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The opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics at China was a brilliant spectacle. Arguably it is supposed to be the best Olympics opening ceremony ever. The festivities climaxed with one of China’s sporting greats, Li Ning, lighting the Olympic torch while hanging from a wire high above the crowd. This marvelous act not only thrilled the audience but also threw a surprise for the software community. The reason was a projection of the famous Blue Screen of Death that greets a user when Microsoft Windows crashes. Take a look for yourself:

What a shame for Microsoft! However they are pretty much used to it. Through the years they have gone through quite a few faux pas. But this one should prove to be an “Olympian” embarrassment for Microsoft. Linux or Mac anyone?