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Capture the Hog: BSOD Strikes The Bay

Posted by Staff / November 8, 2007

World's Largest Blue Screen of DeathBlue Screen of Death (photo by Sean Galbraith)

For the last few days, the four giant display "screens" at The Bay downtown have been crashed. Could this be the world's largest BSOD?

UPDATE (Nov10, 11am):
This photo, taken last night, suggests that someone finally got to the source and fixed it. Thanks for dropping your photo in our pool, Jen44!



matt / November 8, 2007 at 07:05 pm
Oh, let's keep it this way!
J / November 8, 2007 at 07:16 pm
Blue screen of death...LOL. Why wouldn't they turn off the illumination until they fix it?
Sean Galbraith / November 8, 2007 at 07:35 pm
J: During the day you can't tell.. maybe no one has told them! :-)
The Toronto Traveler / November 8, 2007 at 08:27 pm
Now, if only we could get the ones in Dundas Square to follow suit... ;)
Gloria / November 8, 2007 at 08:40 pm
I actually once did catch the giant LG tower glitching out ... it was frozen with a pop-up window saying "Script error -- do you want to continue running scripts on this page?" It was delightful.
Jerrold / November 8, 2007 at 10:29 pm
Somebody call Guinness! :P
michaelg / November 9, 2007 at 06:34 am
They should have gotten a mac... then they could have had a kernal panic.
Steve / November 9, 2007 at 07:36 am
that is pretty funny.
frank / November 9, 2007 at 08:30 am
Ben / November 9, 2007 at 08:58 am
Is there a higher quality image somewhere?
Sean Galbraith / November 9, 2007 at 09:01 am
Ben: The source is a 10megapixel jpg that I've not put online. Why?
J / November 9, 2007 at 09:13 am
ben probably wants to be able to read the error code so he can cold call the Bay and offer to fix their bad disk sector :P
Sean Galbraith / November 9, 2007 at 09:18 am
Unfortunately, the original isn't readable anymore than this is. The "signs" aren't really signs. They are hanging string of lights that, from a far, can produce images. But they are too widely spaced to read text.
ColBalt / November 9, 2007 at 09:39 am
LOL. Thanks for the heads up, no one told me. I've fixed the problem.
Diane / November 9, 2007 at 10:11 am
What are the dimensions of these screens, does anyone know?
Sean Galbraith / November 9, 2007 at 10:14 am
They are 2 storeys high, so, over 20 feet tall, and I'd suspect about 40' wide?
Rick / November 9, 2007 at 10:25 am
I saw a similar thing on one of the screens in Times Square once.

I love when those screens crash.
I love it more when it's not noticed by the person in charge of the screen for a while.
taggie / November 9, 2007 at 11:12 am
The better quality image would make for a great desktop image :)
Sean Galbraith / November 9, 2007 at 01:44 pm
If anyone wants it as a wallpaper image, let me know.
Duncan / November 9, 2007 at 01:44 pm
This reminds me of an error message I saw on an electronic billboard in New York York last October.

Mike_NJ / November 9, 2007 at 02:04 pm
A wallpaper version of that would rock!
jibb / November 9, 2007 at 10:01 pm
I wish I had seen them when it was like that. But unfortunately they are back to normal.
tcaruth / November 9, 2007 at 11:56 pm
i'd like the original to use as wallpaper...
Hiddentrack / November 9, 2007 at 11:58 pm
I certainly would love to have a wallpaper version of that pic. :D
Sean Galbraith / November 10, 2007 at 12:29 am
Link to wallpaper:
Daniel Rappaport / November 10, 2007 at 03:26 am
If this doesn't let that part of the world know that Macs are TRULY where it's at, then, I fear, not much more will.
uzuff / November 10, 2007 at 06:01 am
which city is this? anywhere in canada i guess, reminds me a bit of victoria
rek / November 10, 2007 at 11:59 am
uzuff - The TO in BlogTO is for Toronto.

I saw this the other night but didn't have my camera with me.
guille / November 10, 2007 at 08:04 pm
I remember watch something like that in the screen of Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Actually I have one photo, but I don't had time to put its somewhere... LOL xD
Nate / November 10, 2007 at 10:40 pm
looks like the file is ntfs.sys
Ben / November 11, 2007 at 07:43 am
Thanks Sean,

I was hoping to be able to read it. It's nice to have anyway (I put it in my backgrounds rotation).

meeero / November 11, 2007 at 12:07 pm
holy cr*p, ..they'd better get linux.
Saad Durrani / November 11, 2007 at 02:26 pm
Goodness Me! Thats weird and I thought it only happens to my local cable network.
Mari / November 12, 2007 at 01:02 am
thank you for the screen :))
Mari from Germany
HappyPanda / November 12, 2007 at 03:16 am
I can't help but wonder what would happen if a UNIX based system ran that thing and displayed a "kernel panic". Would people start running around screaming like morons on their way to the shelters?
Kolo88 / November 13, 2007 at 06:31 am
Dont live there, but it looks like a fake, isn't it ?
kalex / November 16, 2007 at 08:27 am
This is why (I tell my students) you will NEVER see Microsoft Windows used in the space program, nuclear power plants, or in life-support systems in hospitals. In other words--no place where life and limb is at stake.
elliot p / November 16, 2007 at 01:42 pm
Sean Galbraith / November 16, 2007 at 01:44 pm
What is "shooped"?
kalex / November 16, 2007 at 01:59 pm
HappyPanda, In perhaps 20 years of working with Unix (and more recently, Linux) systems, on many different hardware platforms, I've seen a "kernel panic" exactly once, and the pot of coffee spilled on the top of that particular machine that day probably had something to do with it. If it's "mission-critical," folks tend to pick Unix on big boxes and Linux on desktop boxes. MS Windows has 95% of the desktop/consumer market, but 98% of the servers on the Internet are running Unix/Linux. Any questions?

Bobby Flay / November 18, 2007 at 02:29 am
Umm, I've got news for you. Most ATM machines run on NT.
Кевин / November 18, 2007 at 11:37 am
@Bobby Flay Which is exactly why the cashpoint at the shop up the road WILL NEVER WORK.
AnySys / November 28, 2007 at 04:39 am
I have been working with systems for 36 years and have seen every system crash more than once. In 80% of the cases it is related to user / operator error / lack of attention, like coffee on server, This week alone I have had 3 Unix systems bite the farm. Please check the 98% of Servers number, you must remember the internet is world wide, The Linux / Unix / Window numbers depend entirely how the question is asked, and where you are asking.
iron chef / December 6, 2007 at 03:50 pm
"Umm, I've got news for you. Most ATM machines run on NT."

Um, news for they don't. Try OS/2 or any flavour of Linux/Unix...not NT.
Gladstone / December 22, 2007 at 02:43 pm
It was not photoshopped. I saw it myself.
JingleManSweep / January 4, 2008 at 08:36 am

In the UK, certain bank machines (ATM) do run Windows NT or 2000. This worries me as I often to see my local ATM (near the office) with a "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Error" popup on the screen.

As a Linux user, I tend not to use that machine very often (only in emergencies), as I often wonder if the runtime error could occur after your bank balance is updated but before the cash is dispensed.

Bloody Windows!
Jaredude / January 27, 2008 at 02:29 am
There were unused icons on the desktop in Times Square last July:
Ryan L. / September 24, 2008 at 02:56 pm
Sean's photo was recently featured in an article on the most infamous error messages of all time:
ClearlyPro / July 7, 2009 at 04:46 pm
When I tried to log on to my pc, a box saying “there are not sufficient resources to load” my account with the default something-or-other popped up. The message had a timer that was going to close the message, and then when it closed it would not log me on. I could not turn it on normally so I cut the power. When I turned it back on I logged on fine?
I read here <a href=>;Network Support</a> but couldnt make sense?

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Интересный пост, спасибо вам. Меня интересует только вопрос - будет ли продолжение? :)
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Все-таки реально нравится мне Ваш блог. Всегда очень интересно читать, включая эту тему. :)
Nick Campagne / October 12, 2010 at 04:03 pm
"What is "shooped"?"
sujirou / March 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm
this is fake. if the system driving these screens really went into a crash, it would no longer have the ability to display the stop error on those giant things.
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