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The Icon of Sarcasm

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Photo Credit: David July — Lamp post at HarborWalk Marina next to The Lucky Snapper Grill & Bar, 76 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, Florida, 27 November 2010 I was working in my virtual Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard environment the other day and needed to transfer a file to my host system. I was amused to discover that the icon assigned to both my notebook and server was a large, beige CRT with a Windows blue screen of death displayed. This may be old news to the rest of the world, but it was new to me. Back in June 2007, Wired Gadget Lab posted a screenshot of the then-beta OS X 10.5 Leopard containing the icon that they termed an Easter egg. Author Charlie Sorrel ended the brief post by stating, "I hope this makes it into the final release, but somehow I doubt it." It did make it in and when Leopard was released on 26 October 2007, the icon drew some additional attention. Photo Credit: Apple Inc. — Mac OS X Snow Leopard icon for my networked Windows systems. Anil Dash found the icon distasteful and categorized it as passive-aggressive by Apple and lame. Engadget published instructions on how to change the icon to something "a little less condescending." Chris Owens read those instructions and decided to make his own icon to replace the one he termed "a little tasteless." Whether or not it is tasteless or passive-aggressive, I found it amusing even as a lifelong PC and Windows owner. While it is undeniably true that Windows has had a history of stability issues, these problems have been corrected in Windows 7 and are now a thing of the past. In the eleven months I have owned my ThinkPad W500 running Windows 7 64-bit, I have experienced solid performance without any blue screens. Sure, there has been an odd occasional issue, but none has crashed the operating system nor has it caused any. I was not able to get the Windows network map to display the Mac, possibly due to the nature of hardware emulation, so I cannot be certain what icon would display. Having combed through the available icon libraries including shell32.dll, imageres.dll and DDORes.dll, I am however confident that no sarcastic icons exist. At least publicly, who knows what Microsoft engineers have running on their systems. Perhaps it is an icon of an Apple LCD and Sad Mac. Photo Credit: David July — What Mac OS X thinks of my other networked computers, Tallahassee, Florida, 27 January 2010
Photo Credit: David July Original Photo Credit: © Apple Inc. Original Photo Credit: David July

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