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Blue Screen of Health

Not so bad news...
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Once in a while, I'd like my computer to pop up with a message of good news. Such as:

- Don't worry, you've got PLENTY of hard disk space left!
- Oh, while you were out, I defragged your hard drive!
- You've got the latest (fill in hardware) drivers! Way to go!
- Can you believe it? I've gone 14 days without crashing!
- I've checked and Microsoft doesn't have ANY security patches this week!

Cedar Park, Feb 13 2003


neelandan, Feb 13 2003

       2, 3 and 5 are baked in Windows XP.
waugsqueke, Feb 13 2003

       [neelandan] not necessarily a WIBNI if it is somewhat useful (although on the HB this is definately a grey area) and bakeable. This is not pie-in-the-sky technology.   

       [waugsqueke], I realize that XP does these things for me, but the only time I hear from it is when something is wrong. I want good news without asking for it!
Cedar Park, Feb 13 2003

       [UB] - NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Cedar Park, Feb 13 2003

       4 and 5 seem a bit WIBNIsh simply because they're so unlikely to ever be true.
beauxeault, Feb 13 2003

       beauxeault, if you cant keep your box running for 14 days then its because of your own lack of skill in maintaining a system.
ironfroggy, Feb 13 2003

       I suppose that depends on what you do with it during those 14 days. (though of course I wasn't really serious to begin with)
beauxeault, Feb 13 2003

       You are fast asleep in bed. It is 3 am. Suddenly there is a great commotion. Someone is hammering on your door and bawling your name.   

       It's the watchman. "Everything is all right, Sir." he says, respectfully touching his cap. "The house hasn't started to burn, the burglar hasn't started opening your window yet, frosty night, starting to snow. And now, if you please, Sir, I shall be moving on."
neelandan, Feb 13 2003

       I hate and usually ignore popup warnings, but this might be handy.
plasticornflake, Feb 13 2003

       Why do I continually imagine implementations of this doing something like "Hey, your computer's running tickety-boo. Everything's fine. There are no pro..." just before it crashes?
PeterSilly, Feb 14 2003

       "no news is good news"
rbl, Feb 14 2003

       The only two things my box is capable of running for 14 days without crashing are Solitaire and the power light.
RayfordSteele, Jul 05 2003

       Nice idealistic idea.
thecat, Jul 11 2003

       What if the computer freezes while the Blue Screen Of Health is on? Sorry, no good.
phundug, Jul 12 2003

       I'm giving this a bun as I think it will provide a stimulus to OS configuration creators to make OSs with bragging rights. If the blue screen said: the perceptible delay on your computer is better than 90 pt of all online computers with the same processorI'd be happier, plus it would drive better user responsiveness product cycles.   

       The big antivirus companies or MS competing browsers' could make the tinyspyware that measured the system's true human responsiveness to compile the comparison.
beanangel, Aug 12 2005

       Someone has been holding out on you because you wouldn't need this if you just switched to a Mac.
vollrath, Aug 16 2005

pooduck, Aug 17 2005


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