The Sydney Morning Herald has a great piece on a computer malfunction that showed up during the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing. The dreaded “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD), familiar to Windows XP users, was projected on the stadium ceiling when one of the display computers crashed. Here’s one of the images:

Blue Screen of Death at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony

It seems that Lenovo (the PC supplier for the games) chose Windows XP instead fo Vista. From the article:

Lenovo chairman, Yang Yuanqing, was quoted as saying that because of the complexity of the IT functions at the Games, it was decided to not use the the more recent operating system. “If it’s not stable, it could have some problems,” he said.

Ironically, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates was in the crowd (he can run but he can’t hide). :-)

Gizmodo has some more images and links to the incident.

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One Response to Windows “Blue Screen of Death” at Olympic Opening Ceremony

  1. Josh Brahm says:

    Ok, that’s one of the best pictures I’ve seen in a long time. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one to get that screen!


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