Microsoft Windows Blue Screen of Death strikes Olympic opening ceremonies

“Well this is just perfect. At the exact moment Li Ning was rounding the lip of the Bird’s Nest during the amazing torch-lighting climax, someone snapped this photo of our good friend the BSOD nestled amongst the Nest’s steel twigs,” John Mahoney reports for Gizmodo.

MacDailyNews Take: 2008 Olympic Games dump unstable, unreliable Windows Vista – August 16, 2007.
Obviously, they should’ve dumped Windows altogether.

“If only one image of this perfectness existed, we’d be dubious, but thankfully, someone has grabbed more from a different angle.,” Mahoney reports.

Full article, with larger images, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Obazoolo” for the heads up.]

Microsoft Windows. For when you absolutely, positively don’t give a shit whether it works or not.


  1. What do you expect from a company that has to use an idea like Mohave to trick people into using their product. I have never seen anything so stunningly absurd in my life.

    Our Bad Software, Your Olympics.


  2. Sadly enough but windows is the only OS where people are developping display manager system and multi-screen projection.

    Too bad, mac can’t do anything here. Those softwares developers just don’t exist on the mac platform

  3. Dug through the comments and found someone who had it on DVR and confirmed it’s presence, for a very short time (less then a minute). As mentioned all of these things would have backups running at the same point to be switched over if anything happens.

  4. Just another example of the shit Redmond defecates out to the masses of lemmings around the world. Maybe Microsoft should borrow from UPS’ slogan – “What can Brown Do for You? – or how about some Blue?”

    Hopefully IT is getting the message and will be demanding more enterprise-centric apps that run on OS X.

  5. LOL @ “Olympic Fail” – perfect! MDN’s final take also sums it up rather excellently.

    Is there an Olympic chair-throwing competition? Ballmer might need to blow off some steam after this.

  6. The Chinese government went through the trouble of creating their own Linux distribution, Red Flag. Why the hell didn’t they use that instead? It can run on Lenovo just as easily as Windows can.

  7. Good.

    I see Windows fanboys on blog comments saying that the BSOD is a thing of the past and no longer happens. That shit happens all the time to me with PCs at work.

    Now maybe this will shut them up.

  8. Walk down nearly any street in Beijing, and you’ll hear, “CD-ROM, DVD?” Ah, the hawking of pirated warez. Instead of going after people who make money pirating, lets go after the kids in their dorm rooms exchanging a few songs.

    Oh, how I love the DMCA and the US legal system.

    Good for the Olympics too, for picking such a crappy country for the `08 Summer Olympics anyway.

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