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Public BSOD Sightings? 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 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bluethundr ( 562578 ) * on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:44PM (#7514978) Homepage Journal
    Not particularly funny, but the PATH [] 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!
    • 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.
    • Better than Boston, at least. All we have a something like 12-character red messageboards which perpetually say "READY...".

      All hail the MBTA.
  • by revmoo ( 652952 ) <> on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:46PM (#7514987) Homepage Journal
    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 :-)
  • You mean (Score:5, Informative)

    by prostoalex ( 308614 ) * on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:46PM (#7514993) Homepage Journal
    Something like this? []
    • Re:You mean (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Ianoo ( 711633 )
      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 assemb
      • 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,
        • If the application is simple enough, you can just run Linux+libsvga and write your own grfx routines with the basic pixel functions libsvga provides. I'm sure anything thats being piped to a TV someplace would work just fine with even basic 640x480x16. No need to load any modules or anything, you could probably fit the kernel, libsvga, and your app on a floppy or something if you tried.
          • Not sure to what your reply is, but the parent of your post wasn't saying that Windows is smaller or anything. It was saying that Windows is often used in these cases because it's quick, oftentimes pretty cheap, and sometimes dirty.

            Why the hell would I want to "write my own gfx routines" and use something low level like Linux and svgalib? That is definately not quick, cheap and dirty. No, you wouldn't have to pay for the OS, but writing all of your own gfx routines would cost the difference in a Windows O
    • This one is always a family favourite.

      bsod shirt [] No it's not a goats.ex link.

      well /. family anyways.
  • TV Station (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Thomas A. Anderson ( 114614 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:47PM (#7514998) Homepage
    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 (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Whatchamacallit ( 21721 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:12PM (#7515299) Homepage
      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.
      • by Feztaa ( 633745 ) on Thursday November 20, 2003 @12:48AM (#7517515) Homepage
        I once saw the on screen scrolling Guide (now owned by TV Guide) crash and it was sitting at an AmigaDOS console prompt.

        One time, at 3 AM, I was surfing, and when I got to the TV Guide channel, what did I see? A MacOS 9 desktop, with some pebbles as the desktop wallpaper. I must have watched that sit there doing nothing for 2 hours before the mouse started to move and then I got to watch some guy launch the TVGuide program :)
      • Re:TV Station (Score:2, Interesting)

        by bjb ( 3050 ) *
        The World Financial Center in New York City used to run their kiosk screens (hanging from the ceiling, announcing events and promotions) on (probably) and Amiga 1000. This was from the time they were opened (around 1986) until around 1998/1999, when the screens were constantly showing Guru Meditation screens (Amiga ROM 1.3). After a few weeks of this, the machine was upgraded to (I imagine) a PC. I imagine the person who knew how to maintain the Amiga was no longer on board, so they couldn't find anyone to
    • I've seen the local community access channel with error messages a few times. Here's one example []; 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

  • by heldlikesound ( 132717 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:48PM (#7515010) Homepage
    Where I'm from, you can go to jail for that stuff.
  • Not a BSOD, but (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Oculus Habent ( 562837 ) * <> on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:49PM (#7515014) Journal
    Over an entire weekend once the Local Access TV station programming was stopped by Norton AntiVirus' Update Definitions message.
  • Warner Village (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Ianoo ( 711633 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:51PM (#7515028) Journal
    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.
  • by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:52PM (#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.
    • I had a similar experience. The self check-in terminals apparently run windows (I saw the blue screen in GRIA [], 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.
    • Back in June, I was at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, when I noticed one of many scheduling monitors was displaying a nice big blue screen of death. Check out these two pics I took:
      Picture 1 [] Picture 2 []

      To be honest, this [] has always been my favourite place to see the bsod.
  • At my local airport I've seen the BSOD on both the 'arriving flights' screen AND the the 'departing flights' screen.
  • 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.

    • 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.

      You don't understand? One of my favorite minor amusements is to always hand the cash drone small change to make the change work out and watch the fun that results.

      The tab comes to $6.62. Hand 'em two fives, two nickels and two pennies. Watch as the clerk counts it up and keys in the $10.12 they have (that will take longer th

      • I can beat this down like a UT noob playing Tacops. Once, and only once, I have had a two dollar bill. Where do I take it? McD's. Only to be told that it is counterfeit because - can you see this coming? - there is no such thing as a two dollar bill.

        Sometimes people get upset when I say "if they were a genius they wouldn't work at McDonald's" but look, if you're smart, you can't stand to even be near those people for long.

  • by blues5150 ( 161900 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#7515133) Homepage
    I made sure to snap a pic of it to remember my trip home from Hawaii.
  • by Neck_of_the_Woods ( 305788 ) * on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @06:59PM (#7515148) Journal
    #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 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by toybuilder ( 161045 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:01PM (#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...
    • 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...


      This isn't a BSOD story, but what the hell -- one of my jobs in college was working the customer service desk at a discount department store. Among other things, this meant being the guy that would announce things like "Mr Grimley, you have a call

    • 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

      Not quite the scale of a Jumbotron, but there's an outfit in Dallas' (wannabe) "Little Asia" area that has a large LED display, visible from I-35E [], that frequently seems a bit messed up. Finally, one day, I found out why. The top right corner of a Windows 95-style error message was displayed... just the top of the exclamation point triangle, plus enou
  • BSODs (Score:4, Funny)

    by CyberVenom ( 697959 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:03PM (#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 (Score:3, Funny)

      by galaxy300 ( 111408 )
      At least we don't have to go back and change the acronym.
    • Many moons ago, our local cable access channel used an Amiga to drive it's interstitials. Frequently, late at night (long after anyone had left the studio, I imagine), channel surfers were treated to a Guru Meditation Error screen. One wonders what people unfamiliar with the hardware thought of that...
    • I've seen a BSOD on the local access cable channel.

      Our Local Access Channel had a Win95 BSoD left up over the weekend, as if no one would/could come in and just reboot the damn thing.

      Story: my Uncle was an TV/Radio Electrical Technician in Upstate NY during the 50's and 60's, highly skilled and sought after for troubleshooting. According to my mom, he was watching a station where he worked, and he noticed something miniscule in the reception. He called up the on-site technician, asked about Obscure Part
  • by elmegil ( 12001 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:05PM (#7515226) Homepage Journal
    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.
  • by sailracer6 ( 262434 ) * on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:12PM (#7515308) Journal
    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 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gumbright ( 574609 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:13PM (#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.
    • Do you have a link to a story or something about this ad? I'm curious.
  • ...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...
  • by booch ( 4157 ) <slashdot2010.craigbuchek@com> on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:18PM (#7515363) Homepage
    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! (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      people like you should be locked up!!!
    • 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!

    • by jayhawk88 ( 160512 ) <> on Friday November 21, 2003 @04:10PM (#7531279)
      Something like this happened to me just about a month ago at a Fairfield in in Dallas TX. We tried turning on the TV when we first got in, and it wasn't working quite right. Fiddled with it for a bit, then ended up turning the TV off and on again.

      This time it came up OK, but imagine my amusement when I saw an AMI BIOS screen. You could then turn channels and get your regular TV, but were always able to get back to the BIOS screen by channel cycling through. It was some kind of weird Channel 0 or something. That set-top movie rent box must have been some kind of serious hack-job. I had half a mind to look for a serial port or something and see what I could do, but it was my honeymoon after all; figured I'd get in trouble if I broke out the toolkit ;)
  • 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.
    • 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.

      You're lucky. I was using a not-my-bank ATM one night when it froze up for a minute or so in the middle of the transaction. It swallowed my ATM card and showed me the "Welcome to the ATM" screen.

      The first thing the following day I called that bank and asked them if they were going to mail me my captured card. "Oh no!. We put those in the shredder!" I had to call my bank and re

  • by FreeLinux ( 555387 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @07:31PM (#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.
    • 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.

      Any speculation on how much Apple paid for that "ad"?

  • They might sue Microsoft for damaging the reputation of McDonald's computer systems of which SCO is a major part.
  • 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!"
  • 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...
  • 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"...
  • At a "future of technology" display at Epcot Center: the future is blue []

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

    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.
  • 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.
  • by Hektor_Troy ( 262592 ) on Wednesday November 19, 2003 @08:26PM (#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 ...
  • 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 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.

  • 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.. :)

  • On my way through the Minneapolis / Saint Paul International airport I saw the blue screen of death on two different occasions. Hope Windows 2000 isnt installed on any of the planes.

  • One of my friends and I got talking about this the other day. The best one we came up with was one of his teachers was driving down the Vagas strip and one of the large billbords BSOD'd. He almost got in an accident he was laughing so hard.

    Another story, though not a true BSOD. Our cable tv guide station here at Michigan Tech desplayed and error and asked to be rebooted for about a week before anything was done about it. So no one knew what was on and had to look at windows errors for a week.
  • My cable company's guide channel used to crash a LOT with the Amiga guru meditation message (I never had an Amiga myself and so my biggest expossure to the machine was its error message, long after they had fallen out of comercial favour)

    since then they've been bought by cablevision (years back now) and I've switched to satellite :)
  • by dotgod ( 567913 ) on Thursday November 20, 2003 @12:21AM (#7517396)
    I run Windows ME, and everyt


  • When my wife and I went to Vegas, one of the casinos had a chicken you could play tic-tac-toe against. Basically, the chicken had been trained to peck whatever spot on the wall of its cage was lit up, so you were really playing the computer. Anyway, if you beat the chicken, you won like $50,000.

    When I played, the game blew up on a runtime error. The chicken's assistant had to restart the game from Windows. It wasn't a BSOD, but it made me feel better after losing to a chicken. :-)
  • Only managed to get a pic [] of one once, because usually Linux just hangs. At least Windoze has the courtesy to tell you when the power switch is your only option.

    [Someone who's frustrated with Linux boxes hanging all the time.]

    • You've had Linux *hang*?

      You sure it isn't just XFree86 hanging?
      • You've had Linux *hang*?

        You sure it isn't just XFree86 hanging?

        If you can't ssh in (or sometimes even ping the machine) then it's hard to blame XFree86. No keyboard response either, of course.

        Of course, it's hard to rule out hardware problems, though I've seen it on enough different machines (all with high-quality hardware) that I highly doubt hardware is the culprit.

        Most hangs seem to occur when doing memory-intensive operations (and therefore swapping). I've also managed to cause hangs by runn

        • Unless you're using some awfully rare hardware that few people have hammered on or running development kernels, I'd tend to look at my hardware first.

          I managed to hang a stable Linux as a result of playing with the MBONE a couple of years ago -- not that common of a usage situation. Other than that, the only hanging problems I've ever had were from hardware (it took me a while to realize that Windows hard-froze with the same used video card that Linux did).
          • Using Intel motherboard, Intel CPU, Intel case. Fairly default install of RedHat9. When you see hangs on 2-3 different machines, it's hard to blame hardware.

            And yes, I know that hardware *can* cause problems. I even found bad ram on one of the boxes. I'm just saying it's silly to claim that Linux is totally stable. It's just not true.

            Current plans are to try using the Magic SysRq keys to get more information next time a hang occurs, but thankfully it's been a while. (The last hang, which happened

  • Las Vegas (Score:2, Funny)

    by ClioCJS ( 264898 )
    If you go to the Little Ceasar's hotel/casino in Las Vegas (Was there on my honeymoon), there are some rides there.

    One of them is one of those "Virtual rollercoasters" where they put everyone in a hydraulic-powered set of theatre-seats, in front of a huge IMAX-like screen.

    The coaster was neat, but it was running WINDOWS 3.1. It crashed. Biggest BSOD I've ever seen. Filled nearly my whole field of vision. Had to wait for it to reboot. Started over.

    Basically we went on the ride twice because of that.

  • At the airport a few months ago (Terminal 2), while waiting to pick up my fiancee's family from a trip, I noticed that the 'Arrivals' ticker was obscured by a giant 'Dr Watson' popup dialog.

    While not quite a BSOD, it was up there for over 30 minutes while I watched, annoyed, that I couldn't see whether their flight arrived or not (saw the flight number, but couldn't see its status).

    Sadly I didn't bring a camera.
  • Like many others, I have also seen BSODs on the departures screens at Heathrow.

    Then about 2 weeks ago, I and all my fellow travellers were treated with a little tidbit of information, namely that the address of the screens above the platform at one of Oslo's underground stations was 34H on one side and 36H on the other, and that both monitors appeared to have been properly aligned, if the test-pattern and circular target-like patterns were to be believed.

    Which is all nice and well, but I was really hopi

  • My towns cable access channel BSOD's every weekend. Not once. Not twice. EVERY weekend.
  • Over at the Las Vegas Hilton, on the Star Trek Experience, there was an interactive touchscreen display with a sign proclaiming, "The Future is Here."
    It's a BSOD.

    Looks like the future is doomed.

    Solomon K. Chang
    "I am Drunk of Borg. Resistance is Floor Tile."
  • We Team OS/2 fanatics used to brag about how much more reliable OS/2 was than DOS or Windows. In fact, we bragged, OS/2 was so reliable that most banks ran their ATMs on it.

    Then one day, while I was traveling, I tried to get some cash from an ATM, and it crashed, swallowing my ATM card. So there I was, far from home, with no cash and no ATM card, and the OS/2 crash screen added insult to injury.

    Then I realized that banks probably used OS/2 in their ATMs because that's what they were offered to connect the
  • Why go out to find BSOD's when you can already enjoy them from the comfort of your home? ;-)
  • Airport (Score:4, Funny)

    by penguinboy ( 35085 ) on Monday November 24, 2003 @02:53AM (#7546057)
    Caught this one [] in Heathrow on my way back from Paris last April.

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