Windows' Blue Screen of Death: A History

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Windows 8 has a new Blue Screen of Death: a sad face emoticon—at least in the Developer's Preview. A sad face. That may be new to Windows 8, but the terror of the stop error certainly is not.

You're familiar with the Blue Screen of Death, yes? If you've used Windows, there's good chance you've encountered this worrisome image. The Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSOD) occurs when hardware or drivers on Windows PC produces a fatal error that results in a system crash. Windows courteously displays the error information onscreen using white text on a blue background—hence the name.

The seemingly indecipherable Matrix-like code (at least to laymen) can prove quite intimidating to those who have never seen a BSDOD. Still, despite the "death" part of its nickname, BDOD's are typically resolved with a reboot.

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