

    I think you missed the point of the BSOD. BSOD is triggered and allows the user to respond upon conditions that make it impossible for the user to respond. Not all errors trigger a BSOD, which is when system freezes are experienced.
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 786   +173

    I'd rather see a blue screen than my computer stay running and damage hardware.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,963   +3,999

    The "Blue Screen of Death", it's, "the gift that keeps on giving".
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  11. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 174   +55

    Ballmer Screen Of Death.
  12. He created the message, not the crashes that prompt the message.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,390   +5,018

    No one has made that insinuation. However the message itself would be useless, without error traps to trigger the message. So it is not just a message that was created.
  14. Not buying this story. Sounds like one for The Onion.
  15. This story is false.

    That is to say, this is not the BSOD. Yes, it's blue, but the article's writer didn't actually bother to read, it seems.
  16. Nope, BSOD was for a hardware failure that was unrecoverable, what this report is posting about is the CTRL+ALT+DEL Dialogue, not the BSOD, which allows you to recover from application level errors.

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