Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

Bonus: even more Acorn on show

BSOD WATCH It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information.

So let's open this week's BSOD Watch with not one, but three BSODs readers spotted at London's aviation paradise, Heathrow Airport.

Paul sent us a pair from 2012. Nice composition in the first, highlighting the discs dangling in the ceiling.

BSOD at Heathrow

The second and third (the latter from 2011, says our informant) highlight a future feature request for Windows: could it detect screen orientation when there's a BSOD?

BSOD at Heathrow
BSOD at Heathrow

In a similar vein, Michael spotted this in the Stockholm underground.

BDOS in Stockholm

Next, we go to Zurich, where Richard Purves takes us back to the world of large-scale BSODs.

The folks behind Twitter account @NorthSydneyTweetup captured not only scale, but mystery, snapping this one yesterday on the Australian Stock Exchange's (ASX's) info-board.

Not so much “blue” as “red, yellow, and green screen of death” …

It's always amusing to see BSODs expose obsolete Windows versions that really should be updated. First, there's this from Dave, in March 2015.

BSOD in Walmart

He adds: “What was funny was that the screens on ALL of the checkout registers were showing that same message at the same time. I've also seen them all BSOD simultaneously, but I don't have a picture of that anymore. “

And from Twitter user @xeideathangelz:

To close out, I suspect we should institute another call for submissions – specifically looking for Acorn surviving in public displays.

BSOD - Acorn

Here's one from @richilton on Twitter:

Thanks, readers, you know how to find us if you have more BSODs to share. ®

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