Windows BSoD takes the Gold at the Beijing Olympics - Macenstein

Windows BSoD takes the Gold at the Beijing Olympics

Faithful Macenstein reader Adam Davie sent us these shots he found on the River Cool forums showing that once again, Windows’ Blue Screen of Death has crashed another event, this time the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics Games.

Above: hmm… maybe no one will notice…

Perhaps this is simply Microsoft’s idea of “product placement”, as the BSOD is one of the more recognizable features of Windows, and perhaps transcends all language barriers.

14 Responses to “Windows BSoD takes the Gold at the Beijing Olympics”
  1. TFH says:

    Are we sure this is a BSoD and not a crash screen for the media server software? Just saying…

  2. telp says:

    It’s blue, and its a screen, and it looks like death. I think its a bsod, yes.

  3. Albert says:

    look s like photoshop to me

  4. mac-daddy says:

    Being in China, it was probably a bootlegged copy of Windows, as well!

  5. Steven O says:

    Seems photoshopped to me, but it would be funny if true.

  6. Anson J says:

    Yup, it’s the BSoD!
    This is the screen found in XP / Vista, which looks different from the original Windows 9x version… though both are the same, good ol’ blue.

  7. Jonro says:

    Tickets to the opening ceremony: $500
    Plane Tickets to Beijing: $2,000
    Having your operating system screw up in front of the world: Priceless

  8. casper says:

    guys don`t you figure that its the time to immigrate to Linux heaven!!!

  9. Mike says:

    Funny that there are always comments about pirate copies or bootleg version when it comes to discussion like this about China. The funniest part is whenever I saw stores which sell those copies in the Asia, at least half of the customers are white.

    By the way, these pics look very photoshop-ed to me.

  10. Drew says:

    The media servers are running windows XPe. They are called Axon servers by High End Systems. You can take a look at their set-up here:

    I used to work on them and had a similar issue with a few of them.

  11. photogirl says:

    That is freakin’ awesome! 🙂

  12. Why would it be Photoshopped?

    Wherever Windows runs you run the risk of BSOD. Considering other people have taken pictures of this from different angles it would have to mean that it was a coordinated Photoshopping effort so maybe China has united the world. 😉

    Ironically there was a program on the other night where they had a look at Bill Gate’s new penthouse suite in China.

    “Welcome to China, we WILL make you feel at home.”

    The other thing that amuses me is that the BSOD is in English.

  13. David Legg says:

    I can’t believe that people are surprised to see a BSOD.
    But then maybe Mac and Linux users have never seen one!

  14. Conal says:

    > But then maybe Mac and Linux users have never seen one!

    I suspect most Mac OS X users know about holding down the power button to regain control of their machine after a kernel panic (or just a plain ol’ locked up UI). I’ve certainly used it enough times in recent years.

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