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Apple's Tiger Will Include BSOD Widget

By Russell Skingsley

Cupertino, CA - Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller announced that the next update to its operating system "Tiger" would come with a blue screen of death widget. He said that this is being released in response to users that need to blend in with their corporate standard operating environments.

"Many users prefer to use a Mac at work but fear the persecution from the IT support staff for not complying with the corporate standard," said Schiller.

Now Mac users can install the BSOD widget and when they see the IT manager approaching simply press "F12." Their screen instantly becomes filled with an image of the blue screen of death. Not only does this fool the IT manager into believing the user is adhering to the corporate standard, it also sends him scurrying back to his office as quickly as possible to avoid fixing the problem.

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Schiller suggested that this continues the trend of making Mac OS X more "enterprise friendly."

"What started with Windows file-sharing compatibility that only partly works is further improved with the BSOD widget. We at Apple understand that we need to increase our perception of unreliability if we are to compete with Windows in the workplace. The BSOD widget is big step in that direction."

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