The Blue Screen of Death was an early joke that got at the shaky foundation of Microsoft Word. The phrase refers to the notorious screen that appared when a PC running Windows OS crashed. Here’s a history of crashing from Steven Sinofsky and Hardware Software:
The modern 32-bit Windows NT product took blue screens to a whole new level. When Windows itself crashed the screen would be filled completely with the numeric contents of memory. The only indication that nothing good was about to happen was the “*** STOP:” that appeared at the top of the screen indicating that the computer needed to be restarted. This is by most accounts the original Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
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