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Kernel Panic Screensaver

Months ago, I downloaded a Kernel Panic Screensaver, which is a screensaver for Mac OS X that simulates a kernel panic – the Mac equivalent of Windows’ Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). I suppose the main reason why you would download this was so that you could stealthily set it as someone’s screensaver and then watch their face when they think their system has crashed and all of their unsaved work has gone.
Anyhow, yesterday I was flicking through my screensavers and saw ‘kpsaver’. Not remembering what it was, I tested it out. Lo and behold, a kernel panic appeared on my screen and my heart sank. I’d just crashed my MacBook.
Of course I hadn’t and I soon realised that actually this was a joke. But for a moment there I actually thought I’d crashed it.
So yeah, I managed to prank myself. Go me.
For reference, I’ve had kernel panics on both of my Macs before, but I can’t honestly remember when – certainly not in the past 6 months (i.e. since the upgrade to Leopard) and probably even longer than that. But then Hari hasn’t had a BSOD in the same time frame so that proves nothing 🙂 .

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