= B =
Blue Screen of Death n.
[common] This term is closely
related to the older Black Screen of Death but much more
common (many non-hackers have picked it up). Due to the extreme
fragility and bugginess of Microsoft Windows, misbehaving
applications can readily crash the OS (and the OS sometimes crashes
itself spontaneously). The Blue Screen of Death, sometimes
decorated with hex error codes, is what you get when this happens.
(Commonly abbreviated BSOD.)
The following entry from the
Salon Haiku Contest, seems to have predated popular use of the
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death
No one hears your screams.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.