CNet doesn't know what a BSOD looks like

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The caption to this photograph — spotted on CNet's gadget blog, Crave — reads "CNET News reporter Elinor Mills knows what it's like to feel frustrated by computer glitches." Apparently! Look at her: the woman is so perturbed she actually needs to clamp the lid of her skull down on the pan, lest her brain boil over. One would imagine that even the citizens of Hiroshima, witnessing an encroaching wall of nuclear fire racing towards them out of ground zero, somehow managed to be more composed.

So yes, we agree: CNet News reporter Elinor Mills knows what it's like to feel frustrated by computer glitches. There couldn't be any less doubt about that if she was tearing long strips of skin from her face with her finger nails. Curiously, though, it seems that what CNet News reporter Elinor Mills doesn't know is what a blue screen of death actually looks like. Here's a hint: it is neither a pop-up window nor an embedded graphic in a Word document. You may stuff your hysterically disgorged eyeballs back in their sockets, Elinor. There is nothing to see here.

Young people, men more optimistic when tech fails [CNet]

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9 Comments

  1. She obviously doesn’t know dick about ergonomics, either; check out the placement of keyboard and mouse right at the edge of the desk.

  2. and no mention of the tiny Buddha and the ginormous tube of lotion under her arm?

    Also I don’t think I’ve ever had a BSOD on this computer.

  3. My stance is that if you have a floor-to-ceiling view of a downtown metropolitan center from your office desk, you can shut the hell up about your computer glitches, be the glitches real or imagined.

  4. Not to mention that it definitely looks like a Windows 95/98/ME BSOD – the NT-style BSODs are left-aligned and start on the top of the screen.

  5. websense does not allow me to login to your website so I must post anonymously

    Obviously this photo was taken just for the article. Just trying to make a little illustration / levity not meant to picked apart. CNET’s headquarters are in San Francisco .. I would hope a senior editor has access to a window

  6. I’m still trying to figure out what the orange creature staring at you from the bottom left corner is…..

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