[TUHS] Windows roots and Unix influence (was Re: Happy birthday, Ken Thompson!)

Dan Cross crossd at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 13:40:09 AEST 2018

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 5:43 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> On Sun, 4 Feb 2018, Dan Cross wrote:
>>       Amusingly, I have a device in my airplane that runs NT4 without
>>       any Windows graphical API on it.   You can see the thing printing
>>       the NT4 startup and build number when you power it on and it will
>>       BSOD.
>> BSOD on an airplane? That sounds kind of scary.
> Dunno if you're joking or not, but if you're serious then yes, NT starts
> up with a nice bright blue screen and some gibberish, and to log on you
> have to "CTL/ALT/DEL".  Yes, really...  I did not endear myself to my
> Windoze-loving cow-orkers when I commented that a) it comes with its own
> BSOD, and b) you have to reboot it to log on.

If by BSOD you mean, "Blue Screen of Death", which was NT's crash-dump
indicator then yes: I'm totally serious. I'd find a computer crashing on an
airplane frightening (I mean, I'm imagining that it does something

        - Dan C.
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