Stuck for an April Fool’s joke? Let Microsoft help you out

By Mark O’Neill

I am not normally a big April Fools person but when I saw this joke this morning, I couldn’t resist trying it out – and it comes from Microsoft ironically enough.

It’s the Blue Screen of Death screensaver and when your hapless victim has their back turned, just install it on their computer, activate it and then say “oh look, your computer has that funny blue screen thingie”.

I tried it on my girlfriend and before I could say “let’s buy an Apple Mac”, she was dialling the electronics store to complain that the computer was breaking down after only buying it from them 4 months ago. When she discovered it was only a screensaver, I had to run for my life.

So it really is true – Germans really don’t have a sense of humour!

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7 Responses to Stuck for an April Fool’s joke? Let Microsoft help you out

  1. I made a powerpoint presentation with the blue screen (Disabled keyboard except ESC)

    Then added it to the autorun thing on my USB. Now all I have to do is plug my pendrive in and hit enter and run (Once I've removed my Pendrive)

  2. I made a powerpoint presentation with the blue screen (Disabled keyboard except ESC)

    Then added it to the autorun thing on my USB. Now all I have to do is plug my pendrive in and hit enter and run (Once I’ve removed my Pendrive)

  3. I have a similar screensaver for about a year. It's not so funny if I leave a meeting and it comes on, and someone decides to be helpful and power-cycle my laptop!!

  4. I have a similar screensaver for about a year. It’s not so funny if I leave a meeting and it comes on, and someone decides to be helpful and power-cycle my laptop!!