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It's kinda baked. Apple OSX has a flashing
screen function hidden somwhere in the
Universal Access preference panel, which
works very nice. The whole screen lights
up shortly, fading in and out very fast. I
like it. It resembles a visual representaion
of a small pain, like the way it feels
being slapped in the face.
This reminded me of how being shot in
some first person shooters is being
visualised. The screen flashes red, and
after a few hits the overall hue becomes
redder and opaquer. This strikingly
adequate represenation of pain, would be
a good indicator of your systems health,
and/or the seriousness of the problem.
||As someone who empathizes with his machines to a disturbing extent, I like this idea.
||On the other hand, I don't know how many of the sane people out there would actually *want* error messages to hit them *harder*.
||Anyone old enough to remember playing Gauntlet in the Arcades?
Prehaps the Red flash accompanied with a deep booming voice announcing "Processor is about to die.."
||"Processor needs food, badly!"
||User edges away from suddenly open drive tray.