by Volker Weber

generic pc

This is the Leopard icon for a generic PC. I can only assume it is meant to insult the user of a run-off-the-mill PC. Not only does it show a BSOD, but it also shows a redesigned version with a blue swoosh on a Taiwan-style CRT in beige. Very much like your beautiful 30" screen you did not buy from Apple which screams DELL at you every time you sit in front of it.


This seems quite in line with the way many Mac users feel about "PCs" (an idiotic term if used to denote non-Mac personal computers). This is somewhat similar to the pride of Linux people, but less substantiated considering the closed nature of Apple products and business models.

I guess if you have not customers, but disciples, you can get away with almost anything.

Henning Petersen, 2007-10-29

Reality Distortion Field. Leopard "causes" plenty of BSODs itself (in fact, older APE versions from Unsanity seem to be the culprit here...)

Thomas Cloer, 2007-10-29

I'm a Mac (old Powerbook, with Tiger) user at home and a Windows user at the office (mostly XP, sometimes Win2k, and a laptop with Vista that I avoid, various servers). I can't remember the last time I had a bluescreen. Well, I had one last week on a test server, but that doesn't count. The only reason my servers don't usually have uptimes more than 30 days is because of reboots after Patch Tuesday.

I'm not Microsoft evangelist, but this virus-laden, BSOD-plagued image that Windows systems have hasn't been my experience in many years. Maybe in the Win98, WinME days, but not since Win2k.

Scott Gentzen, 2007-10-29

I like it, it's funny with a twink and of course it's not correct, but that doesn't matter.

Martin Hiegl, 2007-10-29

I like the way they've made a special effort to make the screen look very curved. Someone's clearly spent time and effort on the image. Very amusing...

Stuart McIntyre, 2007-10-29


I saw this in finder and thought it was something specific to my installation.

Bruce Elgort, 2007-10-29

On top of it all, this is a BSOD you are not going to see in any version of Windows from Windows 2000 on, this one is from a DOS based Windows.

I must agree with Scott. The occasions you can see a BSOD have become rare. On a correctly configured system with stable application software and stable hardware you are unlikely to see one at all.

By definition, a Mac is more likely to be fine tuned correctly than the average possibly-overclocked, stick-in-any-components, use-godawful-drivers, roll-your-own PC. This about is the difference when it comes to system stability. In PCs its not what you can, but what you should put in. In Macs, what you can put in is very limited.

Martin Böhm, 2007-10-29

It's even more insulting that Apple thinks anyone tech savvy enough to have actually seen a BSOD won't recognize the one they showed is from Windows 98 or earlier, and it is rather telling that Apple had to go back a decade to get a screenshot of a BSOD. If they had done a little research they would have found them in both Windows 2000 and XP.

Martin, everyone knows that OS X never has blue screens. Except maybe Apple. I'd hate to be sitting in Apple's glass house right now. :-)

Charles Robinson, 2007-10-29

It amazes me how much serious discussion there has been around this one icon in Leopard. Some people have gotten pretty fired up by it. It’s just a bit of fun, nothing to get agitated about.

(Although yes, “glass houses” do come to mind!)

Ben Poole, 2007-10-29

It's not accuarte. It's perhaps unwise. It's funny. The same can be said of almost every joke I've ever laughed at.

Andy Reimer, 2007-10-29

What ever happened to your sense of humor? I find this funny. Childish, unjustified - but funny.

Stefan Tilkov, 2007-10-29

I love it. It's hysterical. Obviously, their target audience is not the Windows lover. Take it for what it is; having a little fun at the expense of Uncle Bill.

I use both an iMac G5 running Tiger (I'll upgrade to Leopard later this year) and a Dell Latitude D620 running Windows Vista Business. The latter of the two which serves as the world's greatest "Get a Mac" ever invented.

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-10-29

Don't you ever dare call be politically correct. :-) Of course it is funny.

Volker Weber, 2007-10-29

Interesting post on the Leopard install blue-screens, from John Gruber. Looks like the Logitech Control Center software is also causing issues (because it uses APE under the covers):

John Gruber: Blue in the face.

Ben Poole, 2007-10-29

*Finally*, vowe discloses his sense of humour on his one.. !

Yes. Funny. Glass houses? Absolutely. Insulting ? Yeah.

But dont we love it?

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2007-10-30

Don't we love it? Well, yes. But I'd love it even more if they'd have done it right ;)
So this is a PC server? I'm inclined to have some doubts.

Stefan Rubner, 2007-10-30

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