Windows = Mac

farqueue

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Windows = Blue Screen of Death
Mac = Beachball of Death



Grrrrr......
 

GfPQqmcRKUvP

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Yes you are. He is saying the endlessly spinning beachball is just as bad as the blue screen, which I have actually never gotten on a PC. I tend to agree. Upping my RAM did help though...
 

mad jew

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Beachball is fun in the sun.


Arguably a kernel panic screen is more closely aligned with the BSOD. Either way, all operating systems screw up every now and then. It's the frequency and potential data/time loss from these problems that determines how reliable an OS is IMO. :)
 

After G

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Windows != Mac

The BSOD only comes in blue and white (did something bad), red and white (did something REALLY bad), or black and white (xbox 360) and is boring. The cause of the problem cannot be solved a lot of the time, but can be triggered at the drop of a hat. In Windows XP, Microsoft has set the default behavior to reboot on bluescreen so you see this a lot less.
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The Kernel Panic comes in multiple shades of gray and multiple languages and looks cooler. Usually can be traced to a hardware issue or bad program, which is easily gotten rid of in most cases.
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The beachball is rainbow colored, and you can still do other tasks while the beachball is spinning.
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The hourglass (not shown due to a limited number of attachments), often comes before a crash, and often does not allow you to switch to another task while taking up all your CPU time.
 

thechris69

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After G said:
The BSOD only comes in blue and white (did something bad), red and white (did something REALLY bad), or black and white (xbox 360) and is boring. The cause of the problem cannot be solved a lot of the time, but can be triggered at the drop of a hat. In Windows XP, Microsoft has set the default behavior to reboot on bluescreen so you see this a lot less.
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The Kernel Panic comes in multiple shades of gray and multiple languages and looks cooler. Usually can be traced to a hardware issue or bad program, which is easily gotten rid of in most cases.
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The beachball is rainbow colored, and you can still do other tasks while the beachball is spinning.
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The hourglass (not shown due to a limited number of attachments), often comes before a crash, and often does not allow you to switch to another task while taking up all your CPU time.
ive gotten that restart screen once before... i inserted the velvet revolver contraband cd into my g4, and that screen appeared... weird...
 

grockk

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After G said:
In Windows XP, Microsoft has set the default behavior to reboot on bluescreen so you see this a lot less.
When people claim that they've never had a crash on XP this is the reason.

I frequently find my Media Center box has crashed the night before, only because the uptime in the morning is only a few hours. Or I'd never know. On other PC's I fix and there are usually a number of crashes listed in the Event Log. Crashes on PC's has become common place.

But in MS's defense, my laptop will run for weeks without even needing a reboot. One time it was 2 months and only rebooted cuz of an update.
 

DavidLeblond

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After G said:
The beachball is rainbow colored, and you can still do other tasks while the beachball is spinning.
I call BS on that one ;)

Actually sometimes I'll get a "non spinning beachball" which is basically when the process is finished but the OS forgets to make the pointer an arrow again. Very strange.
 

viperguy

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DavidLeblond said:
I call BS on that one ;)

Actually sometimes I'll get a "non spinning beachball" which is basically when the process is finished but the OS forgets to make the pointer an arrow again. Very strange.
lol that's fun.... didn't think OSX had such things. that's soooo PC like!