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Public BSOD Sightings?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the inescapable-blue-screen-of-death dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 307

Sanksa Wott asks: "My travels over the weekend brought me to a very popular fast food restaurant, where, in the drive-through I was greeted with, what else... a blue screen! Since BSOD's can show up almost anywhere, I thought I would ask: 'What has your funniest/most interesting/noteworthy/etc. encounter with public displays of the BSOD been like?' Note: This isn't meant to be a troll, so lets be nice ;)"

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PATH BSOD (2, Interesting)

bluethundr (562578) | more than 10 years ago | (#7514978)

Not particularly funny, but the PATH [pathrail.com] station at 14th and 6th in the city has all these flat panel displays that are supposed to give you updates on the trains and such and news so that you're not bored standing there waiting for your train. It is FOREVER BSODed!

Re:PATH BSOD (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515303)

Talking of stations, I saw one at Perth (.au) International Airport a few weeks ago on the flight departures and arrivals displays; I didn't have a camera with me though. Bummer.

Re:PATH BSOD (2, Interesting)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515661)

Thats nothing, on my flight on a 777 from DFW to Manchester. I was watching the nice three dimensional flight map on their huge display in the front of the craft. When all of a sudden, it pops up a nice stack trace, over the image. Thats right, the flight map crashed. That was very reassuring to say the least.

Lisbon subway system (2, Interesting)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515507)

Lisbon built this fancy new subway/bus/train station for the Expo there about 5 years ago. I was there for a month studying, and lived near the station. They had spared no expense, it was really an impressive facility. They had these screens up all over that were really nice at the time. LCD, widscreen, and pretty large. I saw one of them working once and the rest of the time they all showed the BSOD every time I saw them.

My personal favorite (4, Funny)

revmoo (652952) | more than 10 years ago | (#7514987)

My personal favorite BSOD is the one where Bill Gates was doing a keynote showing off the new features of Windows 98 and it crashed on a massive screen in front of hundreds of people.

Priceless :-)

Re:My personal favorite (1)

MSG (12810) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516207)

You know what's funnier than that? I have *never*, not once, been to a presentation where an MS representative was demoing some new piece of MS software and not seen at least one BSOD.

Seems like there's always some guy in the back that yells "IT'S NOT A BUG, IT'S A FEATURE", too.

You mean (5, Informative)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7514993)

Something like this? [piemaster.co.uk]

Re:You mean (2, Interesting)

Ianoo (711633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515144)

In all seriousness, I find it frightening that Windows seems to be so ubiquitous in applications that scream out for embedded development. Why pick a Pentium processor running a multitasking operating system with all the complexities and foibles of Windows over a small, tight ARM-based system?

Development costs would be higher, but in the long run these systems would be much cheaper to mass-deploy. Have people forgotten how to write graphics code without using the Windows GDI?

I'm not talking about assembler, but surely a customised realtime operating system or something like embedded Linux, BSD, whatever would make for a much cheaper system than Windows, which ultimately isn't modular enough to do this kind of thing effectively.

Re:You mean (1)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515173)

Development costs would be higher, but in the long run these systems would be much cheaper to mass-deploy.

Most of these systems, like the US customs box or some specialized equipment, are contracted through a tender. For government agency, who has this program financed it's important that development costs are low to begin with, and that's why the lowest bidder usually gets them.

Not really cheaper (2, Interesting)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515212)

Running on Windows means commodity hardware - cheaper up front, cheaper to replace, and easier to find people to service. Same with programming it in Windows. Sure, Windows costs more than Linux, but you can throw VB or something up quick and dirty. The underlying design can be total shit because your commodity hardware has power to burn.

Many of these things could probably benefit from more carefully designed systems that don't suffer from Desktop OS issues, but unless everyone starts doing it all at once, it's more expensive and they simply aren't critical systems. Yet.

Re:You mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7516242)

> I find it frightening that Windows seems to be so ubiquitous in applications that scream out for embedded development.

It's even more frightening that they use Windows 98.

> Have people forgotten how to write graphics code without using the Windows GDI?

I don't think so, but keep in mind that developing a video driver, etc, is not cheap.

TV Station (2, Interesting)

Thomas A. Anderson (114614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7514998)

My favorite so far has been one of the local tv stations that users windows to schedule programming, and when it crashed, their channel showed a bsod for 3 hours..... :)

Re:TV Station (3, Interesting)

Whatchamacallit (21721) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515299)

I once saw the on screen scrolling Guide (now owned by TV Guide) crash and it was sitting at an AmigaDOS console prompt.

It's since had a face life but I think it's still running on an Amiga! This is strange in that I didn't think there were many Amiga systems still in production usage. I am sure there are Amiga systems still in use all over the place but I was surprised to see it being used for the TV Guide.

Re:TV Station (1)

RackinFrackin (152232) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515725)

I remember seeing a similar thing back in the early 90s. The local cable company ran a guide channel on an Amiga, which would occasionally crash, showing the guru screen.

Re:TV Station (1)

davidhan (539718) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515328)

On one of my cable system's community bulletin board channels, I didn't see the BSOD, but a few times I see it showing a Windows desktop, as if the program that runs the announcements quit somehow and no one noticed.

Re:TV Station (1)

FCKGW (664530) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516379)

I've seen the local community access channel with error messages a few times. Here's one example [dyndns.org] ; it's the only one I managed to dig up. It's hard to read, but it's RealPlayer that crashed. It doesn't surprise me that RealPlayer crashed since it runs in the background for no reason, but I wonder WTF it was doing on that box.

Another time some program (like antivirus, or whatever they used to show ads and stuff) would crash, then the computer would reboot, then the cycle would repeat. It ran Windows 2000 Pro and I could see almost the entire bootup process every few minutes.

well.. (0, Funny)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515009)

This one time, at band camp...

Public displays of BSOD (2, Funny)

heldlikesound (132717) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515010)

Where I'm from, you can go to jail for that stuff.

Re:Public displays of BSOD (1)

self assembled struc (62483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515022)

Ah, how's Georgia?

Not a BSOD, but (3, Interesting)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515014)

Over an entire weekend once the Local Access TV station programming was stopped by Norton AntiVirus' Update Definitions message.

I had to rip out NAV... (0, Offtopic)

devphil (51341) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515539)


...because the damn thing kept popping up windows at random times, complaining that it hadn't been able to connect to the internet to get its updates.

Except that every place I could find a choice, I had told it to /not/ do automatic updating, to let me handle it manually. Because the machine in question was a laptop, rarely connected to anything, and when it is, I typically need /all/ the bandwidth.

I even walked through the registry by hand. I could not find whatever setting it was using to ignore me and keep trying to go out on the net, resulting in these fucking popups right when I'm trying to demonstrate some code or read a tech document.

Fuck it, I said, and uninstalled the whole damn thing. I don't care how important a piece of software /thinks/ it is, it does what I fucking tell it to do or it goes.

Re:I had to rip out NAV... (1)

secolactico (519805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515746)

I had to uninstall real player (now realone) for that reason. Man, that thing was anoying. Almost virus-like.

Re:I had to rip out NAV... (1)

Viper168 (650370) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516143)

You mean, it isn't a virus?

Re:I had to rip out NAV... (1)

FCKGW (664530) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516432)

Try Real Alternative [softrom.ro] . It installs Media Player Classic and enough codecs to play RealMedia. Nobody should have to use RealPlayer; it even crashes on TV [dyndns.org] .

For three years! (1, Troll)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515019)

I hadn't seen a BSOD for THREE YEARS until I started college. The first thing I saw when I came home after the first day of classes was a BSOD on my roommate's computer. That was my first moment of real doubt that I'd find anyone else at my little community college who knew anything about Linux. The blue glow of the BSOD has become a common thing in my dorm these days from the opposite end of my side of the room.

I suppose this isn't really a public sighting, but there's very little privacy in a dorm room. Since I'm the only Linux user a the entire school, BSOD sightings are pretty common.

Re:For three years! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515157)

community college is for simpletons.

Re:For three years! (1)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515406)

That is true. And so is my story, which makes me wonder why I was modded as a troll.

Re:For three years! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515445)

True. Too bad there isn't an option for "-1, dumbfuck."

Re:For three years! (1)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515498)

Yeah, you could use one of those moderations right about now Mr. Anonymous.

Warner Village (3, Interesting)

Ianoo (711633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515028)

Not a BSOD, but I discovered that the Warner Village Cinema automated ticket machines run NT4 when the application crashed and I was left with a desktop. Could even browse the Internet (had IE installed) before we got 'noticed' and told to use another terminal.

Re:Warner Village (2, Funny)

CowboyNick (612553) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515607)

Attendant: Um, sir what are you doing?
You: Well, I just though I'd make my reservations online....
:)
Good One!!

Airport travel monitors (2, Interesting)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515049)

At least some of the airport travel monitors at O'Hare run Windows. You know, the little things with a list of arrival and departure times? Once in a while you'll walk past and see either one (sometimes an entire bank) with blue screens.

Re:Airport travel monitors (1)

brianjcain (622084) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515518)

I had a similar experience. The self check-in terminals apparently run windows (I saw the blue screen in GRIA [rocairport.com] , but most/all airlines have these in most/all airports by now) and one of them was idling at a BSOD.

Oh, and the POS terminals at my local cafeteria ran a windows variant (the operator had to power cycle it when it stopped working). POS seems appropriate for windows.

On the airport 'arrivals' and 'departures' screen (1)

venom600 (527627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515068)

At my local airport I've seen the BSOD on both the 'arriving flights' screen AND the the 'departing flights' screen.

My experience (1)

irve (603789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515070)

I have seen a GPF error message on a bank ATM. Luckily the last time I saw the same bank's ATM booting, it was some other operating system.

Oh, and one of my favourites was a mouse cursor over TV station's screen. Moving randomly, doing its own business on some unseen screen.

Re:My experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515188)

Most automated tellers still run OS/2 V1.3. No blue screens of death, but still funny if you manage to see one during bootup.

I saw one at McDonalds this weekend also (4, Funny)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515078)

I went through the drive-through, and the total came out to around $10 + some change. Not wanting to break the $20 bill I had (a new one) into a five and ones, I found the correct change and feed the computer the $20 and the change. The computer did not comprehend this input, however, and a human had to intervene by helping the computer count the proper change. The human assistant, however, still got the change wrong, as I received a five, five ones, and a dime back. I still don't understand why neither the human or the computer could figure that one out.

The computer model was human high-school female type, and the human assistant was a manager.

Slashdot user.... (-1, Troll)

ewhenn (647989) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515114)

... launch application girlfriend..

BSOD!!!

Re:Slashdot user.... (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516271)

" ... launch application girlfriend.. BSOD!!!"

fool.

>man woman

>segfault (core dumped)

BSOD on a US Customs kiosk at LAX (2, Funny)

blues5150 (161900) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515133)

I made sure to snap a pic of it to remember my trip home from Hawaii.

I have seen them and 4 different locations. (3, Interesting)

Neck_of_the_Woods (305788) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515148)

#1. The Day of a VC visit the front plasma display at the receptionist was runing on nt 4.0 machine. BSOD....that instill trust.

#2. Buying some groceries at the local food market...scan..scan...scan....bang! MY FOOD IS FREE!!!

#3. While on vacation in Hawaii at a access kiosk. Aloha never ment so much to me, I missed home so much less at that moment.

#4. At a change counter you dump you loose change in and get green backs, ironic that it was at the same places as the above scanner. Free money, free food, I LIKE IT!

Second hand stories (2, Interesting)

toybuilder (161045) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515181)

My coworkers and I were talking about this over lunch a few weeks ago...

One guy saw BSOD's on gate information displays at Heathrow.

Another guy saw the BSOD, and then subsequent rebooting and attempts to fix the system being displayed on a "jumbotron" type display on the Las Vegas Strip which lasted a few minutes until the tech apparently realized he should disconnect the big display...

Re:Second hand stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515543)

Too bad those MSCE's aren't nearly as bright as the displays in vegas.

Re:Second hand stories (1)

i8msft (158890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515635)

I personally saw the BSOD at Heathrow, Terminal 3, morning of October 7th, 2003, 10am-ish. It was supposed to be displaying flight departure information, not that that's important in an airport like Heathrow.

About half the screens appeared to be fed from the one computer, since they all has the same BSOD display. Thankfully the other half were working normally.

Ho Hum

BSODs (4, Funny)

CyberVenom (697959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515197)

Lets see...

I've seen a BSOD on the local access cable channel.

I've seen a BSOD on the ATM at defcon (sorta. Wasn't really blue, but it was a major crash)

The best, though by far was when I went to Target and they had 3 consoles set up side by side. X-Box on the left, PS2 in the center, and GameCube on the right. The PS2 and GameCube were working just fine, demoing Tony Hawk and StarFox I think. The X-Box on the other hand was sitting there at a Black-Screen-Of-Death that was the same as a BSOD only black. (wow! great upgrade, Microsoft! No more Blue Screen of Death!) That really says a lot about the comparative reliability of those three systems. I'm glad Target was kind enough to provide the public with this demonstration: comparison shopping it its best!

Re:BSODs (3, Funny)

galaxy300 (111408) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515358)

At least we don't have to go back and change the acronym.

Re:BSODs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515488)

Judging by the public's reactions to other microsoft crap, average joe will probably go in there and say .. wow, those EVIL HACKERS even got into the XBOX! why don't they leave poor microsoft alone? Bill Gates is teh coolest guy evarrrr!!! I *heart* Windows 4EVER!

BSOD least of your worries... (0, Troll)

hal9000 (80652) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515206)

I wouldn't be worried about a BSOD there, pal.
Not when you've got a HMOD** to deal with.

** Happy Meal Of Death

Not BSOD, Java backtrace! (3, Interesting)

elmegil (12001) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515226)

My favorite one was pumping gas at an Amoco/BP station with the fancy new web enabled pumps. Imagine my suprise when I select my gas type, and have a big java backtrace dump all over the screen. The good news was that the pump had already recognized my selection and I was able to pump my gas. When I was done and "hung up" the handle, the screen reset itself.

Pottery Barn (1)

davidhan (539718) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515307)

I saw one of those at Pottery Barn, on their registry computers, which is like your Amazon wishlist, but just for sheets and pillows, stuff that your woman is into.

Re:Pottery Barn (1)

microcars (708223) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515388)

I don't have an Amazon wishlist You Insensitive Clod!

Re:Pottery Barn (1)

Wudbaer (48473) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515835)

And I don't have a woman, both of insentitive clods you !

Re:Pottery Barn (1)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515946)

You looking to buy? I can't get you one for a small sum.

Discount if you aren't particular about appearance and/or status as "living." Let me know.

Re:Pottery Barn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515994)

that should obviously say "i can get you one for a small sum."

doh!

Not a BSOD, but... (5, Funny)

sailracer6 (262434) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515308)

At the top-10 American university I go to, there's a big plasma screen behind the main information desk that shows a slideshow of school events.

Imagine my surprise when, one day, the screen informs me that I can get a

U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y D.I.P.L.O.M.A

from home, courtesy of Windows Messenger!

Ad campaign (5, Insightful)

gumbright (574609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515311)

One of the most mind boggling was a recent M$ ad campaign where they provided a "cut out" BSOD that you could tape on your monitor "in case you missed them". I could not believe the gall that would be required for M$ to taunt is own users for being so stupid as to have used a previous version of their OS.

Re:Ad campaign (1)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515854)

Do you have a link to a story or something about this ad? I'm curious.

Re:Ad campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7516218)

Well, it's true. I mean, you people like to chuckle about BSODs (and in fact the one in the article link is Win9x) but in Windows 2000 and XP they're effectively gone. Sorry, I know this is hard to swallow, but it's true. I've been using W2K for four years on many machines and I've seen just three, honestly, all caused by third-party drivers. And XP seems to follow the same pattern, at least until now (6 months, personally).

As Windows gets better, all you zealots can harp about is how terrible Windows 95 was (and I don't contest that), while conveniently ignoring the NT-based products, which are parsecs ahead of the 9x code base. Shiiiet, many of you still complain about the "Program manager". I mean, c'mon.

It took Microsoft ten years, but they did it. Hey, but where was the "free" graphical OS in 1994? 1998? Heh. Even today when I complain about RH5.x someone is quick to point out that it's "outdated" and I'm being unfair when I judge Linux based on it. Yeah.

Not really BSOD... (1)

Kidbro (80868) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515333)

...but an empty Amiga screen (the one that appeared when Workbench couldn't load properly in at least 1.3) being aired on a local (Oppna kanalen, Gothenburg, Sweden) TV channel. I guess this was related to the fact that they used to play old Amiga modules (as in the music files - .mod) during downtime...

NT boot screen on hotel video system (5, Interesting)

booch (4157) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515363)

I was staying at a nice brand new hotel, part of a popular chain. [Names omitted to protect the other guilty parties.] The in-room video system box had a noisy fan, so I unplugged it so I could sleep. The next day I plugged it in and saw the NT 4 boot screen on the TV. So I took a closer look at the box. It had an RJ-45 connector plugged into the wall.

So of course, I plugged my notebook into that wall jack to see what I could find. I got a DHCP address -- nice! So I looked at my default route and telnetted to it. A prompt. Some sort of IOS knock-off. Hmm, what would the password be? It took me about 3 tries -- it was the name of the company that sold the video system, which was written on the remote control. I didn't know enough about routers back then to know what to look for beyond that. I don't know if I might have been able to somehow connect to the Internet, or download their movies, or get into their reservation system. I really didn't want to get into that much trouble anyway. But just the fact that their router password was that obvious blew my mind.

terrorist! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515515)

people like you should be locked up!!!

OT: Re:NT boot screen on hotel video system (2, Interesting)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515560)

Kinda reminds me of my (brief) wardialing days in the mid '80s. Managed to connect my TRS-80 Model III to a computer at a local Humpty Dumpty grocery store.

The password prompt:
Humpty 2033
enter password:

1st try: humpty -> failed
2nd try: humpty 2033 ->failed
3rd try: 2033 ->success!

A

Heathrow airport... (1)

Zegnar (704768) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515387)

...almost every time I travel I notice one on some of the screens... doesn't really reassure me when I'm about to get in a flying tin can controlled by the same people.

PowerPoint (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515443)

This isn't a BSOD, but I've watched in fascination as someone muddled with PowerPoint on the local cable access TV channel, trying to update the announcements -- to country music, nonethelessd.

My most recent BSOD's.... (1)

Sevn (12012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515474)

One of the pay internet terminals at the airport in the twin cities. The incredibly buggy embedded microsoft OS driven internet TV dealio in the hotel room at the ritz carlton in vegas. But I've been traveling a lot lately. About 6 months ago I had an ATM bluescreen on me while it was halfway through printing my receipt. I did get my card back though.

Texaco gas pumps. (2, Funny)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515506)

Many of the pumps at Texaco stations have 4 or 5 inch lcd screen that is used for the display for such things as "Pay at the pump". After processing customer's credit information and gas grade selections the pumps displayed a looped video advertising various what not. In the midst of the loop was a BSOD that was displayed for some 30 seconds before the loop continued on.

The funniest part was that the pump itself was not blue screening. The BSOD was actually part of the looped video clip. The loop was displayed on all of Texaco's pumps with display screens, across the entire US for several months.

Don't tell SCO (1)

DevilM (191311) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515512)

They might sue Microsoft for damaging the reputation of McDonald's computer systems of which SCO is a major part.

Re:Don't tell SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7516193)

Actually, SCO isn't THAT major a part of McDonald's POS systems. The dominant current register system runs on MS-DOS. SCO Unix is used only in the back-office.

Or worse... (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515524)

I seem to recall seeing a BSOD on a local public-access cable channels that normally displays informational slides with elevator music for your viewing pleasure.

Even worse, is is now more frequently back on the Windows desktop showing a Windows Messenger spam, where it stays until someone in control happens to check the system or gets a complaint. Stupid viagra spammers are getting free airtime.

I suppose it wouldn't be completely ethical to send it one saying "Firewall your f*cking system!"

Bus Sux! (Socre:5, Informative) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515548)

George Bush, ass contortionist, Invading the United Kingdom

Fuck off George Bush! Get your fucking ass out the United Kingdom NOW! You are shit inhaling ass stretcher who deserves to EAT SHIT. I wish that Newspaper editor capped your ass when you were banging the Queen last night!
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Bush not welcome in UK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515550)

Worst. President. Ever.

Brasil: Itau Bank (1)

hummassa (157160) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515569)

my bank's ATMs greet me with a BSOD at least once a month. generally, the w2k machines are at least smart enough to reboot themselves in, say, five to ten minutes; but at least once (with me) it registered a transaction it had /not/ completed physically. bad, bad, bad...

Vegas baby, vegas (1)

milkman_matt (593465) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515588)

I don't think it's 'funny' exactly, but I remember one night when we checked into our room at the Excalibur, looking out the window for a minute I saw that the giant screen above the MGM Grand was blue screen'd.

-matt

not quite BSOD but just as good - (1)

bscott (460706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515601)

At a T-Mobile wireless store in Denver last summer, one of the flatscreens which normally showed their animated demo/whatever was blank, except for the monitor's screensaver bouncing slowly around the display - yes, you guessed it: "NO SIGNAL"...

BSOD in france (-1, Troll)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515644)

Shit guys, le missiles are coming! Fire our shit! But I have le BSOD. Well, resatart, then FIRE ZE MISSILES!

some of the ones I've seen (2, Informative)

ghamerly (309371) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515657)

At a "future of technology" display at Epcot Center: the future is blue [dyndns.org]

In the San Diego airport: your flight is now... cancelled [dyndns.org]

In an interesting correlation, both of these pictures were taken on trips for the ACM World Programming Contest (different years), which made them even more relevant, since it leads me to think about good problem solving techniques.

Re:some of the ones I've seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515893)

is that a man or a woman in that san diego airport pic?

curiously yours,
timmah

Re:some of the ones I've seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7516070)

Funny, I was wondering the same thing. Enquiring minds want to know!

Not a BSOD But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7515750)

Our Cable TV Station 15 years ago ( e-gad ) would show guru meditation #'s quite often...

train station / cimena ticket kiosk, but not BSOD (1)

complete loony (663508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515772)

1. not a BSOD, but funny anyway. At the main city train station in Adelaide (Australia) a new system of monitors to give info etc was installed, one day I saw all the monitors sitting in the bios boot screen waiting for a keyboard to press F1.

2. Ordered tickets to the movies over the net, went to the kiosk at the cinema, put my CC card in the machine, BOOM, PC rebooted, looks like it's based on OS/2 though not NT.

Re:train station / cimena ticket kiosk, but not BS (0)

kb3hag (584560) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515807)

(Was postedin a prevoius article, but it still applys! :) Re:Windows ATMs (Score:5, Interesting) [ Windows ATMs by 2005 ] by @madeus on 2003-09-19 10:56:00 7003951 Yeah we've had them for 6+ years (surprised this is news to others). I've seen them BSOD, ask for a login, and the one round the corner from me had a DHCP expiry/conflit alert on it for 3 months. You'd think SOMEONE would be arsed to fix it! (Still worked though, but it put other people off using it, meaning I didn't have to queue to use it). Lots of them are color and have shockwave flash type intro's. The underground here in London (well, really DLR, the Docklands Light Railway) has ticket machines that run OS/2, apparently in French or German though (definately not English!). They often die at early hours of the morning (~6) until rebooted remotely. end post gotta love them bsods !

FIRST Robotics (1)

jon787 (512497) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515828)

FIRST Robotics uses a VB app for the scoring updates during the competitions. Seeing one with a VB runtime DLL error of some sort wasn't uncommon back when I participated in them.

Amiga crash screen (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515858)

I've seen an Amiga crash screen (guru meditation) on my parents' cable TV service.

New BART ticket machines (1)

jackmakrl (115512) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515897)

Ok, it wasn't a BSOD, but the other day I was coming home from work and one of the fancy new BART [bart.gov] ticket machines had a Windows desktop (with icons for IE, Outlook, Recycle Bin etc.) instead of the ticket issuing application and an error dialog saying something about being unable to start a service.

Yup, that's common (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516566)

The nice expensive new ticket machines at the Millbrae station do that all the time.

It really sucks when you're trying to catch a train, too. Stupid Windows NT boxes.
All the money they spent, and they got stuck with Windows NT. heh.

When taking BART, also note the "elevator status" screens in the agent's booth. Quite often you'll see an ODBC:Ping Timeout error scroll across instead of the correct information.

The Science Museum (future section?) (1)

TinheadNed (142620) | more than 10 years ago | (#7515948)

Upstairs on the "techy" floor. I think it's the future stuff or something. There's quite a few random exhibits. And two BSODs and one POST failure (Press F1 to continue).

The Imperial War Museum also got a BSOD in the how-dangerous-and-smelly-submarines-are section.

An entire airport (1)

n9hmg (548792) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516008)

A few years ago, a friend arrived to leave from DEN (Denver International Airport, sometimes referred to as "DIA" - they call it "International" because it's in Canada, or so it seems after the drive). On arrival at the concourse, he went to check his flight status, and saw that every monitor, as far as the eye could see, was BSOD. Quite the upgrade advertisement, eh?

Not quite a BSOD (2, Funny)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516037)

The info system for the Danish rail-system runs windows. One of the screens shows the arrival times, and one day it also noted a print job, that was stalled, because the ink jet printer had run out of paper.

I saw this around 2 pm, and the warning was from 9 am. The day before ...

Hoboken (NJ) ATM Machine(s) (1)

speedy1161 (47255) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516076)

Just this past weekend, my group of engineer friends and I were walking from bar to bar, passed an ATM, and we all laughed our butts off that it was BSOD'd. I have also seen the same thing at the Fleet bank ATM at 6th and Washington in Hoboken also. Must be something about the town...

I Got r00t on a photo machine (2, Interesting)

Fnurk (13412) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516128)

I saw a passport photo machine here in gothenburg at the railway station which had a display on the outside. It showed a single xterm window with (root logged in) over the familiar grey fishbone pattern that you get when you run X without a window manager. Too bad that it didnt have any keyboard it could have been interesting to kill a few minutes there.

Monitor the monitoring system! (1)

bozone (113268) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516144)

I worked at a very large financial institution in Boston. In the early morning hours, I would walk by the area where the Wizard Kings of the NT server ops group sat. They had a 30" TV bolted to the wall / ceiling that displayed their server monitoring status (openView I believe) for everyone to see at glance. At least 2 times a week it was hanging on a BSOD. After it was pointed out to them, they fixed it by scheduling a nightly reboot.

Microsoft Ate My Debit Card (1)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516229)

I had a fucking ATM blue screen while my card was inside it. I got to be without my debit card for two weeks, and I had to wait in line an hour at the bank to reverse the $200 debited from my account, which the machine hadn't dispensed before crashing.

To this day, I'm afraid to pull out $200. I get $180 or $220.

Ditech bill board (1)

crotherm (160925) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516311)


On the freeway near my house one of those Ditech bill boards that have a giant computer display was showing the BSOD. I was tempted to break into the bill board and install linux or reboot it and run quake on it.. :)

Re:Ditech bill board (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7516411)

No wonder Linux people have bad reputation.

Get a job.

Wells Fargo ATM (1)

__david__ (45671) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516349)

I went to get some money out the ATM machine and it had a BSOD! It made me feel real confident with my banks monetary system. I now use B of A. :-)

-David

(Yes, I switched to B of A for unrelated reasons, but it makes the story better).

times square (1)

knightbg (447872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516436)

the really huge multi-panel display [mit.edu] outside of toys 'r us in times square.

Madrid metro (1)

Calaf (78730) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516522)

I vacationed in Madrid this summer, and one of the metro lines had LCD screens in the metro cars to show news and advertisements. Imagine my amusement when I walked in the car and saw that all the screens had BSODs. Too funny.

Hotel Video on Demand (1)

cybermancer (99420) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516548)

Recently I was staying in a fairly nice hotel and was contemplating watching one of those video on demand movies in my room. I selected one, and when it should have gone to play it a BSOD appeared for a split second and then the system rebooted. I decided to go to bed instead feeling plenty entertained for the evening. Luckily they didn't charge me for the entertainment.

I think it was running NT or 2K. For some reason I don't remember. It was a late night after a long day at a conference. The reboot seemed different then normal, so it was customized and not out of the box.

Is that Win9x? (1)

cybermancer (99420) | more than 10 years ago | (#7516579)

Looking at the BSOD again I was wondering if that is Win9x or an NT platform. It looks like Win9x to me, but I could be wrong. It would seem a very poor business idea to run a system like that on Win9x. NT is bad enough, but Win9x is worse.

There was that computerized car a while back that was going to run Windows 98 (or was it ME?). I thought that was a very bad idea too. Unfortunately I don't remember any of the details on that one.
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