April 04, 2004

Blue Screen of Death

Last night my computer continually gave me the blue screen of death. This behavior began every time I tried to open Word. I'd get those crazy "dangerously low on resources" messages and then bad stuff would happen.

Thus, I updated my virus and spyware catchers and then ran them. Same problem. I deleted temp files. Nothing. I deleted my RSS feed. Nothing. Deleted the music files that I wasn't completely keen on. I emailed all my pertinent files to another location....still no more space.

Today I finally got a bright idea: rename the normal template. I had heard of someone doing this before, and thought I should at least give it a shot. Yup, thirty-second fix....I clearly wasted time doing everything else, but now my computer's running quicker than ever!

Posted by Julie Young at April 4, 2004 05:49 PM

I discovered on Friday that the phrase "blue screen of death" is indeed a universal. It's funny that you're blogging about it now too. And it isn't even something unique to just PCs, because we use Macs here. I wonder: who started that phrase and how did it catch on so well?

Posted by: Donna R. Hibbs at April 5, 2004 10:14 AM

Icky blue screen. Hm, I'm familiar with that. Glad that you got your computer to play nice; wish someone could help me do that with mine... I'll probably just buy a new one this summer anyway ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 5, 2004 01:49 PM

Googled it. Found it. Blogged it.


Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 5, 2004 02:01 PM

*cough* Macintosh *cough*

Posted by: Mike Rubino at April 5, 2004 02:29 PM

Funny, that's what happens to me every time I think of using a Mac. ;)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 5, 2004 09:11 PM

I used one today and the window was looking really tempting. I am going to use one of them for the next 3 years on Setonian staff. Be prepared to see Mac corpses on the lawn in front of Lowe Dining Hall.

Posted by: Amanda at April 5, 2004 11:47 PM

Mac corpses! I love it, Amanda! I have a great parody about Macs that, although profane, makes me laugh too hard each time I watch it. :^) You're not truly against Macs until you've seen it.

Posted by: Karissa at April 6, 2004 09:55 AM

You still have to give it to me. We have to be the only friends that don't have each other's IM. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at April 6, 2004 10:21 AM

Here at work, one of my co-workers captured a screenshot of the blue screen of death and made that his screensaver.

I'm wondering if it is to make people feel bad for him, because if he is behind on a project and his screensaver comes on, then you think 'poor guy is going to lose all his work because his computer crashed again.'

Posted by: BAM SE at April 6, 2004 12:13 PM

Hmm. A BSOD tee shirt? Of course, why not...


(BTW, can you make links in a comment? Just HTML code or what?)

Posted by: Ed Lohr at April 7, 2004 12:31 AM

Brian, I love the idea of the BSOD screensaver--they ought to market that! I'm still giggling :^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 7, 2004 08:54 AM

Yeah, I think I enabled html tags for my comment section...

My birthday is coming up in about....7 months. Feel free to send me an BSOD tee. I'm a medium. ;)

Posted by: Julie at April 7, 2004 11:26 AM
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