The fall is coming to Seattle very soon. It happens every year. And so it goes with computers and Operating Systems too.
It's inevitable. No matter how good your software is, it will eventually grow to such a massive size, with so many features and so many latent little bugs that don't surface until the wrong bit of code gets introduced, that your software will soon turn into a big pile of shit.
I think if you look up something like "mac spinning rainbow ball" then you'll find all kinds of hits that date back to god knows when. But it never means anything until it happens to you. And so it is. It's happened to me. My MacBook Pro finally crashed under the legendary Spinning Ball of Death. It's the SBOD. You can even pronounce it. And it pretty much sounds about as delightful as it is to experience it.
In the case of Windows, it's always been plagued with the Blue Screen of Death. aka BSOD, but I never heard anyone give it a acronym. It was always just called "blue screening". I don't think there is a person on earth whose PC has never crashed while displaying it. It usually meant that your computer was now forever F'ed. It would gradually become slower and more inoperable. Too much random software installed on an Operating System (OS) that wasn't strong enough in the first place.
The Apple Operating Systems have been legendary for their stability and reliability. Even viruses where either non-existent or much, much, much less prone. But now my $4000 machine has crashed once and so its days are numbered. The most ironic part of it all is that it was in the middle of a Time Machine backup. Once it went SBOD, I tried pulling the USB backup drive out and it was still aware enough to tell me "you didn't eject that drive gracefully."
Yeah man, no shit. Thanks for that tidbit of love as you SBOD me.
My name is Dae Yu.