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November 10, 2006

Blue Screen of Death Screensaver is a Bad Joke

Ha ha ha, I don't get the joke.  It's not that it isn't funny.  I just can't figure what is the point.  A number of news articles and blog entries are pointing to a page on the Microsoft web site where the company offers a blue screen of death screen saver.  Funny in concept, especially with this description:

One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.

Bluescreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers. For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all taken from the system Bluescreen is running on.

Use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!

Bluescreen runs on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 9x (it requires DirectX).

However, anti virus software blocks the download or extraction from the zip file Microsoft supplies.  Once again, ha ha ha.  Out of all the news articles and blog notes, only one points out the virus angle.  Microsoft must have hired John Kerry to work out this prank.  It's as lame as his comic sense and delivery.  Mark my words, that last sentence in the description about what systems can run it is bound to draw a lawsuit over false claims by someone even less humor-challenged than the Senator.

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