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Saturday, May 29, 2010

West of Bathurst 700

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This is West of Bathurst's seven hundredth comic, and it is on a subject that is, at the moment, quite close to my heart. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Panel 1: In the first panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Barbara glances sidelong at a computer screen displaying the distinctive colour of the Blue Screen of Death. A message on the screen reads "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE." Stickers on the edge of the screen read "West of Bathurst" and "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 2: Barbara is sitting at a table with her laptop open in front of her.

Barbara: Now, here's what we're going to do:

Panel 3:

Barbara: I am going to open a web browser and a word-processing program and type for a bit on your keyboard.

Panel 4:

You are going to sit on the table and let me do it.

Panel 5:

Barbara: You are not going to crash, freeze, refuse to visit randomly selected websites, take ten minutes to close a window, stop recognising keystrokes, or destroy an afternoon's work with the aid of the Blue Screen of Death.

Panel 6:

Barbara: Do I make myself clear?

Panel 7: The laptop's screen goes blue.

Laptop: Fatal error: core dump in progress.

Barbara: I'm so glad we've had this little chat.

Alt-Text: I frequently get people telling me that the Blue Screen of Death hasn't existed since the days of Windows 98. I've had it four times in the last three days, and I'm using Vista. Okay, it's not the old familiar "This program has performed an illegal function and will be shut down" screen, but it's blue, and it happens when the computer undergoes a "fatal error" and crashes. No one will ever convince me that computers are not evil.

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