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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen 169

Posted by timothy
from the and-he-approved-this-message dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes According to Microsoft developer Raymond Chen, Steve Ballmer didn't like the original text that accompanied the Ctrl-Alt-Del screen in Windows 3.1, so he wrote up a new version. If you used Windows at any point in the past two decades, you can thank him for that infuriatingly passive 'This Windows application has stopped responding to the system' message, accompanied by the offer to hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete again to restart the PC (and lose all your unsaved data). Update: 09/09 15:30 GMT by S : Changed headline and summary to reflect that Ballmer authored the Ctrl-Alt-Del screen, not the BSoD, as originally stated.
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

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  • Re:Amiga (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gargleblast (683147) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @08:12PM (#47831189)

    If a system can display an error message, it is not messed up enough.

    Yeah. A really good Amiga crash would randomly poke the graphics and sound chips and the machine would look and sound as if it were about to explode.

  • Guru Meditation (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 04, 2014 @08:54PM (#47831433)

    The term "Guru Meditation Error" originated as an in-house joke in Amiga's early days. The company had a product called the Joyboard, a game controller much like a joystick but operated by one's feet, similar to the modern-day Wii Balance Board. Early in the development of the Amiga computer operating system, the company's developers became so frustrated with the system's frequent crashes that, as a relaxation technique, a game developed where a person would sit cross-legged on the joyboard, resembling an Indian guru.[3] The player tried to remain extremely still; the winner of the game stayed still the longest. If the player moved too much, a "guru meditation" error occurred.[4] The final unlockable balance activity in Wii Fit represents a similar game. The same game is unlocked from the start in Wii Fit Plus.

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