Apple FAIL whale?

I’m here at Terminal C at the Philadelphia Airport, waiting for my flight to San Francisco.

The airport normally has nice bright displays showing all the departing/arriving flights. Not today.

Folks are usually quick to point out a random BSOD on displays as an example of Windows FAIL, so it’s only fair to show that it happens to the best of ’em.



Truth be told, I don’t know what part of the display is Apple software or hardware.


  1. Shawn says:

    I wonder how the Apple fan boys will explain this one!

  2. matthew says:

    Looks like the default apple screensaver which shows the machine name (hence the sequential names), and not like a kernel panic message (Apple's equivalent BSOD). My guess is a misconfiguration by the administrator to disable the screensaver. So, Administrator FAIL.

  3. Judi Sohn says:

    Possibly, Matthew. I didn't see anything that looked like a kernel panic (trust me, I know what they look like) but there were a few screens that had some sort of cryptic networking error message that I didn't photograph. I just thought it was kind of funny, no big deal. 🙂

  4. Yeah, that's just the default screensaver. They should have turned that off.

  5. Brenna says:

    My marketing teacher once told me the idealism of Apple of PC boiled down to a basic human response–when something goes wrong on a PC we piss and moan about how it must be the computer's fault, piece of crap can't handle what I was trying to do. But with your Mac, when it crashes people think, I must have done something wrong. I had every application I have on my computer opened what was I thinking. Maybe I unplugged it. And we make excuses for it. Go Apple. The only 'blameless' technology in the world.

  6. richmcl says:

    I used to work for Microsoft and it was like a game to see who could find the 'least convenient' BSoD. For me the winner was (at that time) in the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport when all flights were stopped. Since then I saw a great one of a projection about 5 stories tall.

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