Blue Screen of Death Strikes Bird’s Nest During Opening Ceremony

August 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am

blue screen of death olympics birds nest

I wonder how bad the Chinese penal system is.  I hope the guy responsible is sitll alive.

During the past couple of months, everything on TV had a featuer of the Beijing Olympics.  Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel have been featuring China in every angle, mostly their preparations for the Olympics.  All the meticulous details that their government has taken to make the Beijing Olympics their "coming out party" have been featured.  Of course, the whole world knew that the opening ceremony would be the grandest ever in the history of the Olympics.

The day finally came for the opening ceremony and on TV it looked awesome! Hands down.  China really went all the way in terms of preparation, performance, technology, manpower, etc. But as always, Murphy’s Law applied.  If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.  Too bad for China, it went wrong at the worst possible time.  Sure it’s not a big deal and not everyone saw it anyway but they can never claim that the opening ceremony was perfect.

The Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD  is a term geeks use for the error page displayed on the monitor when something terribly wrong has happened in the computer.  Typically, it’s a blue screen delivering a message more often than not fatal.

So, what happened during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics?  Well, at the time when China’s torch bearer Li Ning was running around the lip of the new National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) to light up the Olympic torch, a projector screen with the BSOD was on the wall of the stadium amidst all the other visuals on all around the walls at that time.

The BSOD was an error message from the XPe OS used by the 120 HES Axon Media Servers.  The cause for the blue screen? Beijing has not released a statement and they probably won’t.

Anyway, it’s just a trivial detail but it’s just amazing how things go wrong regardless of the preparation.

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