Guru Meditations and other "oh s*it" screens.


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Amiga

Early in the development of the system, the Amiga engineering team constructed a controller called the “Joyboard”, similar to a Wii Balance Board. 
The game involved the player sitting on the Joyboard, in a stereotypical cross-legged guru meditation position, and when the player did move, the game would announce their turn had ended on a ‘guru meditation error’.  
The so forward-looking device didn’t happen however the team kept this in-house joke around, making it into the AmigaOS as a sort of easter egg.

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Windows

Windows has a longer history on the matter and the famous among the geek community Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD for short has murdered more productivity hours than all dictators around the world.
Since the first version of Windows, there’s has been a form of BSOD and over the years they evolved from less cryptic toward more technical useful until reaching a hybrid combo of pleasing and useful.

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This video will give you a full history of the infamous BSOD although my most favorite of all is this one.


Funny enough, at least for whom place the on Microsoft at least, the mac has been shipping for years an easter egg not so hidden in the OS about the BSOD. Every time macOS detects a PC no matter what version of Windows is running they display this thumbnail:

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Which the BSOD popular in Windows 9x editions. It is 2017 and they still shipping that.

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Apple has the leader since its inception has always had a level of fun element till reaching total shielding from any type of technical knowledge. Their assumption is “you don’t need to know what just happened” I guess based on the principle “if you know what you are doing, you know what to do next”.
This video gives you a good history of details about what Apple went thru on the matter.

Linux

There are multiple flavors of that OS and they don’t have the same equivalent at least in the same fashion. They have what they call Kernel Panic.

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Not as sexy however it lines up with the philosophy behind the culture of Linux. This thread can also give you how the community takes the question when you ask “what’s the BSOD equivalent in the Linux world”
It’s a matter of style and audience but in the end software crashes, no matter what. Windows with the audacious goal of giving you as much hardware access as possible have shown more panic screens than others. Good luck, no matter what you are using, if it is software-based (firmware too) you are gonna crash one day.

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